Category Buyer GER/CH (all genders)

Date: Jun 12, 2024

Location: Hamburg, DE

Company: Beiersdorf

Welcome to the Beiersdorf Management Unit Germany/Switzerland! Dive into the heart of strategic Procurement as a Category Buyer, where you’ll be a vital part of our diverse Procurement team within the Supply Chain division.

This role is central to managing categories crucial to our German and Swiss Value Added Services (VAS) business operations. As a Category Buyer, you’ll not only oversee the strategy for Co-Packing & Components but also be in the lead to execute the tender for embedded operations at our new Distribution Center in Leipzig – a project of great significance for Beiersdorf’s Supply Chain.

At Beiersdorf, we believe in continual growth and development. Your journey here isn’t limited to Procurement processes alone; there are endless opportunities to expand your horizons and knowledge across various business sectors, sourcing not just services but invaluable experiences.

Fluency in German is a must, ensuring seamless collaboration with top-tier business stakeholders and suppliers. Crafting and executing mid- and long-term sourcing strategies for Co-Packing/VAS Operations while adhering to Procurement compliance standards and methodologies will also be central to your responsibilities.

Join us in shaping the future of Procurement at Beiersdorf, where every day brings new challenges and opportunities for personal and professional development. Procurement at Beiersdorf – Forward together for growth.

Your Tasks

  • Develop and implement local category and sourcing strategies, integrating market insights and legal updates.
  • Manage end-to-end Procurement processes including supplier selection, negotiations, contracts, and performance monitoring, aligning with agreed-upon objectives.
  • Cultivate strong supplier relationships to build a resilient supply network meeting Beiersdorf standards and mitigating risks.
  • Collaborate with suppliers and internal teams to drive innovation and implement creative solutions.
  • Ensure compliance with legal and procurement procedures, including Purchase Order approval.
  • Maintain and assure quality of master data for negotiation and contracting processes, enhancing efficiency.
  • Lead process development initiatives for standardization, efficiency, and automation, leveraging new technologies and systems while monitoring adherence.

Your Profile

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, supply chain, or related field
  • Minimum 4 years of procurement experience; FMCG, VAS, or logistics experience is a plus
  • Strong digital drive, with a focus on project management and proactive planning
  • Exceptional stakeholder management and communication skills in English and of course, German
  • Proven ability to meet strategic and tactical priorities within specified timelines
  • Innovative and forward-thinking mindset
  • Proficient in analytical skills for data-driven decision-making
  • Financial expertiese, negotiation skills, and results-driven orientation
  • Kowledge of SAP/SRM/CLM, e-sourcing, P2P processes, MS Office proficiency, and BI tools

At Beiersdorf, we embrace Diversity and aim to provide equal opportunities to all of our applicants – regardless of e.g. gender, sexual identity, nationality, ethnicity, religion or ideology, disability or age. We would therefore kindly ask you to include only information and data in your documents which are relevant for the assessment of your application (e.g. curriculum vitae with relevant references and certificates). For instance, please feel free to upload your CV without a picture.


Have a look on our benefits! What we offer – Our Benefits | Beiersdorf


Hamburg/Germany is the primary location for this position. Therefore, we recommend residence in Hamburg.


Our company agreement allows basically up to 40% of the working time in a flexible work location in Germany. The exact arrangement of this agreement in the relevant team will be explained in a personal conversation.


Your responsible recruiter is Theresa Leinberger.


To learn more about Beiersdorf Procurement and our important business impact, please see a recent article with our CPO, Christine Berg