Category Manager F126

Thales is looking for a Category Manager F126.

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As Category Manager F126 you are part of the Thales Netherlands Procurement team as well as the Global Category team. You are responsible for managing a dedicated Work Package consisting of a large subsystem within the segment B ‘System & Equipment’ for the German F126 project.

Pro-actively and in close alignment with the PPM (Procurement Project Manager) organization and GCM (Global Category Manager) organization you are responsible to close the contract for a dedicated Work Package within F126 in line with the business needs and coherent with the strategy defined by the GCM for the world wide Category.

You lead the cross functional team between Procurement, Engineering, Legal and Finance. You closely align with other Category Managers and Buyers within F126 to optimize over the various Work Packages.

Managing internal and external stakeholders is key in building close relations with your suppliers in order to make supplier knowledge and competitiveness available to the benefit of Thales products and services.

The main tasks are:

  • Shape, communicate and steer implementation of the negotiation strategy.
  • Drive negotiation and contracting of suppliers.
  • Build and strengthen relation with suppliers.
  • Lead the team responsible for the Work Package.
  • Inform and report to stakeholders.
  • Create value and reduce risk in cooperation with the suppliers and stakeholders.


  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Able to build good relationships with external and internal stakeholders.
  • Experience with relation contracting is a strong plus.
  • Able to oversee and value interests in a broad perspective.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Creative and solution oriented.
  • A decisive and stress resistant finisher.
  • Fluent in English and German.
  • Relevant strategic Procurement or commercial experience.
  • Completed relevant higher education.
  • Affinity with high tech business.


  • A challenging job in a great team within our high-tech, innovative work environment. Includes the freedom for initiative and good ideas.
  • Room for personal and professional growth within our organisation, for example in regards to technical, commercial or international skills.
  • Valuable international collaboration with coworkers from 68 different countries around the globe.
  • A comfortable work space in a modern environment, with a focus on flexibility and the right work life balance.
  • You can usually work where and when you want to be able to do your work as well and efficiently as possible. Within Thales we implement hybrid working, where you can, for example, work from home two days a week if your role allows it.
  • A good salary, fitting travel allowance, and the ability to personalise your employment conditions: for instance, you can trade days off for internet costs, our bicycle plan, company fitness and relocation costs.
  • 40 days off per year (PTO). Yes, really.

Bedrijfsprofiel Thales Nederland

Our team is responsible for all Procurement within segment B in the Netherlands. The team is consisting of 9 persons of which 1 based in Huizen. Within our team the Categories are allocated to the team members.


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