Project Buyer @ 3D Systems – Leuven

Client description

3D Systems Leuven, formerly LayerWise, is a dynamic and leading enterprise specialized in 3D Printing of metal components. 3D Systems Leuven is not only a technology developer but also a technology user. This makes us a strong innovation partner for clients in the industrial, medical and dental sector.

With this technology we build up material in layers using a high intensity laser until it becomes a solid product. Unlike conventional production techniques this one does not render any material loss, nor does it require any tooling. It does however, enable the designers to manufacture very complex geometries which are not producible using the traditional techniques.

To reinforce their procurement team, 3D systems is looking for a project buyer.

Job description

The Project Buyer works within the Procurement/Purchasing department and is responsible and accountable for the smooth launch of externally purchased components. He/she will operate seamlessly within the organization to drive results and establish a quality based culture. He/she will lead, manage and guide assigned aspects of the company’s continuous improvement journey to improve its products, services and processes. Products include 3D printers, stereo lithography systems, selective laser sintering machines and all associated materials.

  • Represent Procurement in cross-functional new product teams through all phases of the new product cycle
  • Report out on regular basis: status versus program milestones and highlights
  • Close monitoring of on-time supplier readiness, on site if needed: supplier selection in 
alignment with the commodity strategies, validated components (PPAP) and sufficient capacity
  • Ensure timely issuance of orders and follow up with suppliers
  • Work towards achievement of the targeted cost through negotiating; motivate suppliers to 
come with value added/value engineering opportunities and drive the approval internally
  • Identify criticalities and work out a plan with the supplier to resolve; escalate when required
  • Communicate statement of work and revision changes to the supply base and follow up
  • Conduct supplier audits, monitor and evaluate supplier performance
  • Become a commodity expert through on-the-job learning
  • Understand total cost build and implement cost reductions
  • Guide commodity strategies and supply base optimization
  • Formalize agreements by use of 3DS standard contracts
  • Partner with engineering / R&D to optimally approach the market &


  • Strong experience in a technical or procurement function
  • Master in Engineering or technical profile through experience
  • Hands on (dynamic/flexible), well organized, structured thinking/working, critical, taking 
  • Strong verbal and formal communication skills, assertive to build network with internal 
  • Commercial flair
  • MS Office (Excel, Word, Project, PowerPoint) and Oracle (asset)
  • Travel 20% of working time (mainly Benelux)


  • You will have your place at a fast growing global company with exciting 3D-technology.
  • You will be handed daily new challenges in a young and dynamic environment. Never a dull day!
  • You will be offered a competitive salary topped with fringe benefits.
  • You get a role that will put you in the driver seat to change and help grow the company.


Nick Vermeulen | | 0032 491 13 35 79