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Strategic Buyer Automotive



Meppel Area

65,000 - 75,000 per year

Deadline: 10 december, 2022


Our client, founded over 100 years ago, is the world’s leading manufacturer of towing systems for the automotive industry. They currently employ 600 full-time equivalent employees in 9 countries, with production facilities in France, Thailand, South Africa, and two in the Netherlands. The company, with a turnover of more than €150 million, is part of a larger group that is the world’s leading manufacturer of chassis parts for trailers, campers, commercial vehicles, construction, and agricultural vehicles. Our client has the ambition to double their turnover within the next 5 years.

Procurement team

Are you interested in joining a high-performing procurement team? The team consists of 2 project buyers, 4 strategic buyers (1 vacancy), a material cost optimization lead, and 2 Supplier Quality engineers. This team reports directly to the Procurement Manager and is responsible for a direct spend of €38M per year.

The Manager has been in this position for a few months now and has worked his way up through the ranks of the company. In recent years, he has been instrumental in developing the procurement strategy that is now being implemented company-wide. The company is doing very well and offers great opportunities for career growth and development.


As a Strategic Buyer, you will be responsible for managing a number of categories that include electronic systems, wiring, cable-sets, and actuators. With a 14 million euro budget, which is expected to grow in the coming years, your biggest challenge will be creating a new strategy for these commodities. Recent market and product development indicate that this will be an important category, requiring you to start global market research and analysis to identify suppliers. New strategic partnerships will need to be established, and current relationships/contracts will need to be optimized by making use of Advanced Product Quality Planning, TCO, and Supply Chain forecasting

You will lead multi-disciplinary teams on several improvement projects. For your category you will coordinate the collaboration with suppliers, manufacturing, management and all other internal stakeholders.

Your profile

  • HBO working/thinking level
  • 3 years’ experience as a Strategic buyer in a technical environment
  • Willing to travel max. 20% of your time
  • Fluent in English


  • Salary  max €75K
  • 27+13 vacation days
  • profit sharing
  • Working from home (max 2 days)
  • Pension plan 50/50


Please send your CV and concise motivation letter to
Additional information can be obtained from Adriaan Brok, tel. 070-2400414.

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