xentys, founded in 2010, focuses on search (permanent procurement positions) and interim procurement assignments for professionals, management and young talent. Our focus is on industry, contracting and technical wholesale. xentys works internationally. we have a broad network within the above mentioned disciplines (we have been active in these services for 16 years), and select candidates based on practical cases. We hope to welcome you to our team soon!
The buyer within an organization
A buyer, or purchasing agent, is critical to the purchasing process within a company or organization. As a buyer, you can work in many different industries. Depending on where you work, as a buyer you will have communication skills, attention to detail and knowledge of the market. A successful buyer works with various departments within the company, such as production, marketing and finance, to help achieve the company’s goals. An experienced buyer can be invaluable to a team.
Depending on the industry, company and needs, there are various purchasing positions available. Within the Purchasing function, a distinction is often made between a Junior buyer, Senior buyer, Operational buyer, Category manager and Strategic buyer. A Junior Buyer is new to purchasing and works with a Senior Buyer for guidance. A Senior Buyer primarily oversees the entire procurement cycle. He or she often works in a senior project with other teams to achieve the best price for products. Procurement Buyers focus on purchasing large volumes of products and services in large companies. Strategic Buyers build long-term relationships with suppliers and focus on goal achievement within companies. Category Managers, on the other hand, focus only on specific product types. At Xentys, when choosing a suitable position for you, we take into account factors such as experience level, qualifications and, most importantly, personal preference. We are happy to take on the preliminary research that goes into finding the responsibilities and requirements that match your skills and ambitions. Our knowledge of the field combined with expertise will lead to a high probability of successful career development for you.
As a buyer, you normally work in an office environment, collaborating with colleagues and other departments. You can work as a buyer in a variety of industries. For example, consider the technical sector or the retail industry. An example of a technical organization is Tata Steel, for example. Within retail, you will be able to work as a retail buyer. An appropriate work culture is essential for a company to motivate you and involve you in your work. Moreover, it is advantageous to find a company that matches your personality and values. Consider benefits such as flexible working hours, training programs, a leased car or other great fringe benefits. We are happy to help you find a suitable organization for your needs. By finding a suitable work atmosphere that matches your needs and interests, you can build a great career as a buyer while contributing to the company’s success.
The capabilities of a buyer
As a buyer, you must have specific traits and skills. Read below what is expected of you as a buyer.
As a Buyer, you have a wide range of responsibilities and tasks. For example, you are responsible for finding suitable suppliers, negotiating purchase prices and placing orders. So this means you have a lot of contact with suppliers and other parties. Your job is to ensure that the company obtains the best products and services at a competitive price. As a buyer, you work closely with other departments within the company, such as production, marketing and finance, to ensure that the purchasing processes run smoothly. More experience as a buyer can contribute to the company’s growth and success. A Buyer must have excellent communication skills for the potential duties and be able to build relationships with suppliers. Being a Buyer can be beneficial in keeping up to date with the latest developments in the market. You can contribute to the development of new products and services, optimizing costs and finding new suppliers. In this dynamic and challenging role, you will be invaluable to any company looking for innovation and more efficient procurement processes.
A successful career as a buyer, as indicated, requires communication skills. This is needed to interact with key suppliers and overall for purchasing products. Negotiation skills are also essential to get the best prices and terms with suppliers. Affinity for purchasing and knowledge of the current market can contribute to performance within the company you are working for. Accuracy, attention to detail and good planning and organizational skills also contribute. In addition to all these skills, we would like to emphasize that for us a good mindset and the right attitude are perhaps even more important. Because we are convinced that there is always room for personal development and growth.
A career as a buyer and the educational requirements that go with it
There are different educational requirements for a Buyer. Of course, this depends entirely on the type of company and industry. In most cases, a Bachelor’s degree in logistics, business administration or a related field is required for the position. A Master’s degree in a related field can also be helpful and can broaden your career opportunities. Furthermore, it is important to gain experience in the procurement sector, such as through internships or traineeships. Fortunately, this is mandatory in most degree programs. The certifications “Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM)” or “Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM)” can also help to improve your qualifications and increase your career opportunities. From our point of view, there is always room for development. This can be through training courses, workshops or membership in a professional purchasing organization, for example. With the right training and experience, you can build a successful career as a Buyer. Do you have a good command of the trade and/or are you looking for a new step? At Xentys we are happy to help you make your new step a reality.
If you have or want to pursue a career as a Buyer, there are several options. As you accumulate more experience and qualifications over time, you can advance to a higher position, such as Senior Buyer, Strategic Buyer, Purchasing Manager or Purchasing Director. These jobs offer more responsibility and leadership, and often offer a higher salary. In addition to these jobs, there are also opportunities to specialize in specific procurement areas. These include supply chain management, sustainable purchasing or contract negotiations. We also advise motivated buyers to invest in personal and professional development. You can do this by attending training courses and obtaining specific certifications in the field of procurement. You will further develop your skills and qualifications. This will also immediately give you better opportunities for advancement. Finally, some companies also offer internal training and development programs and the opportunity to work on different projects. At Xentys we have several new job opportunities available for buyer. We would be happy to go through all the possibilities with you.
Complete the form below for an open application to Xentys B.V.
How does an open application work at Xentys?
Starting an open application can be a great way for people/candidates in the technical fields to express their interest in a job and be considered for potential career opportunities! Here’s how to get started:
- First, make sure your resume and cover letter reflect your relevant skills, qualifications and experience in the technical field.
- Then submit this open application to us using the form to the right.
- Receive a phone call from one of our recruitment specialists.
- Above all, please remain patient, as finding the right opportunity through an open application sometimes takes a little longer than applying for a specific job.
- At Xentys, our main goal is to make sure you are matched with the position that truly suits you – so keep an open mind and let us do the work!