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Global Senior Buyer – IT & Data

  • Posted: 5 Feb 2024
  • Cycles & Procurement
  • Hoofddorp
  • Netherlands
  • Hybrid

About the job

The Global Senior Buyer will work in close cooperation with the Global IT stakeholders to cover Danone Business requirements & sourcing on the following area of spend: Infrastructure (Cloud Service provider, Data Center,  Network, Hardware, Telecommunication, Managed & Support Services),  IT security and Data.  

The position will report to Global Sourcing Manager IT & Data Infrastructure. 


Your main responsibilities will be: 


Category management:  

  • Develop IT category strategies & roadmap with IT & data platform leads. Deliver value for money in accordance with procurement strategy and business plans. 

  • Structure a procurement approach to deliver a continuous sustainable productivity per year and maximizing the business value 

  • Develop or reinforce connection to market via suppliers, conferences, market studies, benchmarking to continuously track best in class practices and market trends to capture technology innovation and support Danone development and business digital transformation 

  • Build strong procurement toolkit & methodology on specific area of spend and lead on-boarding of zones and CBUs via focused communication on in-scope initiatives 


  • Source and benchmark global category suppliers on a regular basis 

  • Drive consolidation of spend and negotiation leverage with IT & Data teams

  • Launch RFI/RFQ to select, engage, and manage supply base for the global categories in responsibility

  • Work in collaboration with Legal partner to execute Support & Managed services and drive efficient contract management process. Ensure contract delivery & application of negotiated conditions

  • Support IT & Data in purchasing process on critical spend & suppliers relationship management 

 Relationship Management:  

  • Business Relationship Management: Develop strong relationships with global IT & Data teams & regional/local procurement. Able to assess IT & Data needs and recommend optimal sourcing solution. 

  • Supplier Relationship Management: Define and follow scorecard to monitor global supplier performance and drive continuous improvement plans. Animate suppliers’ performance with IT & Data; manage disputes. Drive innovation from supplier. 

 Procurement Financials:  

  • Lead cost optimization program on all sourcing category in scope. Lead quarterly category review meetings with Finance and business partner 

  • Track & Monitor savings initiatives in collaboration with Finance business partner 

  • Deliver cash improvements 

Best In Class procurement:

  • Promote and support the implementation and the compliance to procurement processes, policies and tools 

  • Participate to workshops and procurement continuous improvement initiatives 


About you

  • Strong ability and track record of convincing stakeholder to bring success together 

  • Autonomy & agility to manage multiple initiatives/projects in parallel 

  • Strong negotiator, able to lead complex RFQ deals and agreements 

  • Adaptable & experience in working in an international environment 

  • Business acumen & results oriented 

  • Solid written and oral communication skills 

  • Experience in working remotely with IT business partners

  • BA or equivalent in business or a technical discipline

  • Master’s Degree in procurement desirable

  • At least 8 years of relevant IT sourcing professional experience with minimum 3 years in Infrastructure area

  • Fluent in English 


About us

It’s an exciting time to join Danone! You’ll be joining at a momentum in cycles & procurement journey where you can make a huge impact on our Benelux business. And the best part? You’ll be supported to grow an impactful career that you can be proud of. Together, we’ll build a healthier world.

Joining our Team is a unique opportunity to be part of international teams, live the thrilling experience of a unique company driven by breakthrough ideas, humanism culture and strong sustainable agenda. 

All Danoners receive a complete package of benefits. This includes a competitive salary and yearly bonus, a premium free pension and great discounts on health insurance and Danone products. We understand the importance of flexibility and offer 30 days of annual leave (with the opportunity to purchase more) and a hybrid working environment, where you can work either from home or from one of our People Hub in Hoofddorp.


What’s Next

It’s simple – hit the “apply” button. In order to comply with GDPR we can’t process your personal data without your given consent, so please apply directly via this website. Good luck! We can’t wait to meet you.


Need more information? Please contact Anna Anitova, Talent Acquisition Manager via. anna.anitova@danone.com


* all applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.



Application procedure

  • Resume and Cover letter

  • Interview #1

  • Interview #2

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