Position: Associate

Job type: Full-time

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SABIC Procurement’s ambition is aligned with SABIC’s global strategy and focuses on growth and innovation. The global challenge for procurement within SABIC is to secure uninterrupted supply of goods, materials and services to our businesses, while creating value for the business. Value created by improving total cost of ownership, leveraging buys on local, regional and global scale and by reducing procurement costs. Reducing the Procurement costs by standardizing and optimizing the procurement working processes.

Local Procurement is part of the Global Procurement Organization that is reporting into the Global Corporate Shared Services organization. As a part of the Procurement organization, the Site Procurement Team manages best in class operational processes and maximizes value for money in purchasing and managing materials & services by exploiting economies of scale and maintaining the same high performance and service level for all customers. The vacancy Operational Buyer hierarchically will report to the Operation Manager BOZ.


The Operational Buyer will be preferably located in Bergen op Zoom and serves as a procurement business partner. Capturing requirements, identifying opportunities, intensive co-operation with the internal customers and Procurement colleagues delivering value, in an efficient manner and fully compliant with SABIC Procurement Policy is of utmost importance.

  • Ensure the availability of goods and services as required
  • Achieve this result at the lowest possible cost
  • Procure local buys on time
  • Achieve this result at the lowest possible cost by challenging in-company demands, policies and practices and reaching optimal and commercial conditions (suppliers)
  • Ensure the availability of goods and services as required (in time, in place, according to specifications and accompanied by necessary certificates) so that manufacturing processes (production, maintenance, projects) can be executed as planned: without stress and the risk of huge losses due to interruptions and delays (Expediting)
  • Support and coordinate material quality inspection
  • Support on deviation additional work
  • Ensure on time payment suppliers
  • Continuously improve the Purchase to Pay process
  • Deliver a compliant procurement dossier
  • Responsible for value creation
  • Ensure compliance to regional legislation (i.e. Reach), global standards, requirements, policies and procedures including EHS
  • Support on complaint handling / claim
  • Support on supplier evaluation
  • Share knowledge of procurement processes and policies with the internal organization (stakeholders)


  • Senior secondary vocational education with an enhanced curriculum / higher professional education (MBO+ / HBO)
  • Operational purchasing experience and preferably procurement specific education in the mentioned field (e.g. NEVI 1)
  • Several years of experience in operational procurement, supply chain or technical position in a process plant
  • A minimum of 2 years working experience with internal customer base.
  • Familiarity with manufacturing and materials, preferably a technical background
  • Proven negotiation and analytical skills
  • Team player
  • Flexible in picking up extra works and taking the extra step if needed.
  • Steady & robust personality, able to work successful on a Global scale within Shared Services, in a technical environment with turnaround managers, project managers and other stakeholders
  • Proven execution and delivering results capabilities
  • Proven communication & interpersonal competences resulting in best team results.
  • Administrative affinity and knowledge SAP-MM, including accuracy
  • Fluent in English and Dutch, verbal and writing
  • ICT Knowledge: Office systems. (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
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