Group Category Manager - Direct Material Procurement

Coventry, UK

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Group Category Manager - Direct Material Procurement

We have an exciting new opportunity for leaders within Procurement. In this role you will lead, develop, and empower a knowledgeable team of professional buyers within Direct Material Global Procurement– together we can reach our goal in scaling up Polestar.


Let us describe the challenge we offer

Polestar is aiming to bring driving pleasure into a new era with an all-electric product offering of progressive performance cars that are designed and engineered without compromise with minimized CO2 footprint. This will be combined with a hassle-free ownership and premium services, where all interactions and orders can be performed online.

Polestar grows continuously and we are therefore searching for strong leaders to be the Group Category Managerwithin the following areas:

  • Software & Electronics
  • Electric Propulsion Systems
  • Structure
  • Interior
  • Chassis

Together with a global Procurement team you will work in close collaboration with stakeholders and oversee enhancement of running business and all sourcing activities for engineering development projects. You will be part of developing a global sourcing and business strategy in line with company objectives/values.

We believe that work-life balance is important, and of course, welcome our employees to work flexible hours and from home a couple of days per week. We believe in empowerment.

This role will report to Head of Direct Material and is located either at our HQ in Gothenburg-Sweden or in Coventry-UK or in Shanghai-China.

What you'll do

  • Coach the team and together with them develop the supplier base to meet sustainability goals, increased transparency & traceability, total cost of ownership (TCO), quality, on time delivery and project objectives
  • Collaborate with stakeholders and project teams to ensure procurement deliveries according to project requirements
  • Collaborate with global Procurement team to build the Procurement function of the future by design, optimization and adaptations of the procurement process based on the current performance, stakeholder needs and overall company objectives/values
  • Be accountable for global end-to-end deliveries of the Category team including strategy, sourcing and contract negotiations
  • Discover and advocate new technologies and innovations
  • Create career development plans with your team and follow up on the progress
  • Inspire others to make the world a better place

Establishing a new EV car brand for an exciting future, will require a lot of flexibility and creative thinking while keeping a strong integrity. You act proactively, with focus on the right thing and getting the job done.


Who you are

To succeed in this role, we believe that exceptional communication skills, a strong inclusive leadership and a yes-can-do approach are key notes. You will also benefit from a smart and nimble mind-set and an efficient way of working to be able to perform.

  • Strong networking skills and collaborative mind-set in a global environment
  • A mature and strong team player
  • Familiar with global direct material/ automotive supply base, with sharp discernment and powerful market analysis ability
  • Positive and passionate - nothing is impossible mind-set
  • Approx. 5 years+ procurement experience
  • Experience of developing and leading global procurement teams is beneficial
  • University degree in engineering, business management or equivalent
  • A source of inspiration and motivation

A passion for sustainability and a determined mind to improve the society we live in will make you feel that you are in the right place together with us.

    At Polestar, you will be part of a cross-functional and international team, with English as a natural language for written and spoken communication. Since Polestar’s in a scale-up phase you thrive by working in a fast-paced environment.


    People at Polestar

    We know that a change is needed. We also know that each one of us can help bring about that change. Our commitment to becoming climate-neutral by 2040 is just as important to us as being inclusive, diverse, and innovative. Together, we are creating, collaborating and experimenting to usher in a new era of sustainable mobility.

    We are an electric performance brand, determined to improve the society we live in.


    Is this you? If you are interested in joining the Polestar family, don't wait with submitting your application. We apply a continuous selection process and the job post will be open until the position is filled.

    Are you ready for the journey? Which is electric by the way...

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