Buyer Indirect Spend @ Vandemoortele

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 buyer indirect spend

Job description

As Buyer Indirect Spend, you are responsible to manage your spend: develop a purchasing strategy and group contracts for your categories. 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…

  • Develop and implement a purchasing strategy for your categories of goods and services
  • Apply strategic sourcing process to negotiate, write and implement group contracts
  • Build Supplier Relationship Management for your key suppliers
  • Assure contract management, roll-out and follow-up
  • Build cross-functional teams to understand the stakeholder’s requirements and opportunities for improvement and standardization within the Vandemoortele Group
  • Business Partner : Develop strong stakeholders’ relationships to assure a good collaboration and effective roll-out and build bridges between your diverse internal stakeholders
  • Project management : Identify opportunities and make a project timing to achieve KPI’s and value creation based on spend analysis and priorities with your stakeholders and your manager
  • Reporting and follow-up of KPI’s
  • Play an active role in the development and the roll-out of digitalization of procurement within the Vandemoortele Group
  • Act as a center 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
  • indirect categories : Logistics and supply chain or technical and sustainability projects and capex.


  • You hold a Master degree (economics, engineering, business engineer)
  • You have several years of relevant experience in purchasing and/or project management.
  • You have well-developed analytical, conceptual and synthetic skills
  • 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
  • Your excellent communication and persuasion skills enable you to motivate, drive and engage your internal and external stakeholders
  • You have excellent negotiating skills.
  • You are fluent in English and French
  • You are willing to travel 10%-20% of your time


Vandemoortele will offer you challenging work at our 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