Solvay is a science company whose technologies bring benefits to many aspects of daily life. With more than 24,100 employees in 64 countries, Solvay bonds people, ideas and elements to reinvent progress.
The Group seeks to create sustainable shared value for all, notably through its Solvay One Planet plan crafted around three pillars : protecting the climate, preserving resources and fostering better life.
The Group’s innovative solutions contribute to safer, cleaner, and more sustainable products found in homes, food and consumer goods, planes, cars, batteries, smart devices, health care applications, water and air purification systems.
Founded in 1863, Solvay today ranks among the world’s top three companies for the vast majority of its activities and delivered net sales of €10.
2 billion in 2019. Solvay is listed on Euronext Brussels (SOLB) and Paris and in the United States, where its shares (SOLVY) are traded through a Level I ADR program.
Solvay is a market leader in hydrogen peroxide, both in market share and technology. Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is used mainly by the paper industry to bleach pulp.
Its properties are also of interest to many markets, such as chemicals, food, textiles, and the environment.
Job Overview and Responsibilities
Site buyer in Charge of 2 sites : Linne Herten (The Netherlands) & Zandvliet (Belgium), with the following responsabilities : Negotiating Procurement ContractsPurchase spot buys per authority limits.
Validate the spot’ nature of the Purchase Request.Source and negotiate local contracts with selected suppliers / subcontractors.
Manage local suppliers / subcontractors.Define purchasing needs with internal customers. Develop request for quote.Ensure the administrative follow-up of the contract.
Respect contracts and local framework agreements ensuring consistent application of contract conditions.Manage Procurement ContractsResponsible for the implementation of contracts at the site.
Promote automation, use of e-catalogs, and reduction in spot buys.Negotiate and select local suppliers, manage the relationships and participate in supplier assessments.
Manages sites spend of 25M€ Euros, works in partnership with the Category team of the spend covered by Group contracts.Deploy and follow up central contracts by promoting the use of contracts to the entire site / all relevant users.
Support low spend CAPEXprojects at Site level - or collaborate with CAPEX category buyer for larger projectsSupport site as needed in RFx preparation and contracting (based on supplier knowledge, site needs ).
Emphasis on site knowledge and impact on RFP / RFQ prep.Evaluate and Improve Procurement PerformanceImprove Procurement performance by : Identify and lead productivity actions with Site Management (Site Productivity Plan) and communicate / collaborate with the Procurement team and Procurement Service Line, especially issues that need to be addressed at the corporate level.
Frequently assess internal client satisfaction and foster ways of improving purchasing processes based on feedback received.
Manage the Procurement processes and activitiesRepresent the Site towards the Procurement and SBS Procurement Service Line.
Act as the day-to-day single point of contact between the Site and Procurement / Procurement Service Line.Meet on a regular basis with internal customers to understand and communicate procurement needs.
Provide inputs on Site needs and priorities to Corporate and GBU Procurement.Forward orders above authority limits requiring ad-hoc treatment to the appropriate Procurement team.
Manage claims on site for site contracts and for category contracts, escalating to category buyers if needed.Communicate with Procurement Service Line by : Ensure compliance with the provisioning channels and processes.
Ensure all necessary information is transferred to the Procurement Service Line to manage the process.Manage the Procurement networkParticipate in and / or manage transversal Procurement projects.
Participate in site buyer networks to share best practices across sites and GBUs.
Education and Experience
University degree / HBO or equivalent by experience OR Higher education (non-university) with specific specialization. Experience in Procurement is a plus.
Experience in Maintenance and / or Technical activities is a plus.
Collaboration & communication.Negotiation.Impact & influence.Analytical skills.Proactiveness.Achievement Drive.Procurement process.
Knowledge of country / regional regulations.Knowledge of contracts.Understanding of technical & plant processes.SAP knowledge Fluent in Dutch and English.