VIE Commodity Buyer Indirect Purchasing H/F


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Are you engaged in your work, professional in everything you do and prepared to go that extra mile? If yes – then the Volvo Group Trucks Purchasing (GTP) is the right place for you. We like to work hard, have fun and we are committed to our customers and the Volvo Group success. You will work with a high performing team aiming at world class Purchasing – do you have what it takes?
Within Indirect Products & Services, we, POS Team, are offering a Commodity Buyer position for a VIE, located in Gent (Belgium) with travels required occasionally.


Our department provides the Volvo Group plants with industrial supplies to make sure our employees who assemble our amazing trucks have all the necessary equipment to be able to perform their job properly. We handle everything from furniture and power tools to support products such as hand tools, cleaning products and even bicycles! We are in the driving seat to capture innovations from our suppliers in the Industrial Supply & Consumables Commodities.
Our team is part of Volvo Group Purchasing and within the group of Products & Operational Services. We specialize in Industrial Services & Consumables and we are 11 people in the team located in both Sweden and France. You will be based in Gent (Begium) and you will work mainly with the plants in Europe, in particular Gent, the biggest Volvo plant in Europe. Therefore, this role requires some occasional travels to mentioned locations and our some of our suppliers.You will support commodity buyers for Industrial Supplies & Consumables.


As Commodity Buyer you will collaborate with local, regional and global counterparts and internal stakeholders in order to get the best possible results for Volvo in terms of Cost, Quality, Delivery, Features, Technology while ensuring Volvo’s long-term Sustainability and managing Risks (QDCFTSR). You will also strengthen our competitive advantage by understanding the business needs and the supplier market.
Regarding our suppliers, you will manage and develop our supplier base using categorization, segmentation, continuous performance evaluation. You will also map and identify new suppliers in order to establish and maintain the appropriate levels of relationship with key suppliers.
You will also:

  • Perform day-to-day activities (orders/price litigations/etc..) supporting the buyers in the team
  • Execute all sourcing activities to define project timelines and approved sourcing strategies.
  • Issue RFQ’s, negotiate an optimal cost level for areas of responsibility and carry out contract negotiations and management.
  • Contribute to regional KPI target fulfillment.
  • Interact as key contact with the stakeholders in Gent. Prepare and report Key Performance Indicators development to them and the team.
  • Contribute to the development of the segment strategy and purchasing process to support Volvo’s strategic objectives.
  • Bring together innovations on his/her segments.

To summarize: this is a dynamic, interesting and challenging role in which you will have the opportunity to experience personal growth and development of your skills!


To become our next VIE Commodity Buyer, we believe you have these qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Science, Engineering or Business Administration
  • Fluent in English (in speech and writing) and if possible Dutch
  • Strong Negotiation skills
  • Agile & flexible
  • Communication skills and strong interest to develop good relationships with stakeholders and team
  • Strong autonomy
  • First purchasing experience

We all support each other and we act as a team, and we appreciate you will share these values with us. Our group is diverse and consists of various types of culture and people, and we see that you are comfortable working with everybody.
Doesn’t this sound like an amazing opportunity? We are confident you will fit right in.

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Über uns

The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines under the leading brands Volvo, Renault Trucks, Mack, UD Trucks, Eicher, SDLG, Terex Trucks, Prevost, Nova Bus, UD Bus and Volvo Penta. We aim at being the most admired employer in the industry by attracting and engaging the best people.

Volvo Group Purchasing has 125 BSEK in Purchasing annual spend and 2,550 suppliers in serial production. Only for the truck business, 2 billion truck parts were delivered to 40 plants around the world. By scouting and working with high performing suppliers, we deliver the best possible products and service that bring value to our customers. We support the Volvo Group’s mission ‘Driving prosperity through transport solutions’ by applying the principles of Code of Conduct and sustainable sourcing to the purchasing processes.

When you join Volvo Group Purchasing, you will become part of a global network with more than 1,300 professionals in 50 different sites across 25 countries. We offer unique opportunities for you to connect with people across functions, and we are passionate to accelerate your career through competence development.

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