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Lead Buyer CAPEX and Manufacturing - Zoetermeer Supply Point

  • Posted: 3 Dec 2021
  • Cycles & Procurement
  • Zoetermeer
  • Netherlands

About the job

As the Lead Buyer for the Zoetermeer Supply Point, you will bring sourcing expertise and best practice knowledge to generate savings and efficiences across all CAPEX & Manufacturing Services categories, and across various Danone divisions - Waters, Dairy, and Specialized Nutrition. 

Together with your peer Buyers, located in other factories, you will co-create the Manufacturing buying strategy for Danone Netherlands. Besided CAPEX, the key categories in scope will be: Facility management, Spare parts, Quality & Lab supply / services, Cleaning in place process, and  Energy/ Utilities consumption.

You will be responsible for strategic procurement of goods and services for relevant indirect categories and capital investment projects, ensuring a seamless stakeholder management - by fostering cross functional and cross cultural collaboration, supplier relationship management - contributing to the further development and growth of the supplier ecosyste, as well as overseeing operational and tactical activities to guarantee end-to-end management.

In particular, your contribution will be essential to the extensive Capital Investment plan that is in progress at our site in Zoetermeer. A Jr. Buyer will be reporting to you.

Other Main Responsibilities

Sourcing and Purchasing Category Management

  • Source and benchmark suppliers through RFP and negotiations
  • Ensure contracting & application of negotiated conditions
  • Contribute to the development of local & regional sourcing strategies
  • Participate to regional category & roadmap building
  • Implement & follow action plan to improve supplier contributions

Cost Optimization & Controlling

  • Ensure market intelligence & needs analysis
  • Participate to (Capex) budget process with finance function
  • Identify & lead productivity projects with stakeholders
  • Track savings with controlling (Cost Out) & promote added value (Value In) for stakeholders

Supplier Relationship Management

  • Build effective relationships with key local suppliers: leading negotiations and ensuring the fundamentals (e.g. legal, quality, compliance) are in place to drive growth and generate innovation
  • Monitor quality service and performance of suppliers, including management of service evaluations, and serve as a resource to resolve issues
  • Local implementation of globally agreed governance models

Stakeholder Management

  • Build and ensure strong working relationships with local, regional and global stakeholders
  • Influence cross-functional teams (including engineering, finance and legal from multiple business units) to consolidate business requirements, provide updates, manage projects, and be the central point of contact
  • Represent Danone procurement outside the company and build effective relationships with preferred vendors

About you


  • 3 to 5 years of relevant experience in strategic purchasing in the field of indirect goods, services, materials and/or engineering projects, preferably with strong relation to Manufacturing and project management
  • In-depth knowledge of key procurement concepts in contract management, supplier relationship, and performance management
  • Ability to work collaboratively on cross functional projects 
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, results driven and action orientated
  • Excellent negotiating and influencing skills  
  • Advanced contracting skills – cradle to grave ownership
  • Solid project management skills
  • Strong data analysis skills &  financial acumen
  • Ability to recognize and accommodate personal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and limitations
  • Acting as advisor to local management, able to build a compelling argument and forge consensus
  • Being comfortable with working within a ever-changing business environment

About us

Do things your way. The way you work, the way you develop, the way you progress, it’s all up to you. 

Working here you’ll need to enjoy a fast-pace, complexity, and it can get a little challenging. But it’s packed with opportunities. You’ll work with some of the best-known brands in the world, such as Evian, Nutricia, Activia and Nutrilon, and we absolutely guarantee that you can just be yourself.   

Be innovative and entrepreneurial and the impact you could make might just amaze you. Join our movement for a healthier world. One Planet One Health BY YOU.

Cycles & Procurement is right at the heart of making the ‘One Planet. One Health’ frame of action a reality.  Our High Performing and diverse teams secure competitive, sustainable resources, seek innovative solutions and partner up with Suppliers aligned with our vision. 

We have the power, through what and how we source, to shape the world we live in.

We Offer

Here at Danone we are passionate about the investment of our people. We commit to working with you to outline your development pathway through a variety of learning opportunities, both online and offline. We also offer a complete package of benefits, with a competitive primary salary and yearly bonus, but also benefits like a premium free pension, 30 days of paid annual leave, discounts on a collective health insurance, and even on some of our products.

The salary range for this position goes from a gross annual salary of 60.000 to 70.000 EUR + benefits, depending on the seniority of the candidate.

What's next?

Are you the Buyer we're looking for? Hit the “apply now” button. To comply with GDPR regulations, we cannot process your personal data without given consent. Therefore, we strongly recommend applying directly via our career website.

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


Need more information? Please contact Patricia Hoogerwerf, Talent Manager a.i. via patricia.hoogerwerf@external.danone.com.


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Application procedure

  • Resume and Cover letter

  • (Video) call

  • Interview #1

  • Interview #2

  • Welcome