Head of Purchase Department

Job description

Who we are:

EVBox is the leading global manufacturer of electric vehicle charging stations and charging management software. With an installed base of over 60,000 charging points including 700 fast charging points in 45 countries, EVBox drives sustainable mobility, by bringing the leading electric vehicle charging solutions to the world. Just like the automobile replaced the horse and carriage, so will electric vehicles replace combustion-based automobiles. A charging point at every parking spot, an Electric Vehicle for every driver.


As Head of Purchase Department you will be responsible for sourcing goods, services & equipment and you'll be also managing vendors. You'll be performing strategic procurement activities across multiple categories, searching for better deals and finding more profitable suppliers.

You'll be responsible for building and implementing a world class purchase strategy across the enterprise to improve customer satisfaction, profitability, inventory turns and working capital.

In addition, you'll be developing, leading and executing purchasing strategies world wide. 


Responsibilities:

Leadership

  • Lead the establishment and execution of the global purchase activities & process for the entire EVB company
  • Execute all facets of the purchase processes to provide an optimum purchase level in cost and services and working capital performance as defined by the organisation’s business operating plans and strategic objectives
  • Track and report key functional metrics (KPIs ) to reduce expenses and improve effectiveness
  • Craft negotiation strategies and close deals with optimal terms
  • Partner with stakeholders to ensure clear requirements documentation
  • Forecast price and market trends to identify changes of balance in buyer-supplier power
  • Perform cost and scenario analysis and benchmarking
  • Assess, manage and mitigate purchase risks
  • Seek and partner with reliable vendors and suppliers (dual sourcing strategy)
  • Determine quantity and timing of deliveries
  • Monitor and forecast upcoming levels of demand
  • Collaborate with different departments such as product management, marketing, sales, engineering, support, supply chain, logistics and finance to ensure that the appropriate data is available and accurate to be reviewed    
  • As integral part of company’s key business process systems’ selection, implementation and execution; document and share “best practice” methods, processes and ideas across the business Purchase chain to drive continues improvements in all aspects of business operations
  • Lead corporate initiatives aimed at improving current business processes

Process Optimisation

  • Recommend and maintain optimal inventory levels at various stages in the supply chain in order to achieve customer satisfaction
  • Partner with operations and engineering to ensure the demand consensus process delivers an agreed upon workable volume (mid- and long term); ensure gaps and overlaps are addressed, scenarios are complete and issues appropriately escalated to meet business objectives based on KPI s
  • Ensure smooth transition of NPI Supply from Engineering/Product Management to Mass Production
  • Analyse supply and demand issues and facilitate resolution throughout the supply chain
  • Assist in quantifying and defining scope for capacity, resource, logistics and supply chain
  • Provide demand planning input and forecast to business partners
  • Evaluate supplier delivery performance and capability, building into the S&OP process risk mitigating approaches to manage suppler performance variation
  • Negotiate contracts with key suppliers and secure 1st and 2nd source supply
  • Manage links between systems for forecasting, master production scheduling, inventory management and product development utilising various systems such as Exact, Salesforce and Excel
  • Work to reduce the cost of sales and operations planning, recommending improvements to procedures, contracts and agreement

Requirements

Qualifications

  • 5 – 7 years of experience in Supply Chain Operations; purchasing, logistics, production planning within a high-volume environment
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Purchase, Engineering, Manufacturing or Supply Chain/Business relevant
  • Experience in Procurement (Raw Materials, Logistic Services, Packaging) and Purchase /Supply Chain within a production environment
  • Proven working experience as purchasing manager agent or officer
  • Verbal and written communication skills in DutchEnglish and German
  • Familiarity with sourcing and vendor management
  • Interest in market dynamics along with business sense (NEVI)
  • A knack for negotiation and networking
  • Working experience of vendor management software
  • Ability to gather and analyse data and to work with figures
  • Solid judgement along with decision making skills
  • Strong leadership capabilities BS degree in supply chain management, logistics or business administration

Skills

  • Analytical skills
  • Advanced Excel skills
  • Ability to adapt to different client needs
  • Commercial awareness
  • Networking skills
  • Hands-on
  • Problem solving
  • Ability to scale up a growing business