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Global Category Manager - IT

Requisition ID:  9301
Category:  Purchasing
Career level:  Professional
Contract type:  Permanent

Are you skilled in driving change? Are you a person with high business focus and IT knowledge? Would you like to work in one of the most global Swedish companies that invests heavily in digitalization? 


Then you could be our next 


Global Category Manager - IT


We are now looking for 4 Global Category Managers with competencies and experience either from strategic sourcing, strategic sales- and business development within one or several of the below categories or having worked as a management consultant in driving IT transformations for clients

•    IT consultancy services sourced and bought as variable Time- and Materials rated services as well as IT Development projects sourced and bought as output-based services from IT Consultancy services companies

•    Application Management Services These services are sourced and bought as application maintenance & support with both recurring payments based on SLA as described in the contract or as variable Time & Material (T&M) rated services, either as an add-on in relation to contracted recurring fees or purely on T&M basis, e.g. minor enhancements.

•    Innovation, product- and business development IT
Sourcing IT solutions and strategic partnerships supporting innovation, product development- and business development functions with efficient innovative IT solutions and tools. Digitalization within this area also enables new customer offers and business models such as fee/subscription based customer services delivering a function(reliable rotation) rather than only a hard product with traditional aftermarket service- and support.

•    Manufacturing IT
Sourcing IT solutions and strategic partnerships supporting the central function Manufacturing- and Process Development (MPD) and also individual factories achieving efficient- and reliable manufacturing operations. This includes both factory adopted IT hardware, IT software- and IT services sourcing. Through digitalization and automation, we are improving the reliability and efficiency of the SKF manufacturing processes end to end in what we call future factory digitalization. IT sourcing- and purchasing plays an important role in this transformation


Your day-to-day work

•    You will develop, communicate- and implement category strategies within your area of responsibility with the aim to optimize IT solutions and total cost of ownership for SKF
•    You will lead teams in sourcing projects, capture requirements, evaluate suppliers and supplier markets, negotiate agreements and implement new vendors & solutions.
•    You will handle the supplier relations globally with your suppliers and follow up the supplier’s performance.
•    You will meet internal stakeholders from IT, manufacturing, product development, sales & finance and many other business functions to understand their requirements and help them document them as input for sourcing and managing the supplier relations.
•    You will meet your colleagues from IT purchasing every day and exchange ideas & issues.
•    Every day you will be part of developing- and supporting the SKF digitalization journey.

We expect you to 
Have a University degree in Business or related field or equivalent working experience. Have experience in IT service integration and management in a multi-vendor environment, IT strategic sourcing experience in a multi-national corporate environment or have experience in selling, developing and delivering the IT categories in scope below in such environment. You would also need to have experience in developing and negotiating complex IT contracts and have excellent financial and analytical skills.


We also like for this applicant to have great experience and skills in project management, high communication skills in English and the ability to interact with stakeholders on different levels of an organization. 

Skills in SAP and Ariba are meritorious.

You will enjoy working here if you 
• Are business focused and are driven by value and efficiency
• Can create sound relations with suppliers based on mutual respect
• Are a self-driven person who likes speed and likes to drive change
• Like to work with people from different cultures and different working roles


We offer
• A job in an international environment
• A job that is important for SKF and recognized by management
• Supportive colleagues and global teamwork together with purchasing professionals
•You to be part of a diverse workforce where you get to face exciting challenges and varied tasks

Some additional information for you
Location: Preferably at SKF’s headquarter in Gothenburg but if you have special skills you could be located in Schweinfurt (Germany), Airasca (Italy), St Cyr (France), Lansdale (US) or Pune/Bangalore (India). Local contract. 

These positions will report to the Global Strategic Sourcing Manager IT.


For questions regarding the recruitment process please contact Patrik Schultzén at GRC, Group Recruitment Center, SKF on phone number +46 31 3371270 or e-mail


SKF was created 1907 when Sven Wingqvist invented the self-aligning ball bearing. SKF has grown since then by innovations and we are today over 48 000 employees with 140 factories in 32 countries. The growth has been driven by innovations giving our customers added value. Today SKF focuses on digitalization towards our customers but also internally and within our own factories.

Purchasing within SKF was centralized during 2013/14. We created one team of 450 buyers, serving all factories and units globally. We have created good relations with our internal stakeholders, rolled out standardized purchasing processes, performed global and regional sourcing projects and delivered value to SKF. IT purchasing was not included at that time but has during 2017 and 2018 been moved in to the central purchasing organization. 


Union contacts
Unionen – Jonny Hilbert +46 31 3372155
Akademikerföreningen - Anders Kempe +46 31 3373395
Ledarna – Angelica Lindström +46 31 3371842

Are you interested?
…and meet the above requirements, please submit your application with CV in English no later than the 1st of March 2020. If you are interested in a specific category, please confirm this in your application! 

About SKF

SKF’s mission is to be the undisputed leader in the bearing business. SKF offers solutions around the rotating shaft, including bearings, seals, lubrication management, condition monitoring and maintenance services. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in SEK is around 85 billion and the number of employees ca 45,000.