Regional Category Manager (RCM) – EMEA Energy Purchasing

Job location:
Paris, France
Created moment:
February 9, 2022
Job reference:
REQ - 05403

The Company

The world leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, with over 16,000 employees and over 200 sites worldwide, Imerys delivers high value-added, functional solutions to diversified set of industrial sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its knowledge of applications, technological expertise and its material science know-how to deliver solutions based on beneficiation of its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. These contribute essential properties to customers’ products and performance, including refractoriness, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.

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The Position

Regional Category Manager (RCM) – EMEA Energy Purchasing

Job Summary


IMERYS spends 250 €M on Energy in EMEA, which includes wholesale energy price, transmission, transportation, distribution and taxation; all of which require management through the Purchasing organisation. 

Scope (EMEA)

2 TWh/pa of Energy: Electricity, natural gas, biomass, fuel, coal.  

25 Countries in EMEA & 140 Industrial plants.

The position is within the Purchasing organisation, reporting to the EMEA Energy Purchasing Manager, working closely with Group Energy Category Manager, Operations, and the Plants.

Key tasks & Responsibilities 

  • Energy sourcing with reliable supply, competitive rates and low carbon emissions.

  • Negotiate energy contracts and sourcing with proactivity and knowledge.

  • Manage tax exemptions, subsidies, applications, reporting to authorities and work closely with operational sites to ensure that all submissions are made on time and in full. Track energy legislation by country.

  • Reduce demand: load shifting, peak shaving, investigate demand response opportunities.

  • Implement alternative energies: biomass, power renewables, CHP.

  • Find partnerships for energy asset generation: define and negotiate PPA.

  • Manage and assist plants in procurement of other local energy sources such as, propane, diesel, gasoline, coal and biomass.

  • Implement hedging with adapted market monitoring to ensure price risks are mitigated. 

  • Implement best practices, share knowledge and learning across the Plants and participate in Energy Assessments.

  • Manage associated regional energy contracts, price application/control, and periodic contract review to quantify supplier performance.

  • Responsible for implementation of global and regional category strategy, program and specific policies. 

  • Identify, manage and execute sourcing projects in energy related areas within EMEA to drive down costs, optimize rate structures and ensure uninterrupted service to IMERYS’ plant operations.

  • Assisting plants and businesses in auditing energy invoices for accuracy.

  • Be a leader in HSE (Health Safety & Environment) and ethical-sustainable supply chain as it applies to the respective spend category.

Assessment of Performance

Support IMERYS Group Purchasing collective target for each respective year, by delivering specific savings assigned by Purchasing. 

Contribute to the IMERYS Group carbon reduction footprint roadmap of 36% by 2030. 

Required Experience, Skills & Education

  • Knowledge of European energy markets with a minimum of 3 years experience.

  • Bachelor’s degree required in Engineering or Business - Master’s in Business, Industrial or consulting background is a bonus.

  • Understanding of energy markets in EMEA, global drivers, regional issues.

  • Strategic sourcing experience (including successful experience in a multinational group).

  • Excellent, demonstrated collaboration and relationship-building skills, good in communication, leadership and convincing skills.

  • Ability to collaborate with strong, defined technical resources and leaders.

  • Very strong analytic and negotiation skills, process oriented.

  • Established professional with broad business experience, strategic partnerships with business units, in a global company. 

  • Familiar working within a multinational environment.

  • At ease with contracts establishment and management.

  • Multiple language skills: English (mandatory), French, German, Spanish, Italian are great additions.

Ability to travel to EMEA sites up to 30%.

Reporting Line

IMERYS EMEA Energy Purchasing Category Manager; potential dotted line to Global Category Director

Position Type

Full time



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