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EU Category buyer mechanical a.i.



Leiden region

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Our client is private equity owned. The company develops and manufactures heavy automotive related equipment for e.g. mining, construction and transport industries. It has some 3.500 employees, a turnover of appr. € 700 million and production facilities in China, India, Brazil, Italy and Germany. In the Netherlands only outsourced production takes place. The organization has 6 business lines.

The head office houses appr. 170 employees of 27 different nationalities and is located in the Leiden region.



Procurement is led by the CPO, who works for the company since December 2017 and is still quite busy building his team. The following roles report into him:

  • Global category management, predominantly based in the Leiden region with 5 positions at present. This position started some 1,5 year ago and is evolving further
  • Regional procurement managers who functionally lead a regional team of Category buyers. These category buyers hierarchically report into the CPO and closely work together with the global category manager for their spend category for a region and are based in the region. E.g. for the Europe region there is a team in NL of 3,5 FTE.

In total regional procurement counts some 25 persons.

Total spend  is appr. € 450 mio., of which appr. € 55 mio. in steel tubes, flat steel appr. € 20 mio., mechanical appr. € 70 mio. and hydraulics & pneumatics appr. € 60 mio.

The level of professionalism in the procurement function is increasing but is to a degree dictated by the progress in that respect made at the manufacturing sites.

Operational procurement is positioned within the (separate) Supply Chain organization.


The position

Working from home and the headquartes near Leiden, you mainly support the facility in Poland, where a value-add production location is based. Your category consists of mechanical and contract manufactured products, based on your company’s IP, such as the outsourcing of- (or end products based on) machining, casting, forging, metal works, welded structures.  In total a spend of € 10 – € 15 mio.

In full alignment with the category strategy you will source new suppliers for your location and be responsible for supplier management. On top of that you will have global responsibility for the management of some 5 to 10 major suppliers on issues as pricing, performance, compliance.


You closely work together with the global category manager for your spend category on the drafting of subcategory plans, which need to be based on data analyses, in depth supply market knowledge and strong involvement of all other stakeholders. Once a plan is authorized by senior management you will be responsible for the execution thereof in your region.

The operational tasks in your role will mainly be limited to being the escalation channel in case of late or low quality deliveries by your suppliers in the region.

Toegether with the project manager procurement and engineering you work on NPI projects: influencing design, sourcing suppliers, auditing, contracting, etc. The R&D/engineering organization is mainly based at the headquarter.


Major stakeholders are Group management, R&D/engineering, local procurement, your CPO and Business Line management.


Once you are familiar with your new job, it is expected that you develop your suppliers, seeking new business with them; consolidation of suppliers; bringing innovation into the company, constantly thinking about the make/buy balance. An example is a supplier that builds a factory close to the company’s manufacturing site, solely for the purpose of serving that site’s needs.


Projects that are presently running are 1. a Cost Engineering Program (CEP) based on the QLTCS principles; 2. Standardization of the use of Infor LN at all sites and 3. You will become part of a project team for the procurement of cylinders.  Within procurement a dashboard is in place based on QLTCS and supplier management.


You are quite familiar dealing with engineering, reading technical drawings and being involved in NPD programs. It is a hands-on role, where one needs to earn trust by tackling operational issues and getting results as of the very start. The first months will be needed to get to know the organization, the stakeholders and supply base and to create your network within the factory and your homebase.


Your targets are cost savings, continuous improvement of supplier performance, assisting in the drafting of your subcategory plans.


Some travel is expected in the role. You can work 2 – 3 days/week from home.


Your profile

  • An engineering degree is preferred
  • Able to read technical drawings, experience with the mechanical category
  • Tactical procurement experience in a manufacturing and NPI environment
  • International experience
  • Strong communicator, likeable person
  • Excellent command of English and Dutch. Command of German is a major asset.



Contractperiod: 6 months initially, full-time

Start: asap.



Please send your CV, availability and desired fee to

Additional information can be obtained from Maarten Smits van Oyen, tel. +31.70.2400414.


In the industrial or construction sector



In the industrial or construction sector