Category Lead Buyer - Process

Schiedam, Netherlands

Job Reference 1243882

Location Schiedam, Netherlands

Industry Oil & Gas - FPSO

Function Project Services

Job Type Contract

Date Added May 28, 2024


Location: Schiedam, NL
Contract duration: 1-year with extension
Project: To be confirmed
Open for: European citizens
Work Schedule: Monday – Friday mostly on the office
Recruitment Partner: Airswift

Keywords: Oil and Gas, FPSO, Contract Negotiation, Vendor Management, Commercial, Category Buyer, Purchasing

Our Company:
As a global leading provider of engineering, procurement and construction management expertise to the energy, chemicals, and resources sectors.

We are currently recruiting for a Category Lead Buyer - Process to be placed in Schiedam, NL on a 1-year contract with possibility of extension. The main function is to be responsible for the negotiation and contractualization of long-term agreements with Strategic Partners as identified in the Category strategy, with the main objective to increase client’s competitiveness and security of supply. Helping to ensure that commercial agreement are matching projects and operations needs and bring benefits such as simplification, competitive prices, manufacturing slots reservation.


  • In order that the Category Commercial Agreements meets both company strategic objectives, and future project and operations requirements, you are to:
    • Participate to definition of the roadmap of future technological requirements for the category based on continuous collaboration with Group Engineering, Group Technology and strategic vendors.
    • Provide constant input to Category Manager to develop and mature the market analysis in line with future projects requirement
    • Lead the preparation and finalization of Commercial Agreements as planned in the Category Strategy, including Sustainability goals.
    • Monitor Category Commercial Agreement performance in line with Category objectives
    • Lead the vendor qualification activities for the vendors identified as strategic in your category.
    • Leverage the vendor network to build competitive advantages (eg strategic relationship) and assist in setting up pre-agreements during the win phase
    • Provide direct support to the negotiation with vendors for key packages / services, as required, using benchmark and cost breakdown models, bringing TCO parameters into the equation.
    • Ensure that best practices / lessons learned are captured, formalized, shared and implemented for continuous improvement – acting as memory keeper
  • In order that category performance achieves the Group SC objectives, you are to:
    • Measure and monitor the contracted savings from the implementation of the category strategy
    • Monitor and report the SC KPIs for the category (e.g. savings, % of spend under group framework agreements
  • In order to develop and nurture a sustainable collaboration with strategic vendors and achieve agreed improvement objectives in terms of quality, price, reliability and/or capability you are to:
    • Increase SBM attractiveness in order to achieve greater value (e.g. innovation, specific investments)
    • Monitor vendor’s financial data, load level, capacity and investment plans
    • Identify risks & opportunities related to the vendor (e.g. merging & acquisition) and anticipate any changes impacting the vendor relationship strategy
    • Provide support to Project & Operations teams when the relationship with the vendor is at risk (e.g. dispute & claims resolution, manufacturing performance, slot allocation)
Required Skills:
  • Commercial Profile - Negotiator - Contractual Negotiation
  • 10 years’ experience in Procurement role in EPCI company or Sales engineer/Project Procurement Manager
  • Construction Site or Manufacturing plant experience would be a plus

The next step:
We have an exceptional team in place, and we are pleased to be able to appoint a further person to our growing business. We are aware that you may not ‘tick all the boxes’, but if you believe you can genuinely offer some valuable skills and experience to our business, please in the first instance contact our recruitment partner Airswift

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