Junior Strategic Buyer @ Wynns (ITW) – Sint-Niklaas

Client description

ITW is a fortune 200 global multi-industrial manufacturing company with revenues totaling $14.8 billion in 2019. The company’s seven industry-leading segments leverage the unique ITW Business Model to drive solid growth with best-in-class margins and returns in markets where highly innovative, customer-focused solutions are required. ITW has approximately 48,000 dedicated colleagues in operations around the world who thrive in the company’s unique, decentralized and entrepreneurial culture.

Additives International, one of 80+ business units owned by of ITW, manufactures and supplies specialty and innovative chemicals for the automotive aftermarket. Additives International manufacture products in Spain and Belgium, and commercialize around the globe serving markets in Europe, Middle East, Russia, Asia and Africa.

Job description

Reporting to the Supply Chain Manager, the Buyer is responsible for all procurement activities (10-12M: raw materials, auxiliaries, traded goods) to ensure smooth running of the operations in Sint-Niklaas:

  • Procuring:
  • Negotiate with new or existing suppliers to establish competitive contracts and agreements, using market feedback and the defined strategy for sourcing.
  • Purchase items for production plan in accordance with the production schedule, which seek to optimize inventory costs. Ensure delivery schedules meet production requirements.
  • Purchase finished goods from outside suppliers in accordance with Market Rate of Demand (MRD) requirements and customer orders required dates.
  • Be observant and knowledgeable of new processes and products that may reduce costs.
  • Confirm supplier delivery dates for purchasing material and expedite orders when necessary.
  • Generate and issue reports to other groups to advise of deviations in delivery dates and other changes to plan. Inform involved departments of changes in delivery status, market conditions, quality problems and cost fluctuations.
  • Access and input revisions (e.g., quantity, ship date) in order to update MRD reports.
  • Review reports and other documentation to ensure the accuracy of reported inventory levels.
  • Perform value analysis.
  • Ensure responsibility for sourcing year over year cost savings
  • Planning:
  • Prepare MRD planning based on business performance and to ensure a timely production schedule. Reviews requirements daily.
  • Act within the scope of the Master Schedule Policy and ensures that all deviations and problems affecting schedule attainment or policy deviation are properly communicated.
  • Coordinate with the rest of the team on issues regarding art changes, inventory phase cuts and new product introductions.


  • BA/BS in Business Management or related area required
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills required.
  • You express yourself fluently in Dutch and English, French is a plus.
  • Strong analytical, communication and negotiation skills needed.
  • Commercial & adaptive mindset, challenging the status-quo, change driver.
  • Proficiency in spreadsheet and database applications, general word processing, and MS Outlook capability.
  • Familiarity with production applications and process required.
  • Up to 10% Travel.


  • A great work-experience: broad scope with high level of autonomy. Open leadership – great team.
  • A people oriented organization: non-centralized organization which guarantees autonomy and room for initiative.
  • Multinational Ft. SME: Financial backbone of a multinational (ITW), feel of an SME (40 people in Sint Niklaas, 200 for Wynns automotive aftermarket). Growth perspectives within ITW-group – active focus from HR regarding this topic.


 Nick Vermeulen | nick@purson.be | 0032 491 13 35 79