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Global Purchaser

Do you want to select the best indispensable food products? Are you passionate to realise timely deliveries across the globe, dealing with cultural issues along the way? Are you looking for an international challenge where you can make a difference by holding suppliers accountable whilst maintaining good relationships?

AevesBenefit is looking for a:

Global Purchaser

This private label supplier is a specialist in their branch and product range, which they source in countries all over the world. It is part of a global organisation with production facilities in different countries and is a leading supplier of agri-commodities. Only high quality products that surpass the European legal standards are good enough to be sold by this company. The company improves their efficiency and productivity every day, ensuring high quality products that will fulfil customers’ requirements. The essence of this role is not only to negotiate optimal prices, but also to assure that products of the right quality and quantity arrive at the factory gate in time. In this role you will work from the Rotterdam area and report to the Managing Director of the company. You will also work closely with the CEO of the Division in France and the centralized procurement department in Poland.

Responsibilities:

  • You are responsible for the global procurement of an a-typical product category, which makes up 70% of their sell cost price; 
  • Acting on the cutting edge when making buying decisions for products with volatile commodity prices; • Maintaining a competitive advantage in price, quality and delivery for your company, whilst dealing with competition for the supplier’s products; 
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with (sometimes) difficult suppliers, across strong cultural barriers; 
  • Monitoring and directing suppliers performance; 
  • Being aware of the cultural differences while making sure you will get what the company needs; 
  • Being responsible for all the follow-ups towards suppliers (about 60 percent of your time): it is important to stay up-to-date with all the procurement processes, market intelligence and contracts all the time; 
  • Selecting new suppliers and building sourcing strategies; 
  • Being a business partner for your external stakeholders and suppliers; 
  • Continuously broadening your knowledge of the international market; 
  • Improving sourcing processes;
  • Working with colleagues on different locations. 

Profile:

You are proactive, adventurous, driven and committed. It is important that you are able to continuously switch between your interpersonal skills and your negotiation skills. You have a thick skin and are committed to get the job done. You know how to build strong relationships, but are also able to push back if that is necessary. 

  •  A specialist, able to operate stand-alone in a very specific supply and demand situation; 
  • Responds swiftly to constantly changing situations; 
  • Strong negotiator with interpersonal and intercultural skills; Strong personality but no ego; 
  • Proactive, commercial and analytical; 
  • Good in prioritising tasks, entrepreneurial; 
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree;
  • 3+ years of experience within procurement, preferable within the food industry;
  • Willing to travel regularly; 
  • Ability to work under pressure;
  • Great English communicator (French is an advantage); 

Benefits: 

  • Working in an international environment, learning from different cultures; 
  • The possibility to travel a couple times per year; 
  • Working with a product everyone knows and contribute to a more sustainable planet; 
  • A chance to develop yourself and grow as a person; 
  • Appealing salary and secondary benefits;

About AevesBenefit
AevesBenefit is thé leading procurement consultancy firm of the Netherlands, focused on interim management, consultancy and executive search. Our clients results are of the utmost importance to us. We support both clients and candidates in achieving their goals and ambition. To stay successful we continuously invest in professional and personal development of our employees. This inspires the best professionals to join AevesBenefit. Together we create a vibrant network of more than 200 procurement consultants, that are ‘fun to work with’. With our consultants, partners and clients we are the beating heart of the procurement profession in the Netherlands. Driven by performance, with fast, reliable and professional service.

Contact
Are you interested of do you have any questions? Please contact Annabelle van der Vossen at +31 6 46 31 76 55 or a.vandervossen@aevesbenefit.com.
 

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