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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
  • Makes sure the defined product is bought at an optimal price under optimal conditions
  • Monitors contracts in accordance with the criteria defined in advance in the specifications, by having a regular contact with internal customers and suppliers
  • Crafts reports and feedback
  • Fosters intelligence gathering and proposes ways in which to improve working conditions with suppliers in order to improve identified performance goals
  • 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, specializing in purchasing (or significant experience)
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Experience
If no specialized training in purchasing: a purchasing/procurement professional, familiar with negotiating techniques and with similar experience as a buyer

Key skills required

  • Understand and analyze users’ needs
  • Negotiating skills
  • 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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