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Manager procurement (heavy tailormade eqmt) a.i.

Manufacturing machines/eqmt


Rotterdam area

Deadline has passed


Company develops and manufactures complex, tailormade, equipment mainly for offshore purposes.  Strong global position in its niche. Several thousand employees and several production facilities worldwide. Each customer order is a project in itself. Home office in the Rotterdam area.



The Supply chain manager reports into the CTO and has 4 direct reports and some 55 staff in total.

You will be managing initial procurement, reporting into the manager supply chain. Your peers are the manager contract management, the manager logistics and the manager after sales procurement.



Your initial procurement team of about 10 persons consists of 2 Category managers, plus Category buyers, Package managers and Project coordinators.

The business is purely project and engineering driven. Project size is € 20 – 50 mio.

You closely work together with your team, engineering, your colleague procurement managers, project managers and with operations.

In the sector the focus was historically on engineering, making the product the customer’s needs. It gradually included shorter lead times and nowadays price and costs are just as important. This has created the need for a professional procurement organization. Your main focus is, beside managing day to day activities, on improving the level of professionalism in the team. You lead by example.

Procurement needs to gets involved in the engineering process at the earliest possible stage to be able to steer the outcome in terms of design and spec, to create a procurement strategy, organize supplier selection in a professional manner, prevent excessive costs and delays, etc. It is therefore important that your team closely  works together with engineering.

Other focal points are

  • the idea of the (partly) outsourcing of engineering, a discussion in which you need to participate and assume your role.
  • The continuous improvement of processes and the ERP system.

Considering the importance of your role and the strong involvement of the board and especially the CTO, in procurement, you need to be able to communicate well at all levels.

The role will require that you travel max. 20% of your time.


Your profile

  • Technical or supply chain bachelor degree
  • Background in a production environment, preferably engineering and project driven
  • Management experience in Procurement
  • Strong communicator
  • Hands on
  • Very good command of English.



Start: ASAP

Duration: 6 months, full-time



Please send your CV and concise motivation letter to
Additional information can be obtained from Maarten Smits van Oyen, tel. 070-2400414.


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In the industrial or construction sector