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Senior Buyer Product Goods Europe – VCST (Closed)

Sectors: Automotive
Functions: Senior Buyer
Locations: Sint-Truiden



Role purpose

  • Direct supervisor: Director Global Sourcing & Supply Chain Management BLA
  • Department: Sourcing & SCM
  • To develop, deploy and implement global sourcing strategy in such a way that it creates added value to company. Senior Buyer PG Europe is responsible to find and manage capable suppliers in Europe area against lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) and within, by BL Automotive Global Sourcing Director, defined targets in cost/delivery and quality
  • Internal: All internal departments’ plants and global departments of BL Automotive
  • External: Frequent and profoundly contacts with suppliers
  • PG spent Europe: +/- 23mn. €/year

Key responsibilities

  • Co-developing and implementing sourcing strategies globally to support long term business goals of VCST
  • Market-investigation (commercially and technically) and contract negotiations with suppliers
  • Responsibility of pre-cost calculation of total cost of ownership (TCO) of the PG goods in quotation stage of prospects
  • Sends out RFI/ RFQ’s to potential PG-suppliers based on requirements of requested departments
  • Selection of right supplier based upon TCO (QCLDM: quality, cost, logistics, development and management)
  • Negotiating and contracting PG-goods according to VCST purchase-policy in order to have smooth physical and financial handling of goods
  • Evaluation of PG-suppliers according VCST-procedure
  • Order-handling with suppliers and give support to local SCM teams in case of structural supply issues
  • Cost improvement programs and value analysis
  • Updating MCS systems
  • Reporting KPI´s (inclusive recovery of cost of non-quality from supplier)
  • Early involvement of suppliers in development process
  • Establish long term relationships with strategic suppliers


  • Education: Master degree in Mechanical or Materials Engineering
  • Experience: 5 years automotive-experience (steel or forging industry is recommended)
  • Knowledge of quality-systems
  • Knowledge of office-tools as user
  • Strong market knowledge of raw materials and process technologies
  • Awareness of Customer (Specific) Requirements
  • Awareness of financial/environmental/social & product safety regulations
  • Good technical and commercial skills
  • Analytical thinking
  • Good negotiation skills
  • Willingness to travel
  • Strong focus on cost and quality improvement
  • Be able to handle confidential information (integrity and trust, advanced ethical principles)
  • Leading skills
  • Ability to instruct suppliers
  • Reliability
  • intrinsic motivation
  • Language: English

Our offer

A job like no other, with challenges in a unique environment in full motion, with growth opportunities and an attractive salary package.


Please send your application and/or CV to Annemie Schuermans: (+32 471 42 63 23)

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