Buyer Capex @ Vandemoortele – Gent

Client description

Vandemoortele is a leading European food group that manufactures and sells high-quality food products. Vandemoortele has two business lines: one in frozen bakery products and one in margarines, culinary oils and fats.

In Bakery Products, Vandemoortele offers throughout Europe a wide range of frozen bread products, pastry, sweet treats, patisserie and savoury products for professional users in the bakery and foodservice channels as well as for retailers, who appreciate the quality and convenience of Vandemoortele’s products.In Margarines, Culinary Oils & Fats, Vandemoortele targets European professional users with a broad portfolio of products that combine processability, taste and flavour, as well as European retailers with private label margarines and frying fats. In addition, Vandemoortele has a number of strong consumer brands in the Benelux such as Vandemoortele®, Fama®, Vitelma®, Diamant® and Gouda’s Glorie®.

In 2021, Vandemoortele realized a turnover of ca 1,2 billion euro. The Group is present in 12 European countries with 4.500 employees. The Vandemoortele headquarters are in Ghent, Belgium.

To strengthen the procurement  department, we are looking for a capex buyer.

Job description

As Capex and Technical Buyer, you will work within the indirect procurement team, where you are responsible to manage your categories: develop a purchasing strategy and group contracts for your areas of responsibility. Together with your internal stakeholders, you will build a project planning to realize improvement targets for goods and services in collaboration with your Purchasing Manager Indirect Spend: optimization of specifications, value creation, process and flow improvements, innovation, sustainability improvements …

  • Develop and implement a purchasing strategy for your categories of goods and services together with your stakeholders.
  • Build Supplier Relationship Management and collaborate closely with your key suppliers to bring innovation, sustainability improvements and value creation into Vandemoortele
  • Apply strategic sourcing process to negotiate, write and implement group contracts
  • Build cross-functional teams to understand the stakeholder’s requirements, opportunities for improvement and standardization within the Vandemoortele Group
  • Develop strong stakeholders’ relationships to assure a good collaboration and build bridges between your diverse internal stakeholders
  • Identify opportunities and make a project plan to achieve KPI’s, value creation and lifetime cost improvements
  • Reporting and follow-up of KPI’s
  • Act as a centre of expertise of professional purchasing for your categories within the Vandemoortele Group
  • Strive to make your portfolio future proof in a more sustainable way and you actively support the sustainability strategy and processes of the company
  • Report to the Purchasing Manager Indirect Spend
  • 80% focus on production lines / machinery – 20% focus on construction/renovation.


  • You hold a Master degree in (business) engineering
  • You have several years of relevant experience in purchasing and/or project management.
  • You have well-developed analytical, conceptual and synthetic skills
  • You have excellent negotiating skills and you have affinity with legal contracts and liability
  • You are ambitious, energetic, driven and open to receive and give challenges. Your drive and enthusiasm will motivate you to go the extra mile in engaging others
  • You are stress resistant, pragmatic, problem-solving (thinking out of the box) and you take initiatives.
  • You can work independently
  • You have excellent communication and persuasion skills which enable you to motivate, drive and engage your internal and external stakeholders
  • You are fluent in English and French
  • You are willing to travel 10-30% of your time


Vandemoortele will offer you challenging work at their HQ based in Ghent in an international company having a dynamic, driven and ambitious culture and a collegial atmosphere.
You will get all chances to grow within a people oriented and value driven environment, where cooperation, respect and ambition are key.

You will receive an attractive salary and will enjoy all fitting extralegal advantages.


 Nick Vermeulen | | 0032 491 13 35 79