Lead Buyer

Delft, the Netherlands


About the role

To strengthen our team we are looking for a Lead Buyer

In this new role you will apply knowledge of procurement practices and procedures to organize and coordinate procurement activities of materials, goods, services and supplies; You will identify business procurement needs, search, screen and qualify vendors, evaluate vendor portfolios, and with help of in house technical specialist, select and negotiate the most favorable solution and terms for the business. You track purchases, monitor vendor quality, and maintain a current database of vendor information for uninterrupted supply of equipment, goods and services for the business.
In addition, the Lead Buyer typically reports to the Laboratory Manager and you supervise the work of a junior buyer and/or inventory management staff.
You are the specialist on complex sourcing and business matters and can work independently.


• Identify procurement needs of products and services for business functions
• Provide comprehensive understanding of suppliers, key market players and market dynamics
• Collect offers (RFP / RFQ / RFI), negotiate pricing and delivery conditions with vendors
• Maintain vendor relationships and implement contracting and SLA agreements
• Develop and follow established procedures to select suppliers and place actual order for materials, supplies and services into assigned systems. (ERP, Vendor sites, etc)
• Verify inbound materials for completeness (OTIF-On Time In Full) or damage and connect with vendors for corrective action as needed
• Check records accuracy and perform data analysis for process and supply chain optimization
• Handle complex clerical, administrative, technical or supplier issues under minimal supervision, while escalating only the most complex issues to the direct manager
• Manage and prioritize procurement projects in a changing and dynamic environment
• Assist direct manager with buying process improvements and provide inputs for procurement strategy development and execution

In order to be successful in this role you need to be a proactive communicator, FLUENT IN DUTCH, have a hands on mentality with attention to details. You need to be flexible and able to change priorities in a dynamic and fast-growing organization.


  • HBO degree in Administration, Engineering, Supply Chain, or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum of three years of related work experience, preferably in supply chain and or procurement
  • Experience in leading negotiations with suppliers
  • Self starter, hands on approach, team-player
  • Business orientation, solution seeking, forward planning, numbers literate, ability to engage people of all disciplines and areas of expertise
  • Fluent in Dutch

Meatable Offers

  • A competitive salary
  • Participation in our employee stock option plan and pension plan
  • A dynamic work environment in a new exciting field using cutting edge technologies, working with the leaders in the field
  • A caring culture with strong emphasis on team performance and personal development
  • A Gym Membership

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