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Sourcing Manager - Indirect Spend (M/V/X)


You are responsible for the sourcing for our indirect spend, more specific the securing the technical supplies and investment projects.  You develop a strategic purchase plan and steer the supplier management in order to realise business objectives.
Your personal mission includes building relationships with suppliers, negotiating cost and developing agreements that help our company grow and become more sustainable and profitable.

This includes:

  • You appraise and improve the sourcing activities supporting the respective business objectives and building sourcing intelligence. This includes demand analysis, market and supplier analyses, spend analysis, building and developing networks (internally and externally),…
  • You develop and execute the strategic sourcing supporting the actual business and future business goals. You determine the best potential purchasing opportunities, determine priorities related to the optimization of quality, delivery, prices and related risks  from the supplier risk assessments,… 
  • You support the qualification and selection process by e.g. performing supplier assessments.
  • You establish the necessary agreements in support of the Purchase To Pay process and hand over the necessary information to your procurement colleagues (including conditions for processing of purchase orders).
  • You manage the supplier management and develop the supplier relations by gathering feedback on performances, following up on open complaints, coordinate and follow-up on agreed corrective actions,…
  • You search for and share market insights (e.g. evolution of prices and cost structures, market developments,…)


You report to the Head of Purchase.


  • You have at least 5 years of experience in similar purchasing function preferably within the chemical or pharmaceutical industry.
  • You have a Technical Engineering degree or equivalent by experience.
  • You are willing to travel.
  • You have proven negotiation skills and are an excellent business communicator. You are able to build and develop networks (internally and externally).
  • You have a strong commercial mindset and a good understanding of business processes and business needs.
  • You can handle well the pressure of deadlines.
  • You have strong communication skills in Dutch, English and French (oral and written). German or other languages are an asset.


  • Be part of a stable and recognised company that has the “Power to Make”.
  • An attractive salary package including fringe benefits (eg hospital insurance, pension plan, bonus plan and a great company restaurant)
  • Be part of an organisation that offers personalised technical training, personal development opportunities and prospects to internal mobility
  • A pleasant, no-nonsense, people-oriented working atmosphere with employee initiatives and events.
  • Ajinomoto aims for a safe, inclusive work environment with diverse teams