Senior Purchasing Manager Chemicals

Date: Nov 15, 2023

Location: Mortsel, BE

Company: AGFA

As part of our Global Shared Service team, the Purchasing organization plays a crucial role in supporting our various business groups in finding the very best suppliers in terms of quality, availability and pricing. We approach this according to the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) principle. Our team operates worldwide, with the largest number of colleagues based in Belgium, where our headquarters are also located.


Agfa Purchasing's mission is to increase the added value of our suppliers for both our existing product lines and for the new products and services we are developing. The performance and quality of Agfa's products and services in our business groups contribute significantly to our revenues. A significant part of this performance and quality depends on the performance of our suppliers. We strive to manage and improve this aspect to the maximum extent possible.


Job content


As Senior Purchasing Manager "Chemicals" you will be responsible for:

  • Developing and implementing sourcing strategies and initiatives for the "Chemicals" product portfolio, mainly organic, chemical products ( finished products and raw materials).
  • Searching, identifying and developing new, suitable suppliers and managing and developing the relationship with already existing suppliers
  • Evaluating information and offers from suppliers and making recommendations to achieve the best results, based on a TCO principle.
  • Negotiating the best price and delivery time for assigned products as well as identifying opportunities for discounts, indemnities and reimbursements from suppliers.
  • Manage and support the entire contract lifecycle management for respective suppliers ranging from drafting and negotiation, through contract management to renewal
  • Supporting the team in quality control of suppliers. ( info gathering, site inspection, supporting audit , annual assessments ...)
  • Communicating effectively with suppliers, as well as internal stakeholders to ensure timely and quality deliveries from suppliers with attention to keep working capital as low as possible
  • Maintaining supplier relationships with an eye on sustainability, (delivery) security, and supplier innovations


The desired profile


  • You have a master degree in a chemical or commercial field or equivalent through experience.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in the chemical sector
  • You are customer oriented and can negotiate well
  • You have excellent analytical and project management skills, both on an operational and strategic level.
  • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills, including proven ability to network and build cross-cultural relationships in a complex, rapidly changing environment.
  • You can work fluently with MS Office applications, including excell, SAP - PO and Supplier Management.
  • You function very well both independently and in a team.
  • You are proactive, dynamic, looking for improvements.
  • You work accurately, structured and have an eye for detail.
  • You communicate strongly and you have the necessary powers of persuasion.
  • You have a very good knowledge of Dutch and English. Knowledge of an additional European language is an advantage.



Agfa is a Belgian company with an innovative mindset, headquartered in Mortsel.  We offer high-tech solutions that contribute to a sustainable future.  At Agfa, you can expect an interesting career in an international and dynamic environment, with the opportunity to work with talented and dedicated people. We offer comprehensive training and career development programs and a competitive compensation and benefits package. Do you want to help build the world of tomorrow? Then apply now!




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