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Category buyer/ Business partner (m/v)

SCK•CEN | Mol | Permanent, Full-time

SCK•CEN is one of the largest research institutions in Belgium. Every day, more than 700 employees dedicate themselves to developing peaceful applications of radioactivity. Our developments have already resulted in a long list of innovative and forward-looking applications for the medical world, industry and the energy sector. We are renowned for our expertise world-wide.
In the course of our work, there are three main research topics:

  • The safety of nuclear installations
  • The well-considered management of radioactive waste
  • Human and environmental protection against ionising radiation
SCK•CEN collaborates with numerous research partners both at home and abroad.
The work performed by SCK•CEN has a direct effect upon various aspects of our daily life. Besides our work as a research centre, we also organise training courses and offer specialist services including  consultancy.

Category buyer/ Business partner (m/v)

Job description

Due to new projects within the procurement department of SCK•CEN, we are on the lookout for additional employees.
The main responsibilities of a Category buyer/Business partner are as follows:
  • in consultation with the internal customer, you will carry out an analysis of the internal needs, draw up specifications, help select potential suppliers, draw up price requests and examine the quotations. This will involve challenging the different parties in order to achieve an optimal result;
  • you will act in accordance with public procurement legislation and follow the internal procedures;
  • you will maintain contact with suppliers and internal customers both by telephone and in writing;
  • you will offer support to the Procurement manager;
  • you will be responsible for and a specialist in the product categories assigned to you;
  • as a Business partner, you will represent the procurement department for your internal customers;
  • you will participate in the development and optimisation of the SCK•CEN procurement department;
  • you will see orders through, from start to finish (from request to invoice).


  • A professional bachelor's degree, preferably in a technical or economic field;
  • 3 years of experience in the procurement process;
  • knowledge of public procurement legislation is a bonus, a willingness to learn more about this is vital. If necessary, in-depth training can be followed;
  • experience with SAP is a bonus;
  • a strong personality, drive and the ability to cope well under stress;
  • a strong analytical and numerical aptitude and the ability to get to the bottom of cases independently;
  • precision and efficiency, the ability to take initiative, strong organisational and administrative skills;
  • autonomy and a sense of responsibility with the necessary flexibility for changing priorities;
  • good reporting and presentation skills;
  • team player, communicative and an ability to make contacts easily;
  • technical support is a bonus;
  • good knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook);
  • good knowledge of French and English.


What can we offer you?
  • A challenging and varied job
  • Opportunities for self-development in an absorbing, international research environment
  • Extensive training opportunities within and outside your area of expertise
  • An attractive remuneration package with non-statutory benefits
  • Located in wooded area to ensure you a traffic jam free environment
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  • Professional bachelor (Higher Education Short Type)
  • At least 2 years experience
  • Dutch, French, English


  • Permanent
  • Full-time

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