Category Manager

Oxygen equipment.

Introduction:

We dream of a world where no medical need goes unmet. Suffering or dying because of a lack of medicines is inhumane. That’s why we do whatever it takes to create better access to medicine for people around the globe. Our job is done when every person on this planet has access to the right medication & medical supplies at the right place and time. And we know how.

Since 2005, i+solutions has set the industry standard for health procurement. We drive an innovative agenda to improve global health supply chains. We combine procurement, training, project management, quality assurance and technical expertise to make a difference from the first to the last mile, closing the gap between patients and medicine.

Big dreams ask for big solutions. That’s why we work with global donors, countries and partners to make a difference daily. These partnerships enable us to scale our solutions, drive industry innovation, and conquer new challenges. Together, we combine big hearts with big data to improve supply chains that secure accessibility and care.

Role description:

The Category Manager, Oxygen equipment is responsible for implementing i+solutions’ strategy for the procurement and supply of oxygen equipment, Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA)plants, Oxygen consumables etc. The candidate is responsible for leading sourcing initiatives with business partners across the world. As a link between clients, suppliers and internal stakeholders, the Category Manager is accountable for understanding key business drivers and ensuring that operational requirements are fulfilled. The candidate should experience in cross-functional collaboration and use of strategic sourcing best practices to maximize value in terms total cost of ownership, cost savings/avoidance, demand management, risk reduction, supplier performance, and contract management.

The Category Manager conducts internal and external spend and market analyses, identifies opportunities, leads sourcing activities, participates in supplier audits, negotiates and manages contracts and key supplier relationships. The candidate is an energetic, flexible team player capable of forming strong relationships throughout the entire organization, in addition to successfully leveraging resources, processes and tools to achieve desired outcomes.

Responsibilities:

  • Researching and analysing data and market intelligence
  • Analysing and understanding demand
  • Planning and implementing long-term development strategies for oxygen equipment, PSA plants, consumables etc.
  • Strategic sourcing of oxygen equipment, PSA plants, consumables and other health commodities
  • Aligning the product category strategy with other strategies notably client strategies
  • Building and maintaining long-term relationships with suppliers
  • Establishing and managing Long Term Agreements (LTAs) with suppliers
  • Negotiating pricing and other terms
  • Monitoring and improving supply performance
  • Developing appropriate pricing strategies
  • Managing internal and external stakeholder communication
  • Evaluating client requirements and eligible sources
  • Evaluating bids and managing awards

Competencies

  • Strong sourcing and negotiation skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication with a strong sense of customer service
  • Client-oriented with strong presentation skills
  • Strong internal and external stakeholder management skills
  • Solution-oriented with a high sense of quality, attention to detail, accuracy and efficiency

Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 years of work experience as category manager or procurement specialist in medical equipment, diagnostics etc.
  • Educational level at least HBO (3rd level education), or a dedicated procurement education (i.e. NEVI 1). Background in biomedical sciences is an asset
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities and work in a team with diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Self-driven with a high sense of quality, accuracy, efficiency and meeting tight deadlines
  • Fluency in oral and written English is a must.
  • Excellent communication and social skills
  • Experience with ERP or procurement/supply chain management software
  • Strong computer skills, including sound knowledge of Windows and Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Word, Excel and Power point
  • Experience with donor funded projects is considered an advantage
  • Analytical capacity and insight into business processes, both in the industry and in the business policy arena

Behavioural component

  • Open minded, solution orientated and positive mindset
  • Ability to enjoy working and managing a multicultural team
  • Flexible
  • Resilient

What we offer:

  • Working in a great team and in a pleasant atmosphere
  • A drive for purpose and a multicultural environment
  • Teaming with professionals that put passion into our mission
  • Good compensation package and opportunities for personal development
  • 30 vacation days (on full time basis)

Values and background check

i+solutions has a zero-tolerance policy against sexual exploitation and abuse. i+solutions may conduct background and reference checks on applicants who accept job employment offers.

Please apply with your CV and cover letter telling us why you think you would be a great fit for this position careers@iplussolutions.org.

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