Operational Buyer

Date:  12-Oct-2021
Posting End Date: 

Amsterdam, NL, 1062 KR

Company:  ICL Europe Cooperatief U.A.

Global Operational Buyer – Indirect Contractors and Energy


ICL European HQ is the home of our Global Procurement Organization (GPO). ICL’s global sourcing strategies, negotiations and approvals of our global procurement contracts are steered and made in this office. For our CAPEX and Indirect Contractors Category we are looking for a Sourcing Manager that has a strong experience in creating sourcing strategies while having a pragmatic approach. We are a leading global specialty minerals company that creates impactful solutions for humanity’s sustainability challenges in the global food, agriculture, and industrial markets.


About the role


In this role you will actively participate in the Technical Contractors sourcing activities with the goal of achieving cost reductions, while maintaining or improving quality or vendor service levels. You will work closely together with the Global Sourcing Managers who are responsible for the global sourcing strategy for a specific subcategory. Your focus will be split across long term projects such as assisting in preparing and coordinating bids as well as operational activities such as monitoring the purchasing process and negotiate with suppliers. 


As Global Operational Buyer, you have a key role in our organization. You will interact with sites, suppliers and colleagues from all over the globe on a day-to-day basis. This position would be great for procurement career.  

Your goal will be to lead procurement of indirect services, strategic sourcing activities within the Contractors and Energy sub-category including Projects and MRO. A big part of the scope is for our locations in Germany and Israel. You will be working in a team of Sourcing Managers and Operational Buyers in this category. You will report to the Head of Indirect Contractors and Energy.


Main responsibilities: 


  • Operation activities of Electricity and Natural gas purchasing for ICL Site locations;
  • Actively participate in the sourcing activities for the global Contractors & Utility subcategory with the goal of achieving cost reductions, while maintaining or improving quality or vendor service levels;
  • Combine the role of Operational Buyer (main focus) and partly the role of Sourcing Manager (secondary focus);
  • Monitor the Energy markets – Electricity and Gas;
  • Carry out analysis of the data for better decision-making process;
  • Maintain procurement documents, files and records, Invoice verifications;
  • Assist sourcing managers in tabulating bids and preparing proposals, and provide general office support;
  • In charge of the operational / administrative part of the sourcing process;
  • Issue purchase orders/call-offs;
  • Follow up on orders to ensure that items are shipped and delivered on time;
  • Address & solve issues during the sourcing process;
  • Analyze processes and share learnings within the organization;
  • Negotiate with local suppliers of services;
  • Assist the Global Sourcing Managers in preparing and coordinating bids, provide them with relevant information;
  • Review, prepare, verify and/or approve financial and business transactions within established frameworks and guidelines.

About you 

To be successful in this role you have a Bachelor or Master’s degree in a relevant field like Engineering or similar with the right amount of relevant procurement experience and drive that is needed to bring high quality procurement to this role.  

In addition you bring the following: 

  • Capabilities of assessing category spend base and project management. 
  • Experience in working in an international environment and leading cross-function teams. 
  • Understanding of contractors and Capex supply markets. 
  • Strong negotiation skills and result driven personality. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, business acumen, communication, and supplier relations skills. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively and in a matrix management style organization.



Excellent command of English is required. Additional language skills such as Dutch, Spanish, German, is a great benefit.


Location: Currently we are working from the office 3 days a week but in the future, you will work from our EU HQ in Amsterdam, The Netherlands with a possibility to work from home. 


Apply now!

Are you the procurement professional ready to take on our Indirect Contractors category? We’d love to see your application! Click on "Apply now" button and upload your resume online. We can only accept applications through our online process. 


If you have any questions, please contact Magda Majljan, Talent Acquisition Specialist Europe via magda.majljan@icl-group.com

About ICL

ICL is a global specialty minerals and chemicals company operating potash, bromine and phosphate mineral value chains in a unique, integrated business model. ICL extracts raw materials from well-positioned mineral assets and utilizes technology and industrial know-how to add value for customers in key agricultural and industrial markets worldwide. ICL employs around 12.000 people worldwide and is active in many European countries. The European Headquarters are located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


For more information, visit the company's global website www.icl-group.com or visit www.icl-group.nl to find out more about ICL’s activities in The Netherlands and Belgium.