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Category Buyer NPR

Manufacturing wooden/textile products


Eindhoven area

65,000 per year

Deadline has passed


Our principal is part of a multinational firm specializing in the design and production of home furnishing, car seats, etc. The Dutch affiliate is based in the Eindhoven area.

The European organization counts 5 departments: Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Logistics, Procurement, and Supplier Quality. Procurement In Europe has 22 employees, of which 7 are based in NL. Two NPR category buyers, four direct spend category buyers and a procurement assistant for NPR. The EU team works closely together with procurement in China. The total spend in these areas is appr. €230M, of which €36M Non Product Related (NPR), mainly purchased in Europe and Asia.



You report into the country procurement manager.

Your focus will be on procurement of Marketing, IT and NPD (New Product Development) for the European organization. In second instance for facilities and real estate for the Dutch locations. You may also become involved in some direct spend.

Examples of projects are:

  • IT – ERP licences and implementation, hardware, etc.
  • Marketing – instore concepts design and production
  • NPD – procure co-development for new products.

It is important that you feel comfortable dealing with senior management, as your stakeholders will include the directors for IT, marketing and NPD. Occasionally you may also come to deal with the European CEO. More closely you will work with people reporting into senior management. Based on the interaction with your stakeholders you make your yearly category strategy plan and get their buy-in. This plan must be based on thorough data analysis (spend, contracts, interviews, benchmarks). It may be that you will be expected to give presentations about your plans to stakeholders.

In your role you will then source suppliers globally (emphasis on Europe and Asia), do the contracting of selected suppliers and thereafter manage these vendors. Tools used are a.o. a contract management system, N2P tool and an ERP system.

You report on the following KPI’s: customer satisfaction, savings and risk management.

International travel will occasionally occur.


Your profile

  • At least a Bachelor diploma
  • Minimum of 4 year experience in Non Product Related purchasing, preferably in an international R&D and/or production environment
  • Fluent in both Dutch and English
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Sound knowledge of MS Excel
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills.



Maximum gross yearly salary: € 65K (incl. 13th month), depending on your background and experience; 28 vacation days; profit sharing scheme of max. 1 monthly salary; pension scheme.



Send your CV and motivation letter (in English) to
Maarten Smits van Oyen can provide you with additional information, he can be contacted via 070-2400414.


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