Buyer Warehousing & distribution @ 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 buyer indirect spend

Job description

As Supply Chain Buyer, you are responsible to manage the spend for your categories: building trustful relationships with your internal stakeholders, identify opportunities for improvement projects, developing a purchasing strategy and negotiating group contracts. 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 and automation, sustainability projects, …

  • Develop and implement a strategy for your categories of goods and services, which are mainly warehousing (chilled & frozen), logistics (not inbound // added value logistic services) and 3PL
  • 4 geographical regions to focus on: France – Rest of Europe – Italy & Poland.
  • Follow up on market trends / movements. I.e. newly built warehouses, logistic offerings, …
  • 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
  • Develop strong stakeholders’ relationships to assure a good collaboration and effective roll-out and build bridges between your diverse internal stakeholders
  • 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 and share updated market information
  • You report to the Purchasing Manager Indirect Spend


  • You hold a Master degree, preferably combined with a first relevant experience in purchasing, supply chain, logistics or project management
  • You have well-developed analytical, conceptual and synthetic skills
  • You have pragmatic and dynamic personality and a problem-solving attitude
  • You are flexible, proactive, stress resistant and result oriented
  • You are able to work independently
  • You are eager to learn and to further grow within the organization
  • You have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, written and verbal, in English and French
  • You are willing to travel within Europe (10%-20% – short trips)
  • You possess a good legal knowledge and can draft contracts in a fashionable way


  • A great work-experience: We offer you challenging work with a great purpose in an international company having a dynamic, driven and ambitious culture and a collegial atmosphere
  • A people oriented organization: you will have flexible working hours and the opportunity to work from home 50% of the time You are  also invited to join sports and wellbeing activities!
  • Easy to reach: the HQ is located close to a bus stop and highway exits. Want to come by bike? You can lease a bike as well!
  • Lots of tasty food: You can kickstart your day with a delicious croissant fresh out of the oven and enjoy tasty food in the company restaurant. In cosy coffee corners you will find healthy fruit baskets to enjoy your break to the fullest.
  • Innovation: ongoing investment projects – focus on product development &  sustainability.
  • Visibility: a category with massive exposure to senior management and direct impact on the company’s results.


 Nick Vermeulen | | 0032 491 13 35 79