Strategic Buyer - Trilingual

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Strategic Buyer - Senior
Location: Brussels (remote during COVID)
Start ASAP
Contract until July initially, extensions expected
Trilingual - English, French & Dutch

Leads the sourcing process for new strategic needs of the companies (Operators) - eg sourcing of products and services for defined strategic projects/strategic vendors, in alignment with the interest of Operators, to obtain a competitive advantage considering the global business case and the total lifetime value, working under defined policies and procedures.

Key responsibility areas
* Responsible to lead the sourcing process for high value-high complexity, multi years, multi commodity projects, requiring Stakeholders alignment and validation at the highest level and partnering with Strategical vendors for core areas of our business (eg network, with BC at Executive level)
* Develops the strategic approaches for complex and international procurement initiatives/supplier business: organisation of the process, definition the appropriate specific sourcing techniques, business case definition, stakeholders alignment, negotiation, contractualization
* Analyses, controls and validates the high complex circumstances, eg optimisation potentials for demands and specifications (Demand Shaping)
* Scans the market to keep abreast of technological and market changes, which can also result in opportunities to reduce TCO and implements best practice
* Prepares and executes the needed complex negotiations
* Controls the claim management (escalation instance) in case of quality, logistic and quantity problems
* Creates master frame agreements/single contracts with the main suppliers in cross functional and/or multi-national teams
* Works in cross functional and multi-national teams with the responsibility for tenders, negotiations and contract closures in close alignment with the internal clients, requiring Stakeholders alignment at the highest level.
* Aligns with stakeholders (internal clients, Operators Executives, Buyin upon the case) to prepare and submit the Investment Committee file that allows to get Executive committee validation on spend and vendors selection
* Oversees the performance of the current partnerships and ensures that regular business reviews are organised and participates actively to it
* Builds a strong relationship with internal and external stakeholders based on honesty, credibility and mutual trust, and ensures the effective flow of communication
* Ensures the compliancy with purchasing processes, contracts, and internal procedures and working methods
* Stays up to date with technological market innovations, evolution and new trends and related vendors landscape.

Specific expertise
* Sourcing techniques
* Sourcing strategic thinking
* Commodity Expertise
* Negotiation techniques and skills
* Organisational awareness
* Project Management awareness
* Knowledge of Finance (Business case, reporting, budgeting..)
* Knowledge of legal and contractual aspects
* Performance management knowledge
* Presentation skills (orally demonstrating and convincing investment objectives)

Education, specific training and experience
* University degree in Applied Economics or Commercial Engineer similar experience
* Strategic Purchasing Expertise (5-7 years)
* Strong management of sourcing operational aspects
* Relevant experience in the defined P&S (3-5 years)

Interpersonal skills
* Strong emotional intelligence
* Results oriented
* Autonomy and anticipation
* Strong organisation skills, good knowledge of planning and methods
* Analytic and synthetic skills
* Pragmatic attitude and problem solving
* Communication (listen and respond), Influencing, conflict management skills
* Customer-oriented
* Change management

* Fluency in Dutch, French and English

Additional info:
* We need an experienced Buyer with a strong RAN background (very strong asset).
* Soft skills are very important too regarding the context at client: complex and challenging environment. Excellent communication & negotiation skills. Stress resistance. Being able to communicate with Parent companies, with senior technical profiles. Being able to convince, sell his/her proposals.

LA International Computer Consultants Ltd is an HMG Approved Consultancy and operates as an IT & Engineering Consultancy or as an Employment Business & Agency, depending upon the precise nature of the work, for security cleared jobs or non-clearance vacancies, we welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people with diverse experience and backgrounds.

Award Winning LA International Computer Consultants Ltd (Recruiter Awards for Excellence - Best IT, Best Public Sector & Gold Awards) and the most prestigious award that any business can receive The Queens Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2015.