Interim Strategic Buyer Region Arnhem




  • Commodity Management for material groups on a global base
  • Negotiate contracts with non-product and product related suppliers (PR & NPR) with support and agreement from VP Strategic Supply Management
  • Negotiate prices based on open calculation, lead-time, landed cost, and total cost (focusing on projects)
  • Be an interface to the Product Group and ensure early involvement of Strategic Buying and suppliers into all relevant internal and external project activities
  • Work with the supplier to agree on corrective actions to resolve escalated issues or look for alternative suppliers when necessary.
  • Tight coordination with the local and global Material Management departement, which is managing the Purchasing, the Logisitics and the Incoming Quality Control (IQC)
  • Make sure that all necessary purchasing parameters (vendor data, contracts) are given and stored properly and take appropriate actions whenever necessary.
  • Prepare analysis and statistics to control and support the sourcing strategy and the strategic planning.
  • Contribute to the definition, drive the implementation and executes the company’s Strategic Sourcing Strategy (improve Asian / China content).
  • Ensure the establishment of a competitive global supply chain which provides for sustainable reductions of total cost and integrates seamless into the purchasing and production (assembly) processes
    Search, select, and qualify preferred suppliers to support the business requirements (improve Asian / China content).
  • Proactive improvement of the quality along the entire supply chain in close cooperation with all involved departments (Product Group, Research & Development, Material Management, Finance).
  • Ensure the availability of up to date supply market information. (focussing on Commodity Modules)

Process Responsibility

  • Work according defined supply chain processes and use the tools listed in these processes.
  • Supplier Qualification and Selection: Contributes to supplier development, qualification and evaluation within a cross functional teams. Strategic Buyers: focus on commercial and contractual aspects.
  • Vendor Management: Build up and maintain global supplier portfolio Execute supplier performance management.
  • Contract Management: Creating and maintain global contract system which covers all type of suppliers. Store contracts systematically (in paper- & in electronic form)


  • Relationship with Key suppliers
  • Supply Market Analysis
  • Vendor and Contract Management
  • Achievement of best possible cost savings while ensuring the most beneficial supply base for the company.
  • Supplier development (supplier performance measurement) and phase-in



  • Technical and commercial education
    (need basic mechanical technical know how)

Technical Knowledge

  • Order and manufacturing process of commodities (Spindle & Bearing)
  • Basic technical know how

Work experience

  • 5 to 10 Years
  • Experiance in global strategic sourcing (Asia / China)
  • Experiance in supplier qualifiaction, auditing and corrective action processes

Expertise and methodology

  • Good supply market knowledge
  • Good knowledge in contracting
  • Able to optimize the supplier relationship by combining supplier’s and internal processes, building trust, measuring and developing suppliers
  • Good understanding of the supply chain and of the critical production and assembly processes
  • Constructive and productive thinking in cost terms
  • Competent treatment of suppliers
  • Good PC-Knowledge (MS-Office package)
  • Proficient in Excel (Advanced, VBA Makro knowledge not needed)
  • Experience in SAP/R3

Other requirement criteria

  • English Language (fluent in written and speech)
  • Analytical, systematic, thinking in networks
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Team spirit
  • Project management capabilities
  • High independance in working and distinct ability to accomplish
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • High flexibility and positive reaction on „moving targets“ (readiness for travelling)

Company profile

Dutch high tech company




van Gaal

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