Tactical Buyer

Date: May 26, 2021

Location: Hanover, US

Company: Bekaert NV

Bekaert (www.bekaert.com) is a world market and technology leader in steel wire transformation and coating technologies. We pursue to be the preferred supplier for our steel wire products and solutions by continuously delivering superior value to our customers worldwide. Bekaert (Euronext Brussels: BEKB) is a global company with more than 27 000 employees worldwide, headquarters in Belgium and € 4.4 billion in combined revenue in 2020.


In order to strengthen the current growth, we are looking for a Tactical Buyer to manage the total purchasing process (sourcing & procurement) for important/technical local purchases. Assess, lead and implement ways to increase overall process efficiency. Support local, regional (and global) purchasing and category management. This job function is located in Wilkes-Barre, PA and will report directly to the Purchasing Category Manager.


Responsible for:

  • Steering the management of specifications for important and critical local purchases: make sure that the specs are clear and available in the system and assure the communication to the suppliers.
  • Lead the full purchasing process for products or services, including final negotiation.
  • Decide independently on tactical purchase orders for the assigned facility. 
  • Participate in strategic sourcing teams to assist and to represent the purchasing volume of his/her location within the team.
  • Report the status of the KPI’s for assigned areas to local management and proposes projects and actions to timely comply with the targets.
  • Support the administration of contracts and organize for these contracts the activation in collaboration with internal applicants, tactical buyers, category manager.
  • Support the regional category managers in the administration of the purchase to pay process: transformation of purchase requisitions to purchase order, complaint & claims handling, order confirmation, on time delivery, blocking lists, exception lists, savings reports, information exchange with internal customer (consumer).
  • Support the regional category managers in the reporting of transacted volumes & spend analysis on all levels , assuring the proper archiving of transactions and sourcing files, assuring the up-to-date registration of supplier files, Bekaert specifications, Master Data management and further expansion of e-enabled suppliers in the eSourcing system.
  • Prepare, administer, monitor and execute all appropriate documentation and communication when it involves international or complex transactions (Letter of Credit, import licenses, transportation organization, certificates, SLA’s, bidding tables, notifications, etc.) in cooperation with the internal clients.
  • Source for and contract suppliers for routine or one-off purchases  (including the negotiations on prices and terms of delivery and payment in case of small or less technical contracts or one off purchases).
  • Require general (non-technical) knowledge of products and purchase procedures and guidelines.

Education/ Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years work experience as a Tactical Buyer preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required.



  • Minimum travel to additional plant locations when necessary.



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