Interim Initial Buyer

As a temporary replacement due to a pregnancy leave, we are looking for a motivated, hands-on and professional intial buyer to join the purchasing team located in Echt in the Netherlands. We are offering the possibility of supporting the different members of the team in various operational and initial tasks as well as working on improvement processes.

The main objective is to find, evaluate, engage and challenge suppliers of goods and services, based on business needs, aimed at insuring material availability for production, exploiting efficiencies in production, realizing procurement objectives and minimize cost of ownership. You will support the initial buyers who are responsible for sourcing, supplier management and contracting across a group or category of product or non-product related goods & services.


Purchase preparations


  • Track market developments related to availability of materials and price trends
  • Execute market research for potential suppliers
  • Select suppliers who satisfy the QLTC-requirements in line with the Sourcing Strategy for the Category, as defined by the Category Team
  • Release suppliers in collaboration with Quality, Engineering and Category Manager in line with Supplier Selection Process
  • Develop suppliers within the Category and in line with defined strategy
  • Assist in formulating procurement policy in own area of operation
  • Contribute actively in optimising procurement processes




  • Apply and keep up to date supplier information and product parameter settings in ERP (QLTC, Item Master and logistic arrangements like Advanced Logistics)
  • Request for offers, compare and discuss with suppliers
  • Negotiate conditions and set up and negotiate contracts with suppliers
  • Assess and negotiate offers from suppliers, and communicate with internal clients
  • Within the matrix organization and on functional level; Coach and develop Operational Buyers’ skills within the Category
  • Execute the role of escalation level for Operational Buyers in the event of problems with suppliers
  • Hold and follow up on business reviews with suppliers / supplier evaluations on the basis of QLTC
  • Take decisions on invoice discrepancies
  • Solve cost discrepancies
  • Solve structural discrepancies in performance at suppliers (within assigned Category)


Information availability


  • Coordinate operational processes for cost calculations and provide information to other departments
  • Drawing up synopsis of developments in the suppliers’ market
  • Frequent briefings on Category strategy, policy and performance to senior management in the operating company or, if required, beyond.
  • Preparing weekly KPI’s for the use of the Management Team




There is contact with:

  • Suppliers during contract negotiations, business reviews and in the event of problems
  • Operational Purchasing in the event of escalation by Operational Buyer; supports Operational Purchasing
  • Colleagues at Planning and Operational Purchasing for interagency coordination and cooperation
  • Engineering, Warehouse and Sales, Project Leaders, all internal disciplines and the customer*
  • Category Manager and other SAM’s
  • Procurement Manager in the event of escalations, problems and departmental matters




  • To define the contractual basis and the purchasing procedure in consultation with the Procurement Manager
  • To assess suppliers related to Supplier Performance Profile (QLTC)
  • To place Requests for Quotations (RFQ), negotiate and conclude contracts, after consulting the Procurement Manager




  • QLTC supplier performance and improvement programmes deriving from this
  • Active membership of Sourcing Team (in which joint decision-making about the Sourcing Strategy to be pursued in the Category is determined)
  • Conduct policy as determined in the Sourcing Team related to the supplier base
  • Procedures and methodologies of initial buyers, in conjunction with Procurement Manager Team and/or Leader Operational Purchasing*
  • Determining terms of delivery related in own area of operation
  • Parameter management
  • Market research and analysis
  • Presence of the best possible purchasing conditions
  • Correct preparation and implementation of contracts with suppliers
  • Endeavour to build a partnership with our suppliers
  • Help to develop the skills of the operational buyer(s) with the aim of making them as independent as possible




  • Graduate of a University of Applied Sciences (Dutch HBO or Matsre degree) in Industrial Engineering and Management Science, Logistics or Commerce and Marketing
  • Nevi 1, 2 and 3 or equivalent study programme/course is a pre




  • Commercial and communication skills with respect to internal and external parties
  • Communication and negotiation skills
  • Conflict management
  • External awareness
  • Result orientation
  • Planning and organizing
  • Cooperation


Ability to express him/herself in foreign languages; English is required for:


  • Preparing, concluding and following up on offers and contracts
  • Daily contact with operational buyers
  • Contact with various foreign suppliers


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