Expert Lead Buyer

Job Locations BE-WBR-Nivelles
Job Post Information* : Posted Date 9 months ago(11/10/2023 13:45)
Support Functions-Procurement & Supply Chain
Primary Location : Location

Job Description

We are looking for an Expert Lead Buyer (Nivelles).

In this function you ensure that the goods and services needed by the companies of Equans BeLux are provided in time, with the right quality, and in alignment with the business and procurement targets including Group strategy, while mitigating the risks, respecting the Group HSE, ethical and CSR principles and capturing innovation.

Your main focus will be on projects in the South of Belgium and Brussels. You will have to travel frequently in the south part of Belgium.

Main accountabilities:

  • mission, strategy & objectives setting:
    • contribute to the operationalization and implementation of the mission, strategy and objectives setting of Procurement BeLux
  • sourcing:
    • manage purchasing requests in line with purchasing policy and service levels (ensure competition where needed, negotiate, contracting,…)
    • mainly handle files >€1mln and/or critical files and/or high project complexity
    • understand and apply the strategic sourcing process (early involvement) in order to contribute maximally to the achievement of the sourcing objectives (efficient and effective sourcing of suppliers)
    • understand and know the categories and markets (industry, suppliers, contractors, innovations,…) and the internal needs (specifications, etc.) in order to translate the organizational needs in the most adequate sourcing strategy
    • negotiate business agreements and close deals in order to ensure maximum added value and to minimize risks
  • policies, processes, governance & organization:
    • apply the proper procurement policies and processes in order to achieve the goals set for the organization
    • communicate and apply Group and Equans BeLux procurement governance throughout the organization and towards internal and external stakeholders
  • methodology & tools:
    • apply procurement methodology and use procurement tools (supported by Procurement Excellence)
  • coaching:
    • coach other (lead) buyer profiles (where relevant/needed)
  • marketing:
    • support to increase the visibility of the procurement activity and organization (internal and external)
  • targets & savings:
    • work towards, follow-up and report on procurement savings targets in your scope
    • ensure that the savings are reported according to the required guidelines
    • contribute to delivery of business and procurement targets

Roles - next to the main accountabilities, perform (a selection of) roles within the Procurement organization:

  • Procurement Project Lead (PPL):
    • manage/coordinate the procurement support for the overall project (including coordinating other procurement contributors if applicable)
    • Procurement SPOC for the project for the internal client and other stakeholders
  • contract manager (CM):
    • manage contract lifecycle of existing contracts (contract renewal, contract optimization,…)
    • negotiate and manage new (recurrent) contracts
    • support other roles (PPL, SME,…) with contract management expertise and administration expertise
    • act as moderator in discussions between internal clients and suppliers
    • collaborate with other Procurement teams to ensure contract management in line with procurement governance (e.g. negotiate catalogs with supplier and inform analyst for upload)
  • Subject Matter Expert (SME):
    • develop and maintain expertise (market knowledge, innovations,…) in one or more procurement (sub)categories
    • support other roles (CM, PPL, CLB,…) where recommended with your (category) expertise
    • manage main negotiations in your domain
    • support category activities in line with Group requirements (activities are defined by Equans Group and aligned with Equans BeLux)
  • Global Category Lead Buyer (GCLB):
    • manage category in line with Group requirements
    • geographical scope is broader than BeLux
  • Supplier Relationship Manager (SRM):
    • apply the SRM governance to suppliers within your scope
    • manage supplier (relationship) reviews (where reviews are required)

You report to the Procurement Manager Projects South.


What do you need?

  • university master or equivalent by relevant experience
  • minimum >7 years’ experience in multi-technical domains. A lower seniority can be considered in case of a high potential profile
  • experience in leading large procurement projects
  • expert procurement skills and knowledge: negotiation, contracting, financial and cost management, contracts and purchase law
  • proficiency in procurement tools
  • proficiency in Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • good understanding of the business deployed in the operational entities
  • very good communication & influencing skills
  • autonomous, eager to learn, motivated and persistent personality is a must to fit in the existing team
  • proficiency in verbal and written in French (preferably first language) and English; Dutch is a plus

Want to tackle tomorrow’s multi-technical challenges with us?

Then join our experts in the various innovative and exciting projects of Equans. You get the opportunity to use your technical skills as well as to discover cutting-edge technologies and help customers in the 3 major transitions of today: the energy transition, the industrial transition and the digital transition.

Joining Equans is more than that! You also get:

  • a competitive salary in line with your education and experience
  • interesting training and career opportunities
  • group-, hospitalization insurance
  • eco & meal vouchers, representation allowance
  • concessionary travel, lease car (with fuel card)
  • smartphone with subscription, laptop, internet fee
  • additional paid leave, homeworking

We are looking forward to meeting you!


Are you interested in this position and do you have questions? Please contact our HR colleague Karine Paelinck - 0475 63 12 52



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