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Senior Buyer Indirect Category

Req # JR - 026110 Location Lessines, Wallonia, Belgium Job Category Purchasing Date posted 08/25/2020

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Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • The role is part of Baxter’s Global Category Management Organization and reports to the EMEA Senior Manager Manufacturing Indirect Operations.
  • Expected to lead/support Category Management activities for Capital and/or MRO in EMEA.
  • Collaborate closely with the Management of Manufacturing Operations at senior level and Plant Local Procurement teams to establish strategic and tactical objectives, define priorities and develop and implement category strategies.
  • To closely collaborate with the site buyers across multiple sites to improve procurement performance and to roll out negotiated contracts.
  • For his/her purchase portfolio, to acquire related market knowledge, to execute and apply sourcing strategies manage the assigned purchase portfolio, to conduct negotiations and implement contracts.
  • Develop/execute sourcing and category management strategies for Capital and/or MRO as part of the global & regional team. Develop internal and external benchmarks and metrics to support global strategies.
  • Implement the category strategies in the region and build strong relationships with internal stakeholders and suppliers .
  • Lead the supplier selection and contract negotiation process for key projects, within Capital and/or MRO categories.
  • Ensure that appropriate Supplier Relationship Management programs are in place for strategic and critical suppliers in the concerned categories of spend (Capital, MRO)
  • Stimulate and support innovation by leveraging the supplier base, regularly reviewing market developments and mobilizing the appropriate internal network.


  • Bachelor/Master degree in Finance, Engineering or Business
  • Minimum 4 years of category management experience with multinational organizations. Previous experience with Capital MRO, Project Management will be an asset
  • Must be able to speak and write fluently in English. Knowledge of additional European languages is an asset.
  • Proven experience in people and stakeholder management
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Business acumen and ability to develop strategic thinking
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural and matrix environment.
  • Ability to work efficiently with virtual teams.
  • Strong willingness to accept new challenges/tasks.
  • Team player
  • Entrepreneurial. Autonomous.

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