Director Category Management (m/w/d)


Wildpoldsried, BY, DE DE

Stellen-ID:  3153

At the earliest date possible we are looking for support for our #teamsonnen

Clean and affordable energy for all is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Sonnen has been committed to this mission since 2010 and is now represented in Europe, the USA and Australia with over 1,000 team members globally. In Germany, our offices are located in the beautiful Wildpoldsried (Allgäu) and the vibrating heart of Berlin Kreuzberg.

At sonnen, we are building the energy system of the future. To this end, we are developing new technologies and business models that have not existed before. Whether intelligent power storage, virtual power plants or digital services - we set the trends of a new energy world. That means, among other things, the inexpensive production and storage of renewable energy and the intelligent networking of producers and consumers. sonnen thereby gives people around the world the opportunity to become independent of fossil fuels and conventional energy supplier.

We are growing steadily and are looking for people who want to join us in our vision of clean and affordable energy for all while making a positive impact on climate change.

Your Responsibilities: 


  • Responsible for the development and execution of sonnen Group - Global Category Procurement strategy for products, transportation and services.
  • The successful candidate will lead a team of 7 Category Managers and 1 Should Cost / Value Engineer and EMS category.
  • Set strategic goals for operational efficiency and increased productivity.
  • Analyze current operational processes and performance and drive continuous improvement.
  • Responsible to deliver on the business Operating Plan for safety, quality, productivity, cash, on-time delivery, as well as single and sole source elimination across the supply base
  • Build global comprehensive strategic supplier relationships while also developing negotiation strategies to achieve stated goals and objectives including deflation & capacity
  • Drive supplier selection, development, and monitoring and overall supplier management in accordance with the broad sourcing strategy
  • Work closely with operations, technology and commercial leadership teams to ensure early supplier engagement, reduce enterprise risk as well as improve inventory turns, fulfillment and cost performance of the supply chain
  • Maximize efficiency, productivity and continuous improvement through extensive process analysis and interdepartmental and global collaboration
  • Drive 100% compliance to sourcing policy and procedures, supplier approval, competitive bidding, contract management and delegation of authority approval 
  • Build a smart supply base to include local to local country focus, geo political risks, sufficient capacities optimize total landed cost-out across all commodities and services
  • Integrate and develop continuous improvement processes in the sourcing organization.
  • Strong participation in Growth Budget planning, and Operating business plans
  • Drive sustainability and maximize the opportunities within categories.



What you will need on that journey:


  • Masters degree in Engineering, Business Administration or comparable
  • Demonstrated technical aptitude and business acumen
  • 3-5+ years of experience in Program Management, Supply Chain Management experience with emphasis on sourcing and manufacturing
  • Proven leadership skills preferably leading & managing cross-functional teams. Strong team builder & humility empathy
  • Demonstrated experience leading in a matrix global environment
  • Ability and desire to contribute to business direction, strategy & execution
  • Demonstrated negotiation skills, contract development & business law knowledge
  • Highly motivated/results/metrics driven with demonstrated influencing skills
  • Must be a proactive self-starter & change agent
  • Very good written and verbal communication skills in English and German

What you can expect at sonnen:

  • An atmosphere of openness, tolerance and mutual respect, where innovation is expected and encouraged
  • The option of working full- or part-time for every position
  • 30-32 days annual vacation with increasing team membership
  • Leasing of company (e-)bikes with up to 40% discount
  • Flexible working hours and option working mobile
  • Mental health and wellbeing offering for you and your family members
  • Free German, English as well as online yoga and body art courses
  • Soft drinks, fruits and cereals in our offices
  • Use of sports memberships (EGYM Wellpass, only €29.75/month) and discounts for other services and products 
  • Employee discount on our electricity tariff
  • Regular team and company events
  • We love dogs! You too? Feel free to bring your fellow friend to our offices


You feel we are a match? Apply now and help us to shape the energy transition together. We look forward to welcoming you to #teamsonnen!

sonnen - energy is yours!

Stellensegment: Compliance, Contract Manager, Program Manager, Manager, Legal, Management