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Category Lead

Category Lead

  • Sales
  • Industrial
  • Rotterdam
  • Vanaf 10 jaar werkervaring
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  • HBO diploma in business or technical, complemented by NEVI 1/2 or equivalent
  • 10+ years’ experience in an international environment
  • Experience in maritime and/or logistics industry, and in category management
  • Excellent contracting- and negotiation skills
  • Strong communication skills; English oral, written and presentation skills

* Research shows that while male candidates feel confident enough to apply when they meet about 60% of the requirements, female candidates only apply when they tick every box. So if this role has your name on it, but you’re not sure about the criteria, we still want to hear from you.

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Stolt-Nielsen is a leading group of businesses that offer worldwide bulk-liquid and chemical logistics as well as innovative land-based aquaculture. The Category Lead is responsible for Stolt Tankers’ category management strategy, performance, team, and supply chain sustainability. It’s an excellent opportunity for a senior category manager with maritime experience to make an impact on the company’s success.  

About Stolt Tankers

With its combined tankers (deep-sea, coastal and barge ships), terminals (in ports) and containers (depots and trucks), Stolt-Nielsen provides door-to-door logistics solutions for bulk liquid chemicals and food-grade products. They have the largest fleet in the world, with 165 ships across Europe, Asia, and Americas. Its seventy deep-sea ships operate gobally on an integrated network with various coastal, regional, and inland barging ships. And their deep commitment to sustainability means Stolt Tankers plans to be one hundred percent carbon neutral by 2050.

Every Stolt-Nielsen employee – in every position, across every business – plays an important role in helping us achieve our purpose. To lead in our markets, seek new opportunities and perform at our best, every day.” –  Lynnda Pekel, Global Head of Procurement and Logistics

Vacancy: Category Lead

The Category Lead is part of the Stolt Tankers business and manages and supports four Category Managers who are each responsible for a set of contracts. On average, the contracts have a value of more than €500,000 and some are much larger.

The Category Lead leverages their contracting and negotiation expertise and management skills to support the team throughout these processes. The role also identifies new contract opportunities from trends analysis provided by market analysts, to the planning and roll-out of vendor management (performance, auditing). The Category Lead will report to the Head of Global Procurement and Logistics.

In addition, the Category Lead will quickly develop a clear vision for what Stolt-Nielsen’s category management processes and, working with the Global Head of Procurement and Logistics – develop its ongoing strategy. That’s why a solid understanding of the shipping industry is essential. Another element is the structure of categories, for example splitting navigation from software, engine parts from spare parts, and consumables. This would allow team members to better focus or move between categories, as well as have clearer procurement lines between adjacent categories.

“Sustainability is truly a priority for Stolt-Nielsen, and will also be a focus point in the work of the Category Lead.” – Lynnda Pekel, Global Head of Procurement and Logistics

Sustainability is a main priority for Stolt-Nielsen. For the Category Lead, this is directly reflected in all supply chain-related questions and means creating supply chain transparency and insights. Who are the Stolt-Nielsen suppliers and their suppliers? How do they operate? Where can Stolt-Nielsen impact their operations? And what is the company’s overall supply chain carbon footprint?

This is an excellent opportunity for a senior category manager with maritime expertise to join a global leader in chemical logistics and make a lasting impact on the company’s category management processes and successes. The role is based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and involves some travel.



Stolt-Nielsen works with Top of Minds to fill this vacancy.
To express your interest, contact Charlotte Braat at .


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