Strategic Buyer @ 3D Systems – Leuven

Client description

3D Systems Belgium, formerly LayerWise, is a dynamic and leading enterprise, specialized in 3D Printing of metal components. 3D Systems Belgium is part of the international company 3D Systems.

3D Systems is a renowned developer of 3D-printers and a contract manufacturer of 3D printed parts. The synergy of both activities makes us a strong innovation partner for customers in the industrial and healthcare sector.

We believe in a culture of open communication, supporting each other and the value of trust & respect for the individual.

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

Job description

As a team member of Advanced Manufacturing organization, the Strategic Buyer will be responsible for ensuring adequate sourcing to produce 3D printed parts in our Leuven site. The Strategic Buyer will work with suppliers and internal stakeholders to optimize the supplier base for both indirect and direct spend. The Strategic buyer will report to the Supply Chain Manager.


  • Source potential new suppliers by evaluating commercial, technical and supply chain capabilities in support to the NPI engineering team
  • Issue RFQ’s, follow up and analyze offers
  • Negotiate with existing and new suppliers to secure advantageous terms and initiate supplier 
agreements for critical indirect and direct spend
  • Develop a solid purchasing strategy for the large and critical spend groups such as post 
processing subcontracted services
  • Lead resourcing projects and identify make/buy projects
  • Actively work on cost saving initiatives by performing spend analysis, define a sourcing strategy 
for the large and critical spend groups such as post processing subcontracted services
  • Develop existing supplier relationships to create partnerships and work on opportunities
  • Lead and improve the quarterly supplier performance review process, establishing performance 
goals consistent with the business strategy
  • Work closely with QA engineers on supplier quality performance and with suppliers to resolve 
  • Drive continuous improvement projects where necessary within procurement, liaise with 
pertinent support functions/stakeholders to finetune and develop business processes where 
  • Support PTP buyers where needed, including serving as a back-up when needed


  • You hold a minimum of 7 years of demonstrated and succesful procurement experience.
  • Minimum Bachelor degree in Business or Engineering or Supply Chain
  • Advanced experience with MS Office is required; knowledge of Oracle is a plus
  • Hands on (dynamic/flexible), well organized, structured, speed of execution, critical, taking initiatives
  • Strong verbal and formal communication skills, assertive to build network with internal stakeholders
  • Ability to define problems, hypothesize, collect appropriate data and draw valid conclusions
  • Willingness to visit suppliers on site for follow up and to gain production process expertise


  • 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