Kongsberg Automotive provides cutting-edge technology to the global vehicle industry. We drive the global transition to sustainable mobility by putting engineering, sustainability, and innovation into practice. Headquartered in Kongsberg, with revenues of over EUR 885 million, the company’s 5,300 employees are spread over 17 countries worldwide. Our product portfolio includes driver and motion control systems, fluid assemblies, and industrial driver interface products. Find more information at: kongsbergautomotive.com

Category Manager


WUXI Jiangsu, CN, 214028

Country/Region:  CN


Area of responsibility:         (Global) Category Buyer / Regional Category Manager

Reports to:                            Regional Category Manager / Global Category Director

Location:                                Various

Main objectives
Main objective is to achieve significant cost reductions in line with budget targets, while maintaining/ improving product quality and supplier service levels.

Main duties and responsibilities are (but not limited to):

Category Buyer:

  • Map future needs and leverage KA spend to maximize benefit for KA
  • Develop and propose Category Strategy for assigned (sub-)category and region
  • Establish a base of preferred suppliers, and secure that suppliers from low cost regions are identified where possible.
  • Supplier relationship management
  • Capture savings
  • Implement sourcing strategies for the categories
  • Establish good contracting and acceptance practices
  • Prepare and submit RFQs (based on input from Project Buyers related to NPI projects)
  • Lead supplier negotiations and select suppliers in accordance with defined process and strategy
  • Monitor adherence to commercial agreements, performance and capacity of suppliers
  • Manage tooling cost improvements, orders and registration processes
  • Perform PPV-/ Non PPV reporting for area of responsibility
  • Updating ERP system with monthly / quarterly price changes
  • Manage Supplier Feasibility Evaluation
  • Ensure Supplier data is maintained in ERP system and Vendor Portal

Global Category Buyer

Same as for Category Buyer, but with a global scope for one or several (sub-)categories.

Regional Category Manager

Same as for Category Buyer with the additional tasks:

  • Lead the team of category buyers in the region
  • Ensure personal objectives for the team that are in line with the overall targets defined for the Purchasing function and KA
  • Develop the right competencies within the team to deliver overall objectives

Main contacts

  • Internal
    • Project Buyers
    • Category Buyers
    • Category SQDs
    • Engineering
    • Operations
    • Quality
  • External
    • Suppliers


  • Bachelor’s Degree or master’s degree in Engineering and/or Business Management
  • Successful, multi-year track record in Purchasing
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Good problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Production technology understanding, specifically in automotive 
  • Strong communication skills
  • Passion for reducing cost
  • Excellent in technical English language, written and spoken.


Act independently and according to KAs Delegation of Authority (DoA) and within other company procedures, policies, instructions and targets.

We want your integrity, accountability, creativity and teamwork mindset and skills

In Kongsberg Automotive we embrace diversity within our workforce. We make recruiting decisions based on experience and skills and pride ourselves on having a strong culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness.

We aim to employ the world’s brightest minds, providing a limitless pool of ideas and opportunities, who will incorporate our core values within their work. We believe in hiring talented people of varied backgrounds, experiences and styles and offer an unlimited contract within a dynamic and international environment with prospects for personal growth.

Welcome to an outstanding career in Kongsberg Automotive!

Keywords:  Category Manager
Application Id:  3686
Posting date::  Jun 24, 2024