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Is performance management in transportation fields (e.g. shipping/rail transport) an appealing career field for your students? A Category Manager works on negotiating contracts, analyzing data and processes and developing the transportation strategy. Such professionals are needed for logistical services in various industries and in companies that deal with a large variety of products, such as the chemical industry. This position demands having obtained both engineering and commercial background and to be able to illustrate great communication skills. Do you want to know more about this career path? Scroll down to find out!

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Find out about the key skills to become Category Manager Supply Chain Sourcing & Contracting.


Using communication skills to negotiate the best deal for for the employer is essential for the Ctegory Manager’s day-to-day work.

Technology Literacy

A basic understanding of technology and engineering is an asset to successfully follow a career as Category Manager Supply Chain Sourcing & Contracting.

Administrative Skills

Having a thorough understanding of business administration and supply chain management is a significant part of this job.


A creative mind can contribute to your success as a Category Manager as it leads to creative solutions, openness to changes and innovation.


Because this profession demands interaction with a lot of colleagues, it is important to be able to effectively work in teams.

Analytical Reasoning

Displaying a high level of analytical reasoning is important for a professional to evaluate situations and act accordingly.

Meet Paul Ruigt

Paul Ruigt studied Industrial Engineering and Management Science at the Eindhoven University of Technology (NL). As part of the curriculum, Paul went to the Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan in Stockholm (SE). In 2006, he graduated after completing his thesis at Uniqema (ICI) in Gouda (NL). Thereafter, Paul returned to his hometown Sittard to join SABIC and started working within the company procurement department. His career path guided him via various supply chain roles to his current role as Category Manager for Shipping & Barging for Liquids.

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Vanessa James

I am a communication coordinator in the Science Education Department of European Schoolnet (EUN). Holding a BA degree in Public relations and digital communications, I am passionate about graphic design, photography, web development and content management.