Category Manager to AkzoNobel Paints & Coatings,

Sweden, Skåne, Malmö

Business unit: Paints and Coatings

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel har en passion för färg. Vi är experter i det stolta hantverket att utveckla och tillverka färg och vi har satt standarden för färg och kulörer sedan 1792. Vår förstklassiga portfölj av varumärken - inklusive Nordsjö, International, Sikkens och Interpon - är betrodd av kunder runt om i världen. Vi har huvudkontor i Nederländerna och är verksamma i över 80 länder. Våra 35 000 talangfulla medarbetare brinner för att leverera de högpresterande produkter och tjänster våra kunder förväntar sig. För mer information, vänligen besök


Our Category team is now looking for a Category Manager, who will help us service our 39 own stores in Sweden, Norway and Denmark and our wholesales business Färghandels kompaniet..
We work in an informal atmosphere based on diverse cultures, background and experience. We work as a team and aim to help each other to achieve our targets.
Your main responsibility as a Category Manager is to work as internal as well as external stakeholder. This is a role that require a strategic mindset as well as a will to work on an operative level when required. You will report to European Buying Manager, and the service is based in Malmö/Sege
As a Category Manager, your main duties and responsibilities will be to:
- Manage and develop the designated categories to ensure customer needs are met to deliver category sales and margin targets whilst considering all other commercial requirements and constraints
- Gain category insight and full market understanding to be an expert in the category through continuous competitor analysis, external or internal market research and through meeting with suppliers
- Responsible for conducting a professional sourcing and negotiation process for a specific category in accordance to the requirements of the internal stakeholders, meeting business needs and ensuring security of supply
- Working closely with Category Activation to identify and develop any in store opportunities also ensuring planograms work to achieve the optimal value and ease of shop.
- Identify and manage own brand opportunities
- Develop an annual product promotion programme, working with marketing to ensure a good mix of customer offers. Monitor and evaluate performance to ensure their effectiveness.
- Experienced procurement or category management professional with a broad understanding of a retail or trade environment
- Previous experience at a buyer level in retail or other significant supplier management experience
- Interpersonal and influencing skills with multiple stakeholders with different interests in a complex environment
- Ability to drive and steer multiple projects at the same time, ensuring a focus on business priorities
- Effective and experienced negotiator
- Fluent in English
- Good understanding, both verbal and written, in Nordic languages

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Job characteristics

Closing date

November 17, 2019

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Business unit

Paints and Coatings

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Full time/part time


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Job requirements/Candidate profile

As a person you have Business and key financial understanding and a Strong result orientation drive. You are able to keep a business focus while driving multiple projects simultaneously. You have exceptional communication and presentation skills in both English and a Nordic language.
To be successful in this position we believe that you have an analytical and structured mindset way of working. You are a good team player with networking skills and you are able to drive the business forward. We believe you enjoy working in high tempo in a changing environment.

Additional information

T he position is placed on our site in Sege, Malmö. Your application can be sent both in Swedish or English.  
Please apply via our online recruitment system. We do not accept applications via e-mail, these applications will be disregarded.
For additional information about the position, please contact Maria Barreus, European Buying Manager, + 46 708 35 06 85  or Klas Tengroth, Head of Stores, +46 709 49 08 35.

For information about the recruitment process please contact Elisabet Haraldsdottir, Talent Resourcing Partner, phone +46 703 50 17 99.
If you have any general questions about your application or need assistance please contact:
For Unions related questions, please contact:
Facklig kontakt:
Unionen: Jörgen Dahlgren 0708-355249
  Seges Akademikerförening: Johan Vilhlborg +46 708 83 56 37

What can AkzoNobel offer you?

If you share our values and ambitions, we can give you a career where your knowledge and ambitions will be recognized and rewarded. You will be working in an international environment with many possibilities to develop, both personally and professionally. You will be offered interesting and challenging projects that open your view and challenges your enterprise. You will be working with likeminded people that share your attitude and enthusiasm. By working for AkzoNobel you will also help us to achieve our ambition – to be the first choice by our customers, shareholders and employees, all over the world.
We are looking forward to your application!

More about the business

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, with leading market positions and brands in countries around the world. We operate in a number of important market segments ranging from buildings and infrastructure to transport, industrial and consumer goods. We’re also the sector leader in sustainability and are number one in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In practical terms, that means our sustainable solutions are in your lives, and those of your friends and family, every day. We’re the people that make it possible for you to do what you need to do.
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