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Procurement Leader CAPEX & Manufacturing

01/06/2018 Cuijk, Noord-Brabant

Danone has invested €240m in the construction of our new plant in Cuijk for our early life nutrition business. This will replace our current factory. Incorporating up-to-date technologies and meeting Danone’s targets for sustainability in terms of both energy efficiency and emissions. For our facility in Cuijk we are looking for an ambitious:

Procurement Leader CAPEX & Manufacturing

In the project to build a New Green Field Factory for spray drying of infant milks powder & specials (the Project) the Procurement Leader CAPEX & Manufacturing takes the responsibility for realizing and optimizing buying for CAPEX and Manufacturing. You are the strategic buying partner for senior management of the project. You work together with multiple decision makers with management responsibilities in the Project, Factory management, Finance, regional and global buying community and strategic projects within Danone Early Life Nutrion. The role is located in Cuijk (Nijmegen region).

Co-creation is one of leadership principles within Danone. We work together to create advantage and develop smart buying solutions. This leads to high impact from your side on supplier costs and business performance. To unleash the power of collective thinking and collaboration you will be leading and/or working in (virtual) teams in the BeNeLux. 

What will you be doing?

You act as a single point of contact for local and central senior management on Manufacturing & CAPEX buying. You work closely together with them to ensure the best performance of the new factory by buying, negotiating and managing supplier performance. You will be active in the following areas:

1. Buying and negotiating

  • Negotiate on agreements/ contracts, follow up on implementation and actions
  • Leading tenders (both local or regional)
  • Pro-active follow up of developments both internal (global procurement) and external (markets, experts) and translate into solutions
  • Support and advice business leaders on business cases, CAPEX approval, terms & conditions
  • Continuous Improvement of Buying processes

2. Supplier Management

  • Measurement of supplier performance based on SLA's/ KPI's
  • Develop and maintain Supplier Relationship Management
  • Monitor and ensure supplier performance: Risk management, capacity, quality, cost, security & sustainability
  • Initiate and monitor supplier innovation

3. Cost Reduction

  • Lead cost reduction programs within category and the factory
  • Participates in internal programs where you will support and lead initiatives for the Benelux Cluster.
  • Leading tenders (both local or regional)

4. Compliance

  • Ensure compliance of buying activities with Code of Ethics, Legislation and Danone guidelines
  • Participates in audits and initiatives to improve compliance within category

5. Relations Management

  • Build and share knowledge with the procurement community on Manufacturing and CAPEX Buying
  • Build a network with both internal stakeholders (Engineering teams, Senior Management, Global Buying community) and external stakeholders (Suppliers, Experts, Buyers).

6. Management

  • Coach and lead the local OG&S Buyer (direct report) 
  • Functionally lead and coach teammembers of the projects you lead

Your profile

We are looking for an energetic and proactive candidate with the ambition and drive to obtain results, together with all stake-holders. We expect you to have the following background and experience: 

  • Bachelor+ or Master level
  • Strong experience (5+ years) in Purchasing, preferably with strong relation to Manufacturing
  • Strong business acumen
  • Proven track record with procurement, buying, purchasing and tendering in complex, international organizations
  • Experienced senior buyer, acting as advisor to the management
  • Skilled in MS Office (PowerPoint, Exel) and SAP (pré)

Relevant personal competences that are required:

  • Persuasion and influencing
  • Result driven
  • Building and maintaining relations
  • Analytical capabilities
  • Communication skills
  • Planning and organization
  • Integrity

What's in it for you?

In all our activities we respect our Danone values that are fundamental to the company: Humanism, Openness, Commitment and Enthusiasm. These values guide us in how we work and interact. Are you an energetic person who believes in these principles, Danone suits you! Apply and help us make our vision reality by playing a key role in the performance of Danone and all its brands.

We offer you an exciting role in an ambitious organization, part of a large international group with a pleasant, informal atmosphere. There are many opportunities for personal development and to get the best out of yourself through our Learning & Development Program including special trainings for managers. Within Nutricia Cuijk we offer a challenging position in a dynamic environment. We also offer excellent salary and benefits including a contributory pension.

Are you interested to join us?

Apply directly via our website For more information about this challenging position please contact Walter van Ruijven (Recruitment lead) at +31 (0)6 1512 2743. Applications via e-mail cannot be taken into consideration.

Walter Van Ruijven
Recruitment Lead ESTIA +31 (0) 6 151 227 43