Category Manager - Packaging

Discover Opal....


 As part of the Nippon Paper Group, Opal is one of Australasia’s leading packaging and paper companies and we employ more than 4,500 team members across our operations.

 We manufacture goods that you see, touch and use every day and our customer base includes some of the biggest names in FMCG, Retail and Fresh Produce.  

 We stand for innovation, smart solutions and sustainability and this is an exciting time to join us as we build our own unique culture fuelled by confidence, energy and passion.   


Discover the Opportunity....


The role of the Category Manager, Packaging, is to develop and execute best in class procurement initiatives in order to drive effective sourcing strategies and contract management aligned with the Opal Group strategic priorities and business needs.


You will contribute to the success of Opal by:


  • Lead the development and execution of the Packaging category strategy, to ensure performance targets are set and achieved

  • Ensure appropriate initiative pipeline is managed and maintained for all major packaging categories.

  • Mitigate business risk through a comprehensive supplier accreditation framework to incorporate social/ethical, safety, technical, quality and commercial standards.

  • Ensure compliance to the Opal Strategic Sourcing Framework, with clear stakeholder engagement, communication and cross-functional leadership.

  • Develop strong and effective working relationships with internal business stakeholders to enable successful delivery of the agreed procurement strategy

  • Provide expert, authoritative advice to key stakeholders on all aspects of procurement strategy and practice to inform business planning and action

  • As category expert, provide the business with expertise into market conditions and dynamics


Discover Yourself….


We are able to offer a varied career journey with experiential learning gained from cross-functional and lateral moves. We embrace diversity in all its forms and we look for curious individuals who thrive in an environment of change.


Specifically for this role, we expect you will have;


  • Relevant degree or diploma – Engineering, Finance, Supply Chain Management or Commerce

  • Minimum 8 years relevant procurement and supply chain experience

  • Obtaining, analysing and drawing conclusions from complex business and market data

  • Excellent negotiation and influencing skills

  • Supplier Management & Development


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For more information, please contact Gemma Whale on or jump right in by sending us your CV.