Global category manager IT/Telecom

Job location:
Paris, France
Created moment:
March 23, 2023
Job reference:
REQ - 06894

The Company

The world’s leading supplier of mineral-based specialty solutions for industry with 14,000 employees, operations in more than 40 countries, and €4.3 billion in revenue in 2022.
Imerys delivers high-value-added, functional solutions to a great number of sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its understanding of applications, technological knowledge and expertise in material science to deliver solutions by beneficiating its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. Imerys’ solutions contribute essential properties to customers’ products and their performance, including heat resistance, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and water 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

Global category manager IT/Telecom

Job Summary


Managing more than 400M€ spend, the Indirect Purchasing Direction is composed of 8 people:

  • Indirect Purchasing Director in France

  • 3 global Category Managers in France

  • 1 European travel manager in Greece

  • 1 regional Category Manager in the US

  • 2 buyers in India

 The Indirect Purchasing Direction aims at:

  • Supporting its internal stakeholders

  • Conducting strategic sourcing activities (RFI, RFP,...)

  • Implementing Master Agreements with key suppliers

  • Conducting Category Management activities (suppliers monitoring, …)

  • Demonstrating its expertise in tackling greenfields



The IT/Telecom global category manager  is the main point of contact for Imerys IT function.

As Imerys IT function is centralised, all internal stakeholders' needs  are submitted to IT directors approval.  IT/Telecom global category manager is managing the end to end purchasing process for all the projects.

Commodities managed are :software;hardware;IT services;I.O.T;telecom (services and devices).


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:


  • Manage RFX corresponding to IT roadmap/business needs (+30 RFP's/year)

  • Manage contracts renewals; renegotiation

  • Identify,propose, implement TCO actions

  • Work close to the regions (EMEA/NORAM/LATAM/APAC) to define and implement regional strategies with the support of regional purchasing managers.

  • Ensure suppliers follow-up through business reviews

  • Contribute to Imerys sustainability targets ; generate ideas around sustainability

  • Functional management of IT buyer located in India




●      Work in close collaboration with IT function as primary internal stakeholder

●      End to end purchasing process management and optimization

●      Report purchasing performance (savings)

  • Effectively influences, collaborates, and partners with business leaders regions to drive results

  • Animation of the Purchasing community at regional  level on the IT/telecom  initiatives, with ongoing project reviews and communication on latest releases (Tools, contracts, etc…)

  • Develop and animate  internal training sessions to get local purchasers autonomous on IT/Telecom subjects

●      Supportive of purchasing digitalization (E-procurement)

  •  Support current carve-out activities (contracts transfer)


  • Minimum 4 to 6  years’ experience in purchasing

  • IT/telecom purchasing background mandatory

  • French/English : Fluent

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Strategic vision

  • Good communication; diplomat

Position Type

Full time



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IMERYS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and it is our policy to not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws.