Category Specialist - Indirects

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


Our group procurement function is a centralised service supporting each of our six operating divisions.   This team is responsible for the development and execution of best-in-class procurement processes in order to drive effective sourcing strategies and contract management in line with strategic priorities and business needs.    Now is an exciting time to be joining this team as we strive for greater synergies across our divisions and build our One Opal approach to our procurement and supply chain operations.  


Reporting to the Senior Category Manager, Indirects,  your new role will see you supporting the execution of the Category strategy and for personally managing an Indirects portfolio of circa $50m.  You will be responsible for managing our vendor relationships within this category (stationary, fleet, marketing, consulting services) and ensuring all contract negotiations and compliance reporting is delivered according to defined practices.  This will include;


  • Conducting strategic sourcing projects and negotiations for logistics related categories
  • Maintaining strong relationships with our valued supply partners
  • Ensuring maximum benefit is derived from our national contracts
  • Managing spend compliance and leakage reporting to minimise occurrences of spend outside our contracted vendors
  • Collaborating with site based stakeholders and to ensure value is being derived from the central procurement team.


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; 


  • A minimum of 4-5 years relevant experience in procurement
  • Previous exposure to an Indirects category
  • Outstanding commercial acumen and negotiation skills
  • Previous experience in a large, matrix organisation with plenty of stakeholders
  • Previous experience with SAP Ariba highly regarded
  • Degree qualifications in a relevant discipline


Sound like you?   For more information please contact Kathy Head on 0418494015 or jump right in by hitting the apply button now!

Please note, Opal has not engaged any external recruiters to support us with this appointment therefore your best means of applying is to us directly.



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