Category Manager at Bralirwa

1 Category Manager at Bralirwa
Category Manager

Bralirwa | Type: Job
Published: 2024-05-23 | Deadline: 2024-05-31

Title:  Category Manager

We are seeking to hire a qualified, dedicated, and experienced Category Manager. The ideal candidate will build and manage supplier relationships, work with business stakeholders to translate business needs into a procurement strategy and develop a go-to-market approach that aligns with business and Heineken Global Procurement objectives on compliance, operational excellence, and optimal commercial outcomes. The candidate should also be ready to demonstrate our organizational behaviors, which are Connect, Shape, Develop, and Deliver. This position reports to the Procurement Manager. 


Develop and manage supplier relationships, work with business stakeholders in translating business needs into a procurement strategy, and Go-to-market approach that synergizes business and Heineken Global Procurement objectives on Compliance, Operational Excellence, and optimal Commercial outcome.
Build relationship & interface with the business with responsibility to provide pro-active strategic procurement and contracts management of all goods and services supplied by third - party vendors.
Interface with third party HGP Global and Regional Buyers and ensure alignment with the global initiatives and strategies while implementing locally.


  • Participate in the development of the category strategy in line with the business strategy
  • Development and follow up sourcing plans for the main purchasing categories to ensure price competitiveness, continuous long term supply and anticipate future opportunities
  • Set a purchasing policy and accompanying procedures and guidelines, in line with regional guidelines, and subsequently create commitment, mobilise resources, and functionally manage purchasing within the own field of attention to ensure compliance.
  • Ensure compliance with supplier governance of Heineken for product related materials.
  • Work with Stakeholders to understand their requirements and take these into sourcing initiatives and projects
  • Build and maintain a network of suppliers and other relevant (internal and external) stakeholders
  • Contribute towards identification and elimination of risks and audit findings associated with the operation of a Procurement Office
  • Develop and implement sourcing strategies and action plans for the whole portfolio within the scope of the department
  • Realisation of the OpCo objectives with regard to quality, cost leadership, security of supply, customer satisfaction and social responsibility
  • Identify Cost Saving opportunities and ways for the OpCo to achieve a competitive advantage
  • Negotiate with suppliers regarding price, quality and delivery conditions for the assigned category, and draft (proposals for) contracts in line with global/local standards and procurement guidelines
  • Validate suppliers, negotiate main contracts and/or SLA’s and manage these with suppliers.
  • Develop suppliers to meet our requirements.
  • Increase of spend covered by contracts
  • Define project targets and objective
  • Lead projects that impact the own purchasing area of attention and contribute to projects that go beyond the dedicated area.
  • Lead the department and manage a team of people including recruitment performance management and (career)development
  • Ensure people development within the Purchasing department, including coaching and arranging training, organize regular meetings to align and improve the performance of the Purchasing team.


  • Degree Business administration, supply Chain, Finance, Accounts, strategic sourcing, and Business management with experience in Supply chain, Procurement or related fields.
  • 3-5  years’ relevant experience in the field of supply chain, procurement, planning, project management, logistics and hands-on experience in strategic sourcing.
  • Skilled in engaging, negotiating and managing international suppliers
  • Fluent in English and Kinyarwanda
  • Technical Egineering knowledge is added advantage
  • Experience with contracting  vendors
  • Strong preference for some international sourcing experience. Strongly prefer some production part/component sourcing experience
  • Knowledge of the legal terminology and language related to supplier and/or vendor agreements and contracts
  • Advanced systems skills and working knowledge of MS Office, with advanced excel knowledge
  • Must have excellent presentation and communication skills


  1. Be able to work in multi-cultural, multi-national and multi-lingual organization.
  2. Time Management, Planning and Organizational Skills
  3. High level of commitment and working with minimal supervision
  4. Must be proactive, reliable, and able to pay keen attention to the smallest of details.
  5. Knowledge of data comprehension and data analysis


At Bralirwa, there is no set career path. You will find continuous learning opportunities and colleagues who will encourage and support your growth in whatever path you choose to explore. We are a destination for curious minds and the more curious you are, the better.

Start learning new things and find out everything you can be.


We’re committed to hiring diversely. Having employees from diverse backgrounds brings a wealth of perspectives and experience to our team. We embrace Inclusion and Diversity, which means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants and continuing development for all employees regardless of age, gender, race, disability, belief civil partnership, pregnancy, and maternity.

Not only do we offer a competitive salary, but also an additional pension scheme, a loan subsidy, a monthly bonus, free lunch, 100% medical insurance, communication allowance.


As a Diverse and Global Company, we recruit based on the principle of equal opportunity. This means that our hiring decisions are not based on race, color, religion, beliefs, etc. but our decision is purely based on your shown competencies and behaviors during the assessment process.

In case you meet the above requirement, please go to and search for “Category Manager Com/PBS”. 

All applicants must apply using our online application system, CVs received via email or standard post will NOT be considered.  If you face any challenges in applying, please let us know through (no applications will be accepted through this email)

The closing date for submission of applications is Friday , 31 May 2024