Category Manager IT & Technology

Mer is a leading EV charging provider operating in Norway, Sweden, Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom. Our mission is to make electric mobility easy and accessible to everyone. Mer is scaling up extensively, powered by a combination of solid organic growth and M&A. We are owned by Statkraft, the biggest producer of renewable energy in Europe. Through our extensive experience within renewable energy and electric mobility, we are combining the best of both worlds to power the European shift towards a purer way of transportation.

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Category Manager IT & Technology in All

  • Location: All
  • Unit: Mer Group - Finance
  • Job title: Category Manager IT & Technology
  • Report to: Head of Procurement
  • Full time / part time: Full time
  • Form of employment: Permanent
  • Application date: As soon as possible

The mission of Procurement in Mer is to secure the supply of high-quality products and services, bring innovation and sustainability to our business through the supply chain and to control cost.


To strengthen our organization further, we are seeking a hands-on and self-driven procurement professional to take on the role as Category Manager IT & Technology. The quality and innovativeness of our IT solutions are what sets us apart from our competition, and all sourcing related activities in this category must be optimized to ensure our competitive edge. The category is organized as a global category, covering all geographies in Mer.


The right person will understand Mer’s business priorities and how they can be achieved through IT services. We are looking for someone with a strong background in procurement and IT & Technology, with experience in negotiating contracts and managing existing suppliers. The right individual has a good understanding of the supply market dynamics in IT & Technology related to the EV business.

Your role

  • Continuous tracking of supply market developments as a basis for procurement strategies. Focus on supplier market for CPO platform, ERP/CRM system, Infrastructure & Cloud and EV Technology
  • Gather and assess business needs within IT & Technology category in close collaboration with IT department to ensure that procurements of goods and services are in accordance with the group’s IT strategy and governance model
  • Develop sourcing strategies based on market situation, Mer’s buying power and requirements from internal stakeholders
  • Lead and perform procurement processes and ensure that contracts meet the organization’s requirements in terms of cost, quality, and risk.
    • Supplier Prequalification
    • Tender management
    • Contract negotiations, award, and implementation
  • Contract management: Ensure that contracts are regularly reviewed and renewed to align with changing business needs and market conditions.
  • Supplier relationship management: Daily follow up of suppliers as well as strategic supplier relationship management with the goal to increase Mer’s competitive power
  • Assume responsibility for sustainability goals relating to the IT supply chain incl. assessment of sustainability risks and implementation of mitigation strategies
  • Contribute to establishing best practices category management methodology.
  • Report category progress and results against commercial and sustainability objectives.


Personal Abilities

  • A structured and “doer” attitude driving procurement processes on behalf of the business
  • Good commercial understanding and capabilities
  • Interest in adjacent EV Technology
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal and relationship skills.
  • Advanced analytical skills.
  • Service minded and solution oriented
  • Excellent communication, listening and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to drive continuous improvement and follow-up of deliveries.
  • Willingness to travel


Competence requirements

  • Demonstrable experience 3-5 years from working within IT Sourcing & Vendor Management
  • Experience in working with SaaS solutions and the connected license models and cloud providers and their partners is an advantage
  • Experience in negotiations and claims management
  • An excellent communicator with fluency in English, both written and spoken. Additional languages are an advantage.
  • Relevant education within business and/or technology.


Mer offers

  • A purposeful place to work by being part of the green mobility transition
  • The possibility to be part of a procurement organisation that is passionate about its role as a source of competitive advantage for Mer
  • Professional and personal development in an exciting company
  • A positive working environment characterised by competence and speed
  • Competitive terms of employment and excellent benefit schemes

The position can be based at all Mer offices. Applicants should state their preferred location. The Category Manager reports to Head of Procurement at Mer, based in Oslo, Norway

We are recruiting this position through Headhunter Tunnicliffe Hunt. Please contact Stephen Hunt, [email protected], tel.+44(0)1273286068, mob.+44(0)7495740696 for all enquiries.

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