Indirect spend purchaser (technical buying)


Wieze, VOV, BE, 9280

At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 11,000 passionate Employees working in more than 35 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

Barry Callebaut is the heart and engine of the cocoa and chocolate industry. We are looking for Indirect spend purchaser (technical buying) in Belgium (BE) for Lebbeke-Wieze (BEWI). Our broad range of products and services span all aspects from cocoa sourcing to fine chocolate products, which are loved by people of all ages worldwide. We are passionate about our business and work hard every day to ensure that there is enough chocolate in the world. Nothing is more important to our success than the combined expertise of more than 9000 Barry Callebaut employees around the world. Our international focus in the fascinating world of cocoa-growing and chocolate are the colorful backdrop for our many functions across a wide range of disciplines. In addition to sharing a passion for chocolate, Barry Callebaut employees live our other corporate values every day - customer focus, entrepreneurship, integrity and team spirit. We are committed to making sure that they have the right skills, know-how and deep understanding of our customers and their needs. Engaging and developing our employees is the key to our success. Because our business focus is so broad, the scope of career opportunities within Barry Callebaut can cover many functional areas.


About The Role 


Within the local company strategy and working according to the BC sourcing policy for indirect spend, the Buyer indirect spend will:

  • represent the BC sourcing department in the technical area in Wieze, Halle, Zundert and IBC, representing  (advocating) procurement and demonstrating added value for BC. Spreads and implements purchasing processes within BC.
  • manage indirect technical spend areas for Wieze, IBC, Luijckx (opex and capex), looking for both short term opportunities through spot buy reduction and long term opportunities through strategic sourcing exercises.
  • the outcome of these exercises is secured by creating (long-term) contracts with suppliers, generating both savings and income flows. With these contracts, more and more of the total spend is under control.
  • develop strategies and tactics – together with the business - to give our company a competitive advantage in either technology or cost.


The job holder reports directly to the Technical Purchasing Manager BENE


Key Responsibilities Include


  • Analyses the needs for assigned spend categories; defines sourcing strategies and tactics to make the local organizations more competitive and meet business goals.

  • Monitors and reports results and KPI’s. Takes actions where necessary to improve KPI’s.

  • Executes the local purchase strategy. Develops an operational plan that meets global purchasing objectives.

    Monitors and does a periodical follow-up to make sure objectives are met.

  • Purchasing Champion: Represents and carries out the values and principles and processes of purchasing as documented in the BC sourcing policy. Acts as a local representative of BC sourcing. Makes sure all policies are implemented and followed.

  • Manages all indirect technical purchases for assigned purchasing categories within the local organizations in BENE (Belgium; Netherlands) (including  Capex–Opex) providing full service to internal customers (engineering and maintenance organization, Lab, R&D, HSE, Facility mgmt)

  • Communicates liaises and negotiates internally (internal customers = stakeholder management) and externally (suppliers = relationship management) using appropriate methods to meet local business needs.

  • Is end-responsible to negotiate with local suppliers to ensure optimum price/quality/service levels. This includes supplier selection, defining Total Cost of Ownership, market analysis, cost benchmarking & complaint handling

  • Increases the maturity level of the local sourcing organization by:

    working on the standardization of materials and services, supplier rationalization, implementing purchasing contracts, further streamline purchasing processed, optimising purchasing systems (implement catalogues etc) & spend segmentation

  • Supports strategic sourcing initiatives to deliver long range programs for MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operating Supplies) and related capital services.

  • Is fully repsonsible to ensure correct implementation of the documented P2P process (Procure to Pay) into our ERP systems (sap & maximo) ensuring data quality to enable correct reporting in BO-analysis

  • Is fully responsible for a complete follow up of the entire procure to pay process ( p2p) ( po creation- Goods delivery- goods receipts – invoice payment)


About You


  • Bachelor or master degree in a relevant discipline
  • Purchasing certificate/degree or relevant work experience 
  • Strong analytical capabilities
  • 3-5 years of Indirect Spend experience
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Fluent in Dutch and English 
  • Supplier negotiation
  • Purchasing Process Acumen
  • Experience with MS Office packages and SAP
  • Strong Technical Knowledge

Our strength comes from the passion and expertise of our people. As we strive to create an environment in which our people can continue to learn and develop their skills on an ongoing basis, it is our goal to encourage entrepreneurship and creativity. Apply for one of our interesting positions today and start a great career in the world of cocoa and chocolate.

If you want to learn more about Barry Callebaut, please find further information here.

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