EMEA Category Buyer

 Full Time

About the job 

Quaker Houghton is a global leader present in many people’s lives thanks to the fluid solutions we offer to the automotive, aerospace, beverage, construction and other pillar sectors of our economy. This is an opportunity to join our EMEA Procurement team based in our regional headquarter office. 

The Category Buyer is a key part in a team effort to create a highly efficient sourcing and procurement process covering all facilities in the region. An ideal role for a dynamic and proactive professional to join us at a time when we are investing to strengthen our market position. 

Join the team and let’s do great things together!  


What do we offer ? 

  • Work-life balance with a hybrid & flexible working schedule.  
  • Competitive pay + bonus program.  
  • Health insurance & Great pension plan. 
  • 2 days paid volunteering leave. 
  • Access to real career growth opportunities in Procurement, Supply Chain or other related areas of interest, in an international environment where autonomy and initiative are expected. 
  • QH University: Continuous training programs for all seniority levels.
  • Attractive Wellbeing, Mental Health, Women Inclusion & D&I programs.


What will you do?  

  • Responsible for the sourcing & procurement of direct materials, ensuring secure supply, whilst continuously seeking opportunities for cost improvements and value-added initiatives for the EMEA region. 
  • Develop, align & implement sourcing strategies together with internal stakeholders (R&D, Marketing, Operations & top management).
  • Actively manage & improve performance of key suppliers on Quality, Delivery, Innovation & Sustainability as well as manage the assigned supplier base and ensure contracts are followed.
  • Partner with Raw Material Technical Group for projects such as new products, alternative sourcing or simplification opportunities.
  • Report market trends and purchase performance to internal stakeholders.
  • May require some occasional travelling to our sites or supplier facilities.  


What are we looking for?  

  • Experience: Ideally at least 7 years' experience in a similar role.  Candidates with strong chemical and/or raw material commercial experience, such as sales or product management will be considered as well.  Previous experience in any Big 4 procurement department is highly valued. 

Any additional training needed will be provided upon onboarding.  

  • Languages: English professional level spoken and written is a must. 

  • Soft skills: Business background, Customer focus, Communication skills, Growth Mindset and High Safety conscious. Safety is at the core of our culture.  

  • Based in the Uithoorn, NL.  


Who are we?  

We are a global leader in industrial process and mechanical engineering present in 40+ countries. We are continually improving and innovating so the world’s industrial manufacturers can stay ahead in a changing world. Throughout our 100+ locations, our engineers, chemists and industry experts partner with our customers to play a key role in helping them run even more efficiently, even more effectively, whatever comes next.  

Our values: Live Safe, Exceed Customer Expectations, Drive Results, Embrace Diversity and Do Great Things Together.  

Our core values embody who we are as a company, guide our decisions and inspire us. Our commitment to these values, in words and actions, builds a safer, stronger Quaker Houghton. They are the fundamental beliefs that guide our internal conduct and our relationship with the outside world.