Category Manager Europe (m/w/d) - Remote in Germany / UK / France

Date: Nov 26, 2023

Location: Oettingen, DE, 86732 FR, 32800 DE Cumbria, GB, CA11 9EH Solihull, GB, B91 2AA GB Hamburg, DE, 22303 Erlangen, DE, 91058 Mittweida, DE, 09648 Sheffield, GB, S13 9WH Emsdetten, DE, 48282 Eauze, FR, 32800 Ussel, FR, 19200 Melton Mowbray, GB, LE13 1PD Brilon, DE, 59929

Company: Jeld-Wen Inc.

JELD-WEN is currently seeking a Category Manager Europe (m/w/d) - Remote in Germany / UK / France to join our growing team.


Join Our Team as a Sourcing Category Manager - Europe and Shape the Future of Procurement! 


Your Role:  

As a Sourcing Category Manager for Europe, you'll be a vital part of our team, directly reporting to the Sourcing Director Europe with a dotted line to the Senior Sourcing Category Manager. Your mission is to assist in establishing a robust sourcing function, ensuring efficient sourcing and control of our current and future supplier base from the allocated categories (Chemicals, Plastic Components). You will be a key player in managing global supplier partners and the Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) process, showcasing a total cost management approach through measurable Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) shared internally and externally. 


What You'll Do:  

You will: 

            Take responsibility for annual budget, ongoing forecast, and reporting processes within specific spend areas. 

            Support the development and implementation of a clear sourcing strategy, focusing on risk mitigation in the supply chain and aligning with departmental and wider business goals. 

            Ensure cost competitiveness, supporting annual budget requirements. 

            Collaborate on the development and ensure timely execution of contract negotiations with targeted suppliers. 

            Lead supplier selection and evaluation following the sourcing strategy, focusing on relationship and performance management and development, including make vs buy decisions and supplier sourcing strategies (VA/VE). 

            Play an active role in the escalation process. 

            Act as a role model for JELD-WEN values. 

            Drive sourcing projects to reduce the total cost of ownership on sourced materials. 

            Demonstrate a strong bias for action and effective escalation, identifying and resolving challenges. 

            Articulate and influence internal and external stakeholders, utilizing structured arguments to gain buy-in. 

            Integrate and align with the wider organization and regional businesses (Purchasing, Supply Chain, Product Management, R&D, etc.), delivering against departmental and business goals. 

            Utilize strong data analysis skills to identify critical information and implement data-driven decisions into the business. 

            Facilitate supplier and/or SKU rationalization to improve consistency and achieve economies of scale. 

            Support the development of an innovation strategy using a range of expertise to stimulate line of business thinking, embedding and deploying these into Category strategy. 

            Assist in implementing and maintaining robust and consistent sourcing processes and requirements. 

            Be ready to adapt to evolving duties and responsibilities based on the changing needs of the company and your personal development. 

            Play an active role in responsible and sustainable procurement, monitoring the supplier base for competitiveness, environmental compliance, regulatory adherence, and normative standards (e.g., ISO 9001,REACH ROHS,ETC.). 

            Enhance the quality of offers by developing the attractiveness of products or services through environmental and social benefits. 



You have: 

            Demonstrable evidence of working effectively and delivering results in a global organization, effectively balancing local and international requirements. 

•            min of 2 years of chemicals sourcing experience

            Strong analytical and numerical skills. 

            Excellent negotiation skills. 

            Commercial acumen and the ability to develop a strategy to deliver strong performance in an inflationary market. 

            Confidence, articulation, and the ability to influence stakeholders at all levels (internal and external). 

            Resilience, with the ability to take the lead on topics through challenging situations, driving improvements and performance to tight deadlines. 

            Proactivity and adaptability to change. 

            Strong organizational skills with a sharp eye for detail. 

            Proficiency with MS Office software, especially Excel. 

            The ability to champion JELD-WEN Values. 

            Proficiency in German is a must, as well as speaking Fluent English


Ready to lead our sourcing strategy in Europe? Apply now and be a part of our transformational journey! 



About JELD-WEN Holding, Inc. 

JELD-WEN is a leading global designer, manufacturer and distributor of high-performance interior and exterior doors, windows, and related building products serving the new construction and repair and remodeling sectors. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., the company operates facilities in 16 countries in North America and Europe and employs approximately 18,000 people. Since 1960, the JELD-WEN team has been committed to making quality products that create safe and sustainable environments for customers, associates and local communities. The JELD-WEN family of brands includes JELD-WEN® worldwide; LaCantina™ and VPI™ in North America; and Swedoor® and DANA® in Europe. For more information, visit

What We Offer

Investing in People is one of our Core Values, we strive to attract & retain great people! As such, JELD-WEN offers competitive compensation & benefits packages. 

JELD-WEN is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not tolerate discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation based on individuals’ physical traits, beliefs, and/or other characteristics that are protected under applicable laws.

JELD-WEN does not accept unsolicited resumes from headhunters, recruitment agencies, or fee-based recruitment services.