Category Manager Goods & Services @ Puratos – Groot-Bijgaarden

Locatie: Groot-Bijgaarden
Type: Permanent
Sector: Food & Beverage


Client description
Puratos is a leading B2B – international player, making the difference every single day by developing, producing and distributing a unique and high-quality range of ingredients for bakers, pastry-chefs and chocolatiers.

The secret behind Puratos’ global success and consistent growth are taste and quality. Their products and services are available in more than 100 countries around the world. Passion for innovation, understanding their customers and their core values form the basis of their passion to improve.

We are looking for a strongly skilled and heavily passioned purchasing professional to join as purchasing manager for Belgium. You will be joining an enthusiastic, committed and passionate team of more than 9000 employees in a Belgian & Spanish-owned family business.

 Job description

  • You will responsible for the purchasing of all indirect goods & services in Belgium with an estimated spend of 100 million euro per year. Categories include: production & facilities, HR, quality expenses, R&D, marketing & sales, energy, external warehouse,…
  • Fleet (+/-500 cars), waste streams and travel (+/- 3000 business trips/year) are a focal point.
  • You are responsible for developing and implementing sourcing strategies, contract management and supplier development.
  • You will act as a center of competence and transfer best practices for the purchasing of indirect goods and services outside of Belgium.
  • You will establish a network of contacts and work closely together with department heads to make sure that the purchasing strategies are accepted and implemented.
  • You challenge your stakeholders where needed but most of all create added value while improving purchasing maturity and efficiency.
  • You will make sure business requirements are met, cost efficiency and optimal market presence is guaranteed.
  • You take the lead over a portfolio of about 3000 suppliers, you will take up the challenge to reduce/consolidate the supplier base.
  • You make your contribution in building procurement intelligence and hold a critical eye for process improvement.
  • You will manage a team of 2 people.


  • You hold a Master degree topped with relevant business experience.
  • You know your way around P2P and have a good feel for data analysis.
  • You show a strong affinity for legal, you negotiate in a correct but tough manor and invest in a strong contract management.
  • You at least show 4 years of experience in a similar role.
  • You are detail oriented, organized and able to function effectively and productively in an extremely fast-paced enviroment.
  • You know how to prioritize in order to consistently meet deadlines.
  • You get energy out of change, you relish the opportunity to re-build and re-engineer towards the most ideal outcome possible.
  • You are able to challenge the status-quo.
  • You have strong networking skills (internally & externally)
  • You speak dutch, french and english fluently.


  • You will join a fast-growing, stable family business that has become an international market leader with a corporate culture in which innovation and entrepreneurship are part of the main priorities.
  • You will benefit from a great deal of freedom in your work, with plenty of room for initiative.
  • You will be active in a great work enivorment with plenty of challenges, room for ownership and personal growth.
  • You will immediately sense the good athmosphere and people orientation that reigns at Puratos.
  • You will be able to operate within an environment that heavily puts focus on sustainability (C02 neutral & waste stream optimization).
  • You will be awarded with an attractive salary package, topped with fringe benefits.


 Nick Vermeulen | | 0032 491 13 35 79


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