Eastman Direct Procurement Buyer in Middelburg, Netherlands

Do you like managing and controlling vendors and do you enjoy connecting the internal and external world? Do you have a strong administrative background and are you looking for career excitement in an environment where you can influence your own development? Welcome to Eastman Chemical Company… This is a work environment where a job title is not considered the final definition of who you are, but the starting point from where you can pursue your interests across functions and geographies.

This is Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Our market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2016 revenues of approximately $9 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 15,000 people around the world.

The role

As a Direct Procurement Buyer for our manufacturing site in Middelburg you are responsible for implementing and executing procurement plans and strategies and for negotiation and tactical execution of individual purchases, agreements and contracts for assigned materials. You are the primary contact for our suppliers and you are able to exercise a high degree of independent judgement when aligning external suppliers to our internal operation. As first point of contact you will manage internal inquiries, complaints and service level issues and address these to our suppliers. By monitoring and obtaining market trends and dynamics, you are also a source of competitive intelligence and valuable market insights. Because the product and supplier portfolio is diverse and complex, your priorities will change daily.

This is who you are

As Direct Procurement Buyer, you are open minded, stress resistant, commercially driven, proactive, a problem solver and a self-starter. Because of the complex environment, you accept challenges, can collaborate with multiple disciplines, can influence without authority, have strong organizational skills and you have a high degree of accuracy while trying to embrace this complexity.

This is what you bring

  • Education on bachelor level

  • You are ready for your second or third step in your career

  • Computer skills: preferably experience with SAP and moderate proficiency level for MS office applications such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

  • High degree of verbal and written communication skills in Dutch and English

This is what we offer

Our spirit of innovation and collaboration along with our diversified business line creating challenges and opportunities for growth is what makes Eastman a great place to build a career. Here you can find opportunities to grow professionally, competitive salaries, outstanding benefits and a global work environment.

Eastman is committed to creating a powerfully diverse workforce and a broadly inclusive workplace, where everyone can contribute to their fullest potential each day.


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