Global Material Group Manager - Packaging

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Your challenge

The Global Material Group Manager (MGM) has responsibility for all purchasing activities, projects, supplier quality and processes within the material group (MG). This person acts as the manager along with their purchasing team as the global contact for the material group within MANN+HUMMEL as well as for our suppliers. The MGM is responsible for managing the execution of all relevant strategical and tactical purchasing tasks within the material group on global level. As such they will manage the material group specific Lead Buyers directly and functionally across other MANN+HUMMEL locations.

  • Definition and execution of Material Group (MG) and supplier strategies, manages supplier strategy, supplier development and supplier quality in cooperation with various stakeholders.
  • Coordination of global MG-Team and managing respective Lead Buyers for his/her commodity also in other MANN+HUMMEL locations. This includes material group related target setting and monitoring of target achievement as well as co-determination with regards to performance evaluation in agreement with the relevant Hub or Branch Manager.
  • Leads global planning, forecasting & reporting of MG, especially material price and ratio projects development
  • Has responsibility for achievement of material price development within the MG globally and negotiate perspective contracts
  • Assures the necessary cross-functional collaboration with other functions (e.g. R&D) for product innovations, future needs of the relevant material group and advanced sourcing activities
  • Drives key sourcing decisions in close collaboration with Lead Buyers / Commodity Buyers and participation in the Sourcing Board
  • Provides commodity, technology, and supplier market know-how for the organization
  • Identifies and approves new suppliers, manages supplier relations and supplier related initiatives
  • Responsible for supplier risk management and high level supplier escalation issues
  • Cooperates with other purchasing functions and internal stakeholders to ensure delivery of service and alignment with strategy
  • Fosters standardization of materials, material processes and data processes within the MG plus develops / implements new MG processes / documents
  • Negotiates and agrees key supplier objectives, basic terms & conditions / prices and other commercial topics (e.g. payment terms, Incoterms)
  • Will represent M+H at top management level at supplier
  • Initiates and implements ratio projects (in cooperation with Lead Buyer / Commodity Buyers and sites), supports global plus cross-functional savings projects
  • Supports and coordinates RFQ Management, negotiations, and supplier selection process within relevant (global+market) customer projects

Your profile


  • Master’s and/or Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and/or Engineering or other relevant field


  • At least 8 years of relevant work experience in purchasing roles
  • 2+ years of leadership and team development experience, including virtual/remote team environments
  • Purchasing experience in a global enterprise setting
  • Strategic thinking and experience in development and implementation of Material group strategy

Required Skills:

  • Strong negotiation expertise and basic legal, contract management skills
  • Team player with strong drive to succeed
  • Self-Motivated
  • IT and ERP-knowledge (e.g. MS-Office, SAP or similar)
  • Fluent English language


  • Purchasing experience with an automotive supplier
  • Experience in respective materials, components, technologies, production processes and supply chain concepts
  • Fluent in at least 1 secondary language

Are you full of ideas? Are you keen to take on responsibility and really achieve something? Then our doors are open to you. This is a company that lives out its values, gives people the freedom to use their own initiative, offers many development opportunities and many exciting projects – all of which awaits you here.