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Technical Buyer - Belgium  

UCB (company)


Posted on : 09 December 2016

Project Description

To strengthen our Purchasing team in Belgium we are looking for a Technical Buyer to join our main production and R&D site. 

you like to work in an environment where you can:  
  • Assist in implementing Strategic Direction setting for the purchasing of Technical investments related to our company 
  • Actively participate to the Patient Value Strategy as defined by Purchasing
What you need to do: 
  • Identifies the key challenges of the stakeholders within Technical Operations and connect those challenges with solutions from third parties 
  • Actively contributes to the Category Strategy, its implementation and life cycle 
  • Plans and execute a pipeline of different projects in the category in accordance with the Purchasing Policy and Purchasing Methodology 
  • Supports the commodity strategy in alignment with Category Director 
  • Key supplier management activities and follow-up 
  • Consolidate spend with key suppliers for certain subcategories 
  • Define KPI and SLA for supplier performance management 
  • Delivers value beyond savings 
  • Keeps up to date with industry and market trends. Explores competitive intelligence sources, share information with stakeholders and derive actionable insights 
  • Effectively engages with a variety of stakeholders 
  • Collaborates with Country Buyers to have oversight of all spend in commodity across the company: 
    • Optimizes supplier portfolio 
    • Drives maximum hands free environment 
    • Ensures compliance with existing contracts 
    • Benchmarks cost and processes for similar products/services  across countries/plants and external networks   
    • Identifies non added value processes or administrative work and suggest improvements  

education, experience and skills:   
  • Master degree in a Major Discipline required 
  • +/- 3 years of buyer experience with specific knowledge of the commodity in question   
  • Knowledge of pharma industry is an asset (or another heavily regularized environment) 
  • Sourcing methodologies should be part of the DNA 
  • Strong interest in biopharmaceutical and biotechnological evolutions 
  • Demonstrated experience working in a fast paced setting 
  • Proposes opportunities, solutions, recommendations and fall-back options for business challenges 
  • Risk management 
  • Change management 
  • Strong communication skills 
  • Ability to work independently and in a (multicultural) team 
  • Ability to manage projects including process (deadlines and milestones), contributors, expectations/communication, etc. 
  • Pro-active and pragmatic attitude 
  • Facilitate and enable rather than own and execute 
  • Able to generate enthusiasm and commitment to the values, vision and strategic priorities 
  • Able to encourage others to anticipate, generate ideas and implement them 
  • Able to initiate and drive change in  a positive way 
  • Feedback culture: able to receive and convey feedback in a constructive, open and authentic manner 
  • Critical mindset 
  • Thinks holistically. Connects internal and external information 
  • Gathers and interprets information in an analytical way 
  • Becomes a trusted business advisor to the stakeholders 
  • Solves business problems and adds value by focusing on business requirements rather than processes. 
  • Perseverance, enthusiasm and entrepreneurship, combined with a strong sense of responsibility, ethics and flexibility 
  • Demonstrates resilience by renewing efforts in face of setbacks         
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