Global Lead Buyer (f/d/m)

Job Description

  • Develop, lead and execute the strategic sourcing process globally for all our business segments (Plates, Sleeves, Prepress).
  • Implement the corresponding decisions taken as part of this process together with the Technical Directors and other stakeholders in the organization.
  • This also includes cost savings initiatives created by synergies of all segments or alternative raw material selection.
  • Contribute to the sustainability agenda of the business when selecting raw materials and packing materials.
  • Manage supplier performance to ensure uninterrupted supply according to the supply planning and quality requirements.
  • Deliver Procurement price forecast for those categories for which the role holder is responsible and provide sufficient information for other business planning processes.
  • Together with the technical managers and other stakeholders, identify and realize opportunities within the category/portfolio to reduce overall total costs.
  • Constantly work on de-risking the raw material portfolio for XSYS in terms of dependency and cost
  • Market analysis to optimize supplier selection and qualify additional supply channels.
  • To carry out negotiations and maintain and coordinate the relationship with suppliers and to contract globally up to a specified spend authority.
  • Support the delivery of working capital savings and drive the delivery of creditor targets globally.
  • Receive and collect sufficient information from the units/local buyers about the supplier and their performance including active participation in the product development process to be able to review the initial supplier selection process.
  • Manage, lead and resolve supplier conflict and claims above a certain value.
  • Manage and develop an international, dynamically evolving team of direct and indirect reports across the 3 business segments and align the purchasing strategy amongst the team members and stakeholders.

Basic qualifications

  • Degree and expert knowledge in purchasing of chemicals
  • Proven leadership experience
  • >5 years professional experience as lead buyer
  • Profound analytical skills
  • Experienced negotiator, able to lead an communicate complex changes at different levels in the organization
  • Experiences in cloud based purchasing tools desired
  • Fluent in English, German fluency also preferred
  • Strategic capabilities
  • Inter-personal effectiveness
  • Delivering results
  • Commercial flair and acumen
  • Drive step change
  • Self-starter
  • Willingness to travel upon business requirement

Purpose of the job

  • To conclude effectively supplier contracts at overall lowest total cost of ownership in order to impact positively P&L and Balance Sheet (working capital, creditor terms, and vendor managed inventory).
  • Identify and reduce risk, by appropriate plans and other actions to secure on time supply and purchased goods quality.
  • Contribute to Critical Success Factors as defined by XSYS.
  • Drive cost saving initiatives in procurement, while keeping the product performance stable.

Starting date: Q1/2022

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