Senior Buyer - direct materials

Are you prepared to embark on a thrilling professional journey as a Senior Buyer in the field of Coating and Adhesives procurement? Join a growing team of a global leader in packaging,   and become a pivotal player in shaping the future of procurement within the EMEA region.

In this role, you'll have the chance to make a substantial impact, working alongside dedicated professionals to drive strategic sourcing, enhance supplier relationships, and revolutionize procurement practices. 

Your expertise will be pivotal in realizing cost savings and improving our category performance. If you're ready for an exciting challenge and the opportunity to leave your mark in the world of procurement, we'd love to hear from you!

What will be your key responsibilities:

As a key member of the Liquids & Prepress Procurement Group in AFEMEA, the Buyer for Coatings & Adhesives plays a crucial role in driving strategic sourcing initiatives for Inks, Prepress, Adhesives, Coatings, and Solvents. This role is instrumental in achieving procurement excellence and meeting ambitious targets. The successful candidate will be responsible for sourcing coatings and raw materials, supporting adhesives-related sourcing activities, ensuring access to relevant market information, and contributing to the implementation of category strategies.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage volume allocations with sites and suppliers to ensure continuity of supply.
  • Distribute price lists and maintain category databases.
  • Continuously identify opportunities to reduce prices and costs.
  • Prepare negotiations and meetings by collecting, analyzing data, and summarizing conclusions.
  • Handle data for tenders and other critical procurement projects.
  • Support the Category Procurement Manager (CPM) in achieving optimal outcomes during negotiations.
  • Contribute to business cases, make-or-buy studies, and category-related step-change opportunities.
  • Track raw materials for both adhesives and coatings categories.
  • Support the CPM in implementing Cost Out activities in collaboration with local plants.
  • Regularly update changes in food safety requirements in coordination with food safety teams.
  • Manage purchasing tools (KMS = Claim handling tool, Artemis = Data warehouse, RebTT = Rebate tracker) and support CPM with managing GSTT = global saving tracking tool, PMT = Price movement tool, MMR monthly management report
  • Provide data and support to the Group Procurement Director (GPD) on an ad-hoc basis.

What experience should you have:

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in  Engineering or Chemistry.
  • 2-3 years of relevant experience in purchasing or the adhesive/coatings industry.
  • Industry knowledge preferred.
  • Strong analytical and commercial skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Excel for effective data analysis.
  • Procurement, finance, and risk management knowledge.
  • Fluent English, additional European languages a plus.

Additional skills we are looking for:

  • Excellent communication and influencing skills, enabling effective collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong problem-solving skills to address challenges and find optimal solutions.
  • Good analytical and conceptual skills, with a focus on accuracy and driving results.
  • Efficient project and time management skills to ensure the timely completion of tasks.
  • A high degree of commercial awareness, staying informed about market trends and opportunities.
  • Adherence to timelines on assigned projects and tasks, delivering on commitments.
  • Proactive and efficient approach, demonstrating a "can-do" attitude.
  • Willingness to travel when required.

What do you get in return:

  • An opportunity to work for a global leader in packaging.
  • Enjoy a hybrid working model, with 2 days of remote work.
  • Competitive salary range
  • Annual bonus 
  • Recognition through service awards.
  • Access to a Multisport card for your well-being.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for additional support.
  • Healthcare insurance coverage.

If you're excited about this opportunity, we would love to hear from you!

Please let us know, and we'll be happy to provide you with more information and discuss your experience further.

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