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Senior Category Buyer

Via Executive Talents

Staat 15 dagen op Jobat.be

Betafence is the global market leader for perimeter security, access control and fencing solutions. Betafence secures both industrial sites, public infrastructure, high-security sites, as well as private and agrarian plots.

Betafence is today implementing a strategic decision to move from multiple buying departments by business unit to an integrated and coordinated procurement function for the group.

In line with this decision we are recruiting a Senior Category Buyer, who will work for the European part of the group and will be located at our production site in Zwevegem.

Senior Category Buyer


  • In this function you will both manage a significant spend portfolio and actively participate in delivering improvements in skills, competencies and processes across the procurement function.
  • You are responsible for managing a key expenditure portfolio (+/- €50m) for certain product groups /categories of direct materials that are used in our production process within the  different production sites. Therefore you build and develop strong relationships with key suppliers.
  • You are accountable for determining and delivering year on year improvements within the allocated spend portfolio.
  • Your roll out your experience and best practices within the procurement department  and are responsible for negotiating group deals and synergy projects.
  • You acquire deep market knowledge in order to develop an optimal supplier portfolio.
  • You conduct negotiations with suppliers about price, quality, delivery time and payment conditions.   
  • In order to evaluate suppliers, you develop formal and shared supplier management tools, supplier ratings, metrics and audits and uses those tools to improve supplier performance. 
  • You coordinate improvement programs for suppliers regarding quality, logistics and administration.
  • You collaborate with macro planning to keep our stocks as low as possible and set up projects with suppliers to optimize deliveries.  
  • You work closely and engages constructively with the different functions across our company:  supply chain, quality, technology, planning, manufacturing and legal. 
  • You are the principle company “face to the supplier” and coordinate contacts between subject matter experts accordingly.


  • Minimum Bachelor degree, preferably in a technical or economical direction.
  • Strong purchase experience (min 10 years) in a technical or industrial environment.
  • You can use your previous experience as a category buyer in an industrial field to get up to speed quickly within our specific procurement categories.
  • Deep knowledge of category: market, suppliers and competitors and you are able to develop a network and share market knowledge.
  • Competent and experienced across the full RFx process: supplier selection, onboarding, management, integration.
  • Strong negotiating skills, both technically and tactically.
  • Good relationship building skills, which enable you to build a strong network both internally and externally.
  • Strong communication skills and good command of English and Dutch. English is our business language and all corporate supplier contracts are drafted and negotiated in English. 
  • Knowledge of French and German would be a bonus.


  • An interesting job with a lot of variation within an international environment.
  • A comprehensive package of duties with a high level of responsibility, independence and space for initiative.
  • An attractive remuneration supplemented by extra-legal benefits (e.g. meal vouchers, group- and hospitalization insurance, possibility for a company car)


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