Strategic Buyer

Job description

As a Strategic Buyer at Benchmark, your added value to our organization lies in managing a supplier portfolio related to specific customer focus programs and products. You are responsible for the suppliers involved and their performance. Based on your analysis and market research, you take the initiative to realize cost savings and implement logistics concepts to optimize material goods transactions.
In addition, in this role you provide functional guidance to 3 or 4 tactical Purchasers. Ultimately, this ensures that you can anticipate and purchase products at the right time, at the right quality and price.

What you can add

In this role you optimize the procurement processes by managing and embedding improvement plans together with other departments or suppliers, in collaboration with the tactical and operational buyers. You participate in periodic customer program reviews (internal and external), by presenting supplier performance and (cost savings) project results. Functional management of a number of Tactical and Operational Buyers.

In addition, you will provide support for material escalations. You continuously update and anticipate global supply market knowledge.
Furthermore, you analyze customer requirements and translate into a customer related procurement strategy/plan to optimize procurement processes and connect with the supplier base.

Finally, you compare quotations and/or company contracts, negotiate on price, delivery times and opportunities, reliability and quality.

How do you add value?

  • You have an entrepreneurial mindset and take responsibility.
  • You have a strong background in procurement or supply chain management.
  • You have experience in the high-tech semi-con or medical market segment and the commodity electronics and mechanics (pre).
  • You develop yourself to take risks, make mistakes and learn from them.
  • You help each other, share ideas and push your limits.
  • You observe and admit trends and new technologies.
  • You continuously develop on technical content and on soft skills.
  • You draw up a commodity or customer purchasing strategy after a thorough market analysis.
  • Furthermore, you manage and implement multiple improvement plans in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.

You have the following tasks

  • Comparing tenders and/or corporate contracts.
  • Analyzing the procurement package and preparing improvement plans with suppliers and discussing these with the tactical buyer.
  • Functional management of a number of Tactical Buyers.
  • Continuously analyzing the supply market, keeping knowledge up to date and knowing how to anticipate this.
  • Making and maintaining call-off schedules and forecasts for component deliveries based on the needs in the ERP system.
  • Ensure that no surplus stock is created.
  • Negotiate on price, delivery times & possibilities, reliability, quality etc.

Job requirements

We are looking for our new colleague

  • With a completed course in (Technical) Business Administration at least at the college level.
  • With a completed Nevi training 1,2 or someone who is working on this training.
  • With a good command of the English and German languages.
  • With at least five years of experience as a Buyer and in addition at least two years of experience as a Strategic Buyer.
  • With experience in the procurement of electronics/mechanical items.
  • With good analytical skills and a proactive and result-oriented attitude.
  • With strong negotiation skills.
  • Who can work according to established processes and procedures.
  • With the attitude of a team player and good communication skills.

We offer

A work environment where you are part of a global company. Here you will work in independent teams where we are open to new initiatives and ideas from everyone. You will work in a dynamic environment that offers you the space to make quick steps, to grow, also through our Benchmark Academy and to get responsibility. These steps are possible within and outside your current job area. Within this environment, the work is not only challenging, but above all fun.

We offer excellent conditions in addition to an appropriate salary such as:

  • 27 vacation days and 13 ATV-days.
  • Flexible working hours. As long as you make sure your work gets done, there is a possibility within Benchmark to arrange your working hours in a flexible way.
  • Broad development opportunities. Within Benchmark there are numerous opportunities for development.
  • Entrepreneurship is seen, appreciated and stimulated.

Benchmark Almelo

Benchmark in Almelo is part of the multinational Benchmark Inc., a publicly traded company in the field of electronics manufacturing and providing services to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). At Benchmark you work for companies that make an impact with their innovations, we develop new products that improve safety, health or convenience. We deliver these products from product design to volume production and even directly to the end user. This entire process, from design to production, is performed entirely in Almelo. Currently Benchmark Inc. has 23 locations. In Almelo we have 500 employees.


Have you become interested in working for a fast-growing, internationally operating projects organization? Then apply immediately! Are you looking for more information? Please contact Manon Voskamp at

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