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Buyer

The role of a Buyer at SUEZ consists of negotiating, on behalf of internal customers, optimal and efficient conditions with suppliers, allowing them to offer the best in terms of price, quality, service and deliveries.

Assignment

Main activities

  • Advises internal customers in defining their needs Participates in drafting specifications
  • Ensures that the defined product is bought at an optimal price under optimal conditions
  • Ensures that contracts are correctly performed in accordance with the criteria defined in advance in the specifications, by having a regular contact with internal customers and suppliers Liaises between the two
  • Drafts reports and feedback
  • Ensures intelligence gathering and proposes ways in which to improve working conditions with suppliers in order to improve identified performance criteria
  • Ensures that policies regarding health, safety, sustainability, ethics and internal and external group rules are applied throughout the purchasing/procurement process

characteristics

  • Purchasing portfolio between €4.5 and €30 M
  • Management of 20 to 60 suppliers

External corporate relations

Suppliers, service providers, etc.
Profile

Required experience

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Training
University, business school or technical school, specialising in purchasing (or significant experience)
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Experience
If no specialised training in purchasing: a purchasing/procurement professional, familiar with negotiating techniques and with similar experience as a buyer

Key skills required

  • Ability to understand and analyse users’ needs
  • Negotiating skills
  • Ability to understand and take account of long- and medium-term considerations
  • Sense of service
  • Reactivity
Development

Possibilities for personal development

  • Purchasing manager
  • Buyer in another division within the Group
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