Strategic Purchaser

Ref. DH6211
Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding
Vlissingen (NL)
Werving & Selectie


For our business partner Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding we are currently recruiting a 

Strategic Purchaser



At Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, a company with an 140 year long history, the procurement department is responsible for the purchasing, acquisition of all components and systems necessary for the construction of naval vessels and other complex vessels. Managed from the Netherlands this expert center is a key player in realizing the desired quality of the ship and the profitability of the project. 

Functie omschrijving

The strategic purchaser develops, improves and ensures professional relationships with subcontractors and suppliers in (technical) categories. He or she initiates research and monitors and reports cost trends for the key commodities. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop professional relationships in the marketplace to understand industry changes which may impact the company’s business;
  • Monitor and report on cost trends for key commodities;
  • Ensure all supplier contracts are complete, properly executed and have considered all cost variables;
  • Research, qualify and evaluate on a project basis (Int.) national suppliers & sub-contractors;
  • Initiate market research and enhance supplier development to build up/maintain/ensure a suitable (strategic) supply base;
  • Drive improvement processes with (strategic) subcontractors and/or suppliers based upon supplier qualification and/or evaluation; 
  • Ensure supply contingency plans are in place in case key suppliers are unable to perform as required; 
  • Develop, initiate & maintain project related terms & conditions; 
  • Responsible for creating unambiguous processes / procedures / preconditions for the acquisition process (project-based and non-project-based); 
  • Leading a category team, define category strategies, implement and execute strategy (with relation to both strategic and non-strategic suppliers);
  • Define procurement budgets for P&P; 
  • Provide reliable information for budget and cost price calculations; 
  • Develop and maintaining quotation evaluations and key figures; 
  • Purchase products and materials and outsource activities (specifying, selecting, evaluating, contracting, contract mgt. and aftercare); 
  • Set up proposals for standardization, develop framework contracts and monitor and maintain them; 
  • Ensure all HSEQ policies and procedures are in place, understood, owned, maintained and followed to ensure a safe and healthy work environment.


  • A Bachelor or Masters degree, preferably in a technical direction such as mechanical engineering; 
  • Or a Bachelor or Masters degree in another field, but with a proven, strong technical affinity;
  • Minimum of 10 years of procurement experience; preferably in a technical environment; 
  • Good written and verbal command of English and preferably Dutch. If you don’t speak Dutch, you are willing to learn it;
  • Experience with complex projects and project management; 
  • Strong negotiation skills and assertiveness in combination with an independent, well-structured and hands-on mentality;
  • A team player; 
  • Ability to travel frequently. 


For more information about this position, please contact Lottie van Kelle via or +31 (0) 6 13969971.


You can apply for this position via the ‘Solliciteren’ button with reference number DH6211.

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