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Procurement Specialist

De functie

Working as part of a team of procurement professionals the successful candidate will be responsible for a broad range of spend categories, generally at below OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union, previously called OJEC - the Official Journal of the European Community) threshold values. Ensuring colleagues in Cambridge and Amsterdam comply with internal procurement regulations, either by directly undertaking procurements or providing support to colleagues undertaking simple procurements, the candidate will review all purchase orders with the support of the Procurement Contracts Administrator.

Spend analysis may identify opportunities for the Purchasing Manager to pro-actively implement procurement strategies for goods and services used in support of Client’s activities. From corporate insurance, business travel, contingent resource to IT equipment, the Purchasing Manager should be familiar with EC Directive 2014/24 and be able to identify optimum procurement solutions.

This role will be responsible for signing off on all purchase order spend to make sure it complies with the company procurement regulations. PO spend is lower value one off in nature across a broad range of areas. Sometimes there will be just compliance checks, other times extra diligence may be applied to review terms and conditions. Examples may range for the ubiquitous stationery, office fruit to simple one-off purchases.

On top of this there is expected to be more mid-term work which will look at more complex spend, but still below OJEU threshold, e.g. general IT supplies. Three quotes or routing via relevant frameworks here is the modus operandi.

Then there will the odd longer term projects, which may be over threshold. Ones known to date are: Insurance, travel, consultancy.

Support to rationalise templates/policies/training etc will fall to this candidate. As well as spend analysis.


  • Review of all purchase orders to ensure conformance to internal procurement regulations;
  • Conduct procurement activities, expected to be sub OJEU threshold in the main, or exploiting frameworks where available, although some OJEU tenders may be required;
  • Line management of Procurement Contracts Administrator;
  • Contribute to evolution of procurement policies, toolkits and templates;
  • Provide procurement training and guidance to staff;
  • To evaluate and approach procurement tasks from a client perspective as well as a procurement perspective;
  • Regular spend analysis and development/delivery of procurement initiatives to address opportunities arriving from this.

In addition, you will carry out such other duties as may reasonably be required.

You may occasionally be required to travel in this role.

De organisatie

Our client offers a blazing-fast, cutting-edge network that connects scientists, researchers and academics across Europe and the world. Thanks to our terabit network, 50 million researchers, scientists, academics and students can share record volumes of data unconstrained by location, solving some of mankind’s biggest challenges. To work at this employer you’ll be supporting critical research into sustainable energy, deep space, high-energy physics, earth observation, environmental disasters, medicine and more!

Jouw profiel

We are looking for someone who enjoys working in an open and collaborative manner in not for profit sectors.


  • You are living in the Netherlands or UK (Cambridge area), and you have a valid (indefinite) workpermit. (No relocation is offered!!);
  • Educated to at least degree level;
  • English language (CEF, B2 level or above);
  • Extensive experience in carrying out procurement within an organisation who was subject to a Member State implementation of EC Directive 2014/24;
  • Broad range of category experience;
  • IT skills (Microsoft Office/e-purchasing/ERP systems) Excel and Box plus Negometrix e-procurement;

What personal skills and attributes are needed for success in this role?

  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and change in an effective manner;
  • Enjoys overcoming challenges and finding solutions;
  • A mindset of continuous learning and growth;
  • Passionate, open and collaborative approach toward work;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Commercially aware;
  • Self-managing.

Het aanbod

  • Working location: Either Amsterdam or Cambridge (depends where you live).
  • This is a permanent and full-time role. If you are working from the Amsterdam Office: You will be offered a 1-year definite contract, with the possibility of becoming indefinite thereafter.
  • Annual salary: € 60K-70K (£45-60K) including allowances and a 5% end of year bonus/allowance as standard.  They also invest heavily in learning to help our people become the best at what they do.
  • Where services allow, they offer flexible working (around core business hours) and the opportunity to work from home on an occasional basis.

How to apply:

Please apply before closing date with a full English resume attached, including your contact information (phone and e-mail) and a extended cover letter. For more information please contact Peggy Kooper +31 6 29 53 71 53 or e-mail

Recruitment process: 1 phone interview with our client, 2 interviews at our client's office (Amsterdam)

Please note: closing date: March 4 2019.

Reference number: 2327.

Meer informatie

Neem voor meer informatie contact op met:
Exact personeelsintermediair Den Haag
Peggy Kooper
Recruitment Consultant

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