Buyer (multiple categories) (m/f)

Boasting a strong brand name and a loyal customer base, Office Depot Europe operates in 14 European countries across three main activities and brands: "Viking," Contract, and Retail. Under the prestigious "Viking" brand, the company is a leading vendor in six product areas: office supplies, printing and document services, paper, computers and printers, business services like facility management, and office furniture, with direct sales to over 1.2 million small and mid-sized firms in ten European countries via the online channel, mail order, and call centers. The main markets for "Viking" are the region covering Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, plus the UK. The Contract segment, which boasts an attractive and loyal customer base together with a stable distribution network, maintains contracts to supply over 100,000 large business customers and corporations in the main markets in the UK, Benelux/France, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The Retail segment sells products under the strong Office Depot brand to over 600,000 active customers in over 100 stores and online.

For our team in Venlo (Netherlands) we are looking for a

Buyer (multiple categories) (m/f)

Your job

You'll be responsible for the end to end purchasing process and the management of appropriate vendors for the assigned product portfolio. You'll be working in a scrum team where your main focus will be to search for suitable vendors and take care of the negotiations. You'll do market research, contact Vendors, arrange meetings to discuss product portfolios and negotiate to get the prices that we need for our business. 

Your responsibilities

  • Translate the departmental sourcing process into an effective sourcing plan defining, prioritizing and implementing (multiple) optimization solutions (buying alliances, direct sourcing, e-sourcing / e-auctions and commodity sourcing) in line with customer needs, showing strong awareness of LCC sourcing including Near East/Far East/Emerging Markets.

  • Identify, assess and recommend potential vendors based on set established criteria and policies. Issue requests for quotations and work closely with vendors to optimize their cost, quality and performance delivery.

  • Collect, assess and discuss business requirements and needs concerning goods / services to be purchased (quantities, specifications and services levels) within the assigned portfolio and to be accountable for ensuring product meets legislation requirements

  • Work closely with the associated Category team ensuring close collaboration and understanding of sourcing product requirements.

  • Share vendor product and general intelligence with Category team as appropriate

  • Undertake an appropriate negotiation strategy with vendors including price, rebates, quality and delivery conditions for products and / or services in assigned category or portfolio.

  • Undertake a vigorous vendor selection process across agreed Business criteria

  • Continuously benchmark and improve the applicable vendor base.

  • Monitor market, product and price developments and communicate this internally with relevant stakeholders to support growth and profitability.

  • Actively monitors and evaluates vendor delivery performance and product quality.

  • Proactively mitigates the supply risk. Leads the corrective and preventive action plan process.

Your profile

  • Academic level of thinking in a business related discipline with 2-6 years of relevant experience

  • Part CIPS qualified or equivalent professional buying qualification

  • Strong customer focus and customer awareness

  • Planning and priority setting skills, is able to work under pressure and is result driven

  • Ability to work in a fast paced and changing environment

  • Fluent knowledge of English, spoken and written. Other language skills (Dutch, German, Spanish, French and/or Italian) would be an advantage

What do we offer

We welcome you to a challenging, international environment with great opportunities for you to explore. Our benefits are very competitive and designed around your preferences.

  • Depending on experience, a year salary including holiday allowance   36 days of leave fulltime based (including 12 ADV days)

  • Travel expenses paid according to Office Depot guidelines  Flexible working hours in regard to starting your day between 07:00 and 09:00 am

  • Opportunity to buy Office Depot products with a significant employee discount

  • Solid company pension scheme with a 3% employee contribution and the remaining part paid by Office Depot

  • Attractive collective health insurance and other insurances

  • Accident & Disability Insurance paid by Office Depot

  • Healthy work-life balance and a contribution from Office Depot for having a Fit for Free membership

If you have any questions, please contact:
Geert Baeten
HR Recruitment Officer
Office Depot Benelux
Tel. +31 (0)77 323 8557
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