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Category Manager - MRO and Consumables

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Västerås
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Västerås

Northvolt has an exciting job offer in the Indirect Materials and Services Purchasing Team to join our passionate team in Västerås. Northvolt Purchasing is a central procurement function serving all entities of Northvolt with strategic and operational aspects of the supply chain. Indirect Materials and Services Purchasing team are responsible for all strategic choices across Technology and Indirect spend for Northvolt. We are a diverse multinational team with a strong focus on strategic sourcing and digital transformation of operational purchases. In joining us you will play an important part in building our plant in Västerås to the next level.

As the Category Manager for MRO and Consumables, you will develop and maintain strategies and spend across the categories while working closely with the site purchasing specialists. You will get the chance to have a real impact on our success story in Sweden and see the immediate results of your work.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement warranty, repair, and recovery program
  • Understanding engineering requirements and performance issues related to purchasing of MRO and develop data sets which would quantify performance values of parts and equipment in use
  • Negotiating pricing, supply, and quality in a highly structured and organised MRO market with multiple players
  • Establish catalog direct buying practices for E-Commerce MRO categories
  • Establish procedures and protocols for management of MRO master data, ensure the integrity of the data system and develop a long term strategy for master data management
  • Develop a program for managing inventory levels for MRO spare parts, identify and direct the obsolescence of non-producing or obsolete materials.
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders from different functional areas, considering each group’s interest, while making unbiased sourcing decision based on the concept of the total cost
  • Maintain knowledge of market and industry trends within area of expertise and communicate the potential impact on business
  • Monitor changes affecting supply and demand; track market conditions, price trends, and futures markets
  • Monitor supplier market characteristics regularly; identify opportunities resulting from market shifts and takes advantage of such shifts
  • Act as a central point of expertise and knowledge for users in assigned spend categories.

Work with great people

Josephine Korijn
Investment Manager
"We move at a fast pace and decisions are made in a deliberate, thoughtful, and bold manner."
Mohamed Farah
R&D Electrode Manager
"At Northvolt there is no right or wrong. Everyone brings something to the table."
Maria Åstrand
Director Raw Materials
"It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of starting up a new industry segment."
Erin Mathews
Industrialisation Manager
"I love being a part of such a bold effort to tackle the energy problem."

Skills & Requirements


  • Bachelor or Master’s degree with preferred focus on Sourcing & Logistics, and/or equivalent work experience
  • 5 years of demonstrated MRO category management experience
  • Fluency in Swedish and English is required
  • Experience in working with local suppliers is preferred
  • Experience identifying requirements and clearly documenting specifications
  • Experience and interest in the manufacturing industry is a plus
  • Team player, able to influence and convince other team members and project stakeholders

Specific Skills/Abilities

  • Highly organised and has an eye for detail
  • Exceptionally good problem-solving skills
  • Can do attitude and an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Ability to work well with others in a team environment, as well as independently
  • Qualities that we cherish are flexibility, sense of quality, friendliness, motivation to take on new challenges, grit and a sense of humor

Great Place to Work

  • World leading technique

  • Top specialists as team peers

  • International environment

  • Fast paced & entrepreneurial culture

  • Warrant program

  • Wellness grant

About the company

Northvolt was founded in 2016 with the mission to build the world’s greenest battery cell, with a minimal carbon footprint and the highest ambitions for recycling, to enable the European transition to renewable energy. Northvolt’s team of experts is building the next generation battery cell factory focused on process innovation, scale and vertical integration. Once completed, it will be Europe’s largest battery cell factory and produce 32 GWh worth of capacity annually.

The future needs high-quality, green batteries. And it needs lots of them.

We are currently in an exciting fast-growing phase and operate in a busy, fast moving environment, dealing with a wide range of stakeholders. We are staffing our international office in Stockholm, our R&D facility, Northvolt Labs, in Västerås, as well as our Gdansk facility for production of battery systems. We are also preparing for upcoming positions at the main factory, Northvolt Ett, in Skellefteå.

We want to work with experienced battery experts as well as talented and purpose driven people from all kinds of disciplines to make this happen. Those of us already on board share a bold streak and a passion for our mission. We are prepared to work hard in pursuit of excellence. We enjoy the ride and our main drive is to make a difference for real. We are a team dedicated to thinking new, working hard and having fun. Join us today!

Robel Gebremeskel | Hiring Manager

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