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Category Manager, Indirect Spend

Job Category:  Procurement
Work Location:  Corbion Site
Office Location: 

Lenexa, KS, US

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  3407

At Corbion, we exist to champion preservation in all its forms, preserving food and food production, health, and our planet.


The Category Manager is responsible for the indirect sourcing of materials and services within North American operations sites, with a focus on Capital projects.   The ideal candidate is comfortable with the exploration, development, and execution of category strategies, engaging with supplier base and internal cross-functional teams. In this role, you will be accountable for cost savings, process validations and improvements and delivering against individual, department and company annual targets. Proactively updating management on issues and opportunities within their scope of responsibility.



  • Develop, recommend and execute procurement strategies; think and act strategically.
  • Oversee the sourcing for capital projects, indirect materials and services within North American operations sites.   
  • Partner with, and communicate regularly, with engineering and internal stakeholders.
  • Negotiate, maintain and monitor contracts and commitments.
  • Identify and implement cost savings opportunities within the total supply chain; continuous improvement mindset.
  • Make decisions using strong understanding of markets in critical areas of spend management and fundamentals that make up price risk management.
  • Lead and participate in cross-functional teams to champion change throughout the organization.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in business, engineering, food industry, economics, or related disciplines. Master's Degree a plus.
  • 5+ years’ experience in procurement/supply chain function within consumer packaged goods or food industry with specific focus on capital project indirect spend involving multiple sites.
  • Financial understanding of lease structures, time value of money, and TCO.
  • Advanced skillset including time management, prioritization, and delivering on promises while managing multiple projects in a fast and dynamic environment.
  • Strong communication skills with ability to understand/communicate/present and execute complex procurement strategies.
  • Detailed understanding of procure to pay systems (SAP, KYOS).

About Corbion

Corbion is the global market leader in lactic acid and its derivatives, and a leading supplier of emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins, and algae ingredients. We use our unique expertise in fermentation and other processes to deliver sustainable solutions for the preservation of food and food production, health, and our planet. For over 100 years, we have been uncompromising in our commitment to safety, quality, innovation and performance. Drawing on our deep application and product knowledge, we work side-by-side with customers to make our cutting-edge technologies work for them. Our solutions help differentiate products in markets such as food, home & personal care, animal nutrition, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and bioplastics. In 2021, Corbion generated annual sales of   € 1,070.8 million and has a workforce of over 2490 employees. Corbion is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. For more information:


Corbion is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workplace.  All applicants will be considered equally without regard to race, color, ethnicity, veteran status, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, handicapping condition, membership in an organization or any other non-merit factors.


Corbion provides reasonable accommodation to applicants.




Corbion does not accept unsolicited resumes from individual recruiters or third party recruiting agencies in response to job postings. No fee will be paid to third parties who submit unsolicited candidates directly to our hiring managers. All candidates must be submitted by approved Corbion vendors who have been expressly requested to make a submission by our Talent Acquisition team for a specific job opening. No placement fees will be paid to any firm unless such a request has been made by the Corbion Talent Acquisition team and such candidate was submitted to the Corbion Talent Acquisition Team.

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