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The story of our legendary beers is still being told. And we believe you have what it takes to let it live on for generations more…


Join Asahi Europe & International and become our new Group Category manager (Direct materials)

Long story short, as a part of Karel Voborský team your main mission will be to develop and execute the category strategies with the objective to drive a sustainable procurement value, achieve budget objectives and actively manage suppliers, stakeholders and risks. Act as expert for the own category demonstrating an in-depth understanding of the relevant markets.


More specifically, you will be trusted with:

  • Defining, implementing and keeping category strategy up-to-date aligned to business needs / priorities while striving for operational and transactional excellence and driving Procurement`s CSR and sustainability agenda. 
  • Creating insights using internal as well as external data to understand impact of market trends, competitors and suppliers on internal business requirements.
  • Delivering against targets/KPI, monitoring & track results, initiate actions in case of any deviations.
  • Managing category related risks such as price volatility, supplier stability and volume assurance.
  • Driving collaboration with country teams to ensure strategic direction for relevant categories. Supporting development of category specialists (in and above market).
  • Building strong relationship with key suppliers, managing them actively and executing performance / quality controls.
  • Driving and participating in initiatives/projects relevant for category aiming at value creation/continuous improvement.
  • Acting as a change agent, driving discussions with business and leading continuous improvement projects aiming to deliver further Total Cost of Ownership and Integrated Spend Management opportunities.
  • Ensuring in cooperation with relevant functions (e.g. Legal, Tax) that contracts with suppliers are in place.
  • Promoting one-team spirit between countries and categories to enable best practices, synergies and leverage.



Do you have what it takes?

  • University degree, preferably in Business related field (Master degree preferred) 
  • Proficiency in  English
  • 7+ years of professional experience, whereof 4+ years in Procurement
  • International experience (accountability for delivering outcomes to/in different countries)
  • MS office advanced / Procurement platform/-s  experience
  • International experience (accountability for delivering outcomes to/in different countries)
  • MS office advanced / Procurement platform/-s  experience


What you can expect from us in exchange?

  • We will acknowledge your passionate and dedicated work by annual bonus and regular salary review.
  • You can look forward to 28 days off every year to recharge your batteries.
  • As we are firm believers in a flexible way of working, don‘t expect a time clock in our office. You can even work up to 50 % of time from your own home, otherwise, you can enjoy a unique working space in the inner centre of Prague.
  • Every year you will get a flexible benefits budget to spend based on your preferences.
  • We‘d support you in planning your future so we will contribute to your pension plan, too.
  • Beside the opportunity to work for some of the TOP brands within FMCG, you will also receive an annual budget to savour the delicious taste of our company products.
  • Growth is our magic ingredient and key to your success so we will carefully see to your further career development. You can also benefit from working in a highly skilled team and exposure to senior leadership from all over the globe.


Do you want to know a bit more about our story?

Asahi Europe & International is part of Asahi Group Holdings, a global beer, spirits, soft drinks and food group with leading positions in European and Asia-Pacific markets, listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Japan. As of November 2020, Asahi Europe & International Group runs 19 production facilities in 8 countries across Europe, and is the custodian of some of the best beer brands in the world, including Asahi Super Dry, Pilsner Urquell, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Grolsch and Kozel. Within the Asahi Group, the remit of Asahi Europe and International is also to develop and manage all export markets globally, outside of Japan and Oceania. Covering 90 markets and with over 10,000 passionate colleagues on board, the business is well positioned to inspire people around the world to drink better.


So, are you our future legacy? Send us your CV in English and let’s find out!

Is this role not the quite one you are looking for? Check our other openings at asahiinternational.com/careers and don´t forget to follow us on LinkedIn

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