Category Buyer Utrecht

We are looking for a Category Buyer for our international client in Utrecht. Are you familiar with all aspects of the procurement and supply chain process including compliance, quality and specifications, delivery and pricing? Then this job might be very interesting for you.

Job description Category Buyer

As a Category Buyer, you will report to the Category Manager. You are an experienced and committed individual who can supervise and develop a country category portfolio but is also able to define and implement a procurement strategy. The total spend is about 90M€/year.

Main tasks:

  • Ensure that the optimal balance between value for money and cost savings is achieved
  • Contribute and support the business in the ongoing development of the purchasing strategy
  • Work with the regional category managers and the global lead buyers to ensure that the local strategy and coverage, category plans and vendor management are in line with the group strategy
  • Ensure all procurement opportunities are investigated and realized where possible
  • Align with global business objectives to achieve best value for money
  • Contribute to a community of country buyers spread in more than 40 countries in the world


  • You have a bachelor’s or master’s degree
  • You have 1-3 years of experience in a similar role
  • You are a strong negotiator and are able to negotiate on both an intellectual and relationship basis
  • You are highly motivated towards achieving cost savings and corporate goals
  • You possess knowledge of value analysis methods
  • You understand the customer’s needs and program issues
  • You know how to evaluate financial performance
  • Good knowledge of both Dutch and English language
  • You have a valid work permit

Compensation Package

You will start in a professional and committed team that’s just as passionate about their job as you are. You’ll get a permanent contract with excellent benefits including:

  • Salary €55.000 - €65.000
  • A contributory pension
  • Bonus scheme
  • 26 vacation days with the option to buy in extra days
  • A flexible mobility allowance
  • Our client also has an extensive internal training offer
  • Room to grow into a managerial role
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