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At Aqua Lung, we expect our employees to lead others with respect, be courageous to embrace and drive change, be mindful of our environmental impact, be efficient while while being responsible to our customers, and above all else to be honest and do the right thing as we work together as a team to achieve company goals.
At Aqua Lung, we expect our employees to lead others with respect, be courageous to embrace and drive change, be mindful of our environmental impact, be efficient while while being responsible to our customers, and above all else to be honest and do the right thing as we work together as a team to achieve company goals.
At Aqua Lung, we expect our employees to lead others with respect, be courageous to embrace and drive change, be mindful of our environmental impact, be efficient while while being responsible to our customers, and above all else to be honest and do the right thing as we work together as a team to achieve company goals.
Aqua Lung America, Inc. (AQA) is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage diversity in our workforce. AQA participates in the United States Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify program. AQA promotes a drug and alcohol free work environment.

Global Category Manager - Logistics & In-Directs

Location: South of France
Classification: Full-Time/Exempt
Education: Masters preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience in chemical or industrial engineering OR Bachelors in Business Administration, Supply Chain, Finance, or Engineering.  7+ years of relevant strategic sourcing experience
Experience: Minimum 3 years procurement of Logistics and other indirect categories  in a multinational corporation with global contracts.

Summary

Aqua Lung America, Inc. is a manufacturer and distributor of personal aquatic equipment for recreational and professional use. Our brands include Aqua Lung, Aqua Sphere, MP Michael Phelps, OMER, Stohlquist and U.S. Divers.

 At Aqua Lung we expect our employees to lead others with respect, be courageous to embrace and drive change, be mindful of our environmental impact, be efficient while being responsible to our customers, and above all else to be honest and do the right thing as we work to together to succeed as a team and achieve company goals.

Aqua Lung (AQ) is a leader in the diving market with approximately $220M revenues in 2016, approximately $26M EBITDA.  The company employs approximately 1000 people across 16 legal entities and 7 production sites (US, CA, MX, FR, IT and UK).  AQ products are distributed worldwide through 10 affiliates (owned distribution platforms) and +90 distribution partnerships.

 The successful candidate will have recent relevant experience in outdoor sports and/or the sporting goods industry on a global scale with large multi-door retailers.

**  Assurez-vous de soumettre votre CV en anglais ** / ** Please be sure to submit your resume in English **

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The role will differ on the short term and on the long term given the high focus on the strategic sourcing project launched in June 2017.  In the short term (until about June 2018), the Category Manager will work alongside the Efficio consultants to support the delivery of the savings targets set for the Plastic Sporting Goods category, whilst engaging relations with stakeholders and suppliers, getting familiar with the organization, and participating in building up the future procurement organization for Aqua Lung.

Aqua Lung launched in 2016 a vast program of procurement optimization split in two parts:
  1. Strategic Sourcing: A target of $9 to 12M across all categories of spent has been set to be delivered with the help of a team of consultants from Efficio Consulting, across two ‘waves’. Wave 1 is set to start in June 2017 for a completion at the end of the year. Plastic Sporting Goods has an annual spend of $28M and is the top ‘Goods for Resale’ category in terms of savings target for this first wave so it represents a very strategic element of the initiative. 
  2. Procurement Organization: To ensure a performing execution of procurement on the short and the long term, Efficio Consulting will also help designing the procurement department for Aqua Lung. This entails appointing a Global Procurement Manager, as well as Global Category Managers, together with the planning and running of a training program and providing a set of tools for Aqua Lung. For this reason, we are today looking for new colleagues to accompany us in the building of this new procurement function.
Aqua Lung operates in three main markets:
  • Recreational diving (regulators, BCDs, wetsuits/ drysuits, masks/ fins/ snorkels, instruments, spearfishing/ spear guns)
  • Military & Professional (military & professional)
  • Sporting goods (swimwear, swimwear competition, goggles, snorkeling, paddling) 
On the long term, the main activities will be:
  • Manage a total annual spend of about $36M (including Plastic Sporting Goods)
  • Using the Group Procurement methodology to define business needs, assess supply markets, define strategy, conduct tendering and negotiation
  • Use the tools, templates, and techniques as part of the methodology to run highly effective sourcing projects and give confidence to business stakeholders
  • Work closely with all interested internal and external stakeholders to ensure all sourcing strategies are fit for purpose and meet the business-wide requirements
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with strategic suppliers
  • Follow internal governance process to ensure all ‘stage gates’ are approved before proceeding
  • Create robust legal contracts, in line with all Aqua Lung legal standards 
  • Implement contracts to ensure operational satisfaction
  • Work flexibly across a broader range of categories to meet changing business requirements
  • Other duties as may be assigned
QUALIFICATIONS
Essential
  • Fluency in English
  • Computer literate with good MS Office applications skills
  • Experience of similar sourcing roles
  • Business or engineering degree or equivalent higher qualification
  • Willingness to travel in Europe, US and Asia a minimum of 25%
Desired
  • Fluency in one or more languages other than English, in particular French and /or Italian
  • Experience with Far East sourcing
  • Problem solving skill-sets – e.g. Lean ; six-sigma, TQM tools
  • Advanced analytical skills (e.g. Microsoft Excel) and experience of using technology as part of procurement
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE
  • Strategic sourcing experience – Logistics and other indirect categories, Plastic Sporting Goods (masks, snorkels, fins) or similar 
  • Strong analytical skills – able to use MS Excel to analyse reports, supplier quotations, and create spend profiles
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – confident and decisive, without being aggressive.  Able to be assertive and influence effectively across a wide stakeholder base both internally within Aqua Lung and across the supply market
  • Cultural awareness – most of the suppliers of Goods for Resale are located in the Far East
  • Project management skills – disciplined at defining actions and following through
  • Stakeholder management skills – the stakeholder base is diverse and the role needs the ability to operate effectively at Executive level (influencing and articulating issues & opportunities); and at a more day-to-day operational level. The incumbent must be able to flex style to have credibility at all levels
  • Go-to attitude and driven personality
Additional Company Information
  • Aqua Lung America, Inc. (AQA) is an equal opportunity employer
  • We welcome and encourage diversity in our workforce
  • AQA participates in the United States Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify program
  • AQA promotes a drug and alcohol free work environment
**  Assurez-vous de soumettre votre CV en anglais ** / ** Please be sure to submit your resume in English **
Submit Your Interest

Send cover letter and résumé/cv to careers@aqualung.com.