EMEA Container Purchasing Manager

Job location:
Antwerp, Belgium
Created moment:
September 5, 2023
Job reference:
REQ - 07533

The Company

The world’s leading supplier of mineral-based specialty solutions for industry with 14,000 employees, operations in more than 40 countries, and €4.3 billion in revenue in 2022.
Imerys delivers high-value-added, functional solutions to a great number of sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its understanding of applications, technological knowledge and expertise in material science to deliver solutions by beneficiating its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. Imerys’ solutions contribute essential properties to customers’ products and their performance, including heat resistance, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and water repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.
If you want to grow your skills and develop your career, find out more at www.imerys.com

The Position

EMEA Container Purchasing Manager

Job Summary

With an annual volume of 40 000 TEUs and a spend of 50M$ for container freight including merchant haulage, the Global Transportation Category is an important purchasing area at Imerys. The EMEA Container Purchasing Manager will be responsible for strategic purchasing of these activities as part of the Global Transportation Category Team. 

The EMEA Container Purchasing Manager reports to the Global Container Category Manager based in Antwerp, Belgium 


While applying a top class purchasing methodology, best practices, sourcing strategy and associated management KPI, the EMEA Container Purchasing will : 

  • Manage directly all EMEA Container Purchasing.
  • Be in charge of the transportation panel rationalization and supplier relationship management.
  • Support as a backup for the Global Container Manager and team members in America and APAC as an active member of the Global Container Purchasing Team
  • Manage quotations and coordination with internal stakeholders to provide an outstanding service to the organization in full support of the business processes.  

Key Tasks and responsibilities : 

  • Contribute in defining and implementing the Container Purchasing Strategy that best serves Imerys global needs for short and long term.

  • Deliver the planned savings for the EMEA Container Category

  • Ensure to have a full and complete overview of all Imerys EMEA container shipping activity, enabling the function to design the required strategy and to approach the market as one unified and strong shipper with the objective of cost savings

  • Identify, quantify and pursue opportunities for cost savings or operational improvements and manage them on a project basis until completion and validation of the captured savings.

  • Actively contribute to the alignment across the Global Container Purchasing team implementing common methodology, sharing best practises and secure continuity.

  • Contribute in defining a common process of performance assessment for the category and report results periodically

  • Be a supportive but also challenging business partner and source of related knowledge for Imerys internal stakeholders, predominantly in the Supply Chain Teams, define common goals and provide and seek support for improvement projects

  • Setup a process of establishing detailed and tailor made SLA’s with the Imerys internal container shipping operations defining the applicable way of cooperation on operational level

  • Be the local Imerys representative facing shipping lines or shipping industry bodies and maintain a supplier management process

  • Maintain a relationship with the Imerys forwarding agents and ensure the proper application of the negotiated conditions.

  • Active participation in the Merchant Haulage negotiations of your scope.

  • Consult in logistics-related areas, such as warehousing, intermodal transport, cost-to-serve modeling, TMS, software support, etc.

  • Drive on-going improvements with major providers through Supplier Relationship Management process (SRM), including periodic meetings which include problem solving, cost reduction, maintenance objectives, plant shutdown support, etc.

  • Collaborate directly with the business Supply Chain, Operations leadership, legal and teams to optimize overall logistics costs to the plants. 

  • Act as a pulse check and voice of the internal customer (site manager/operations/supply chain leaders) to the ongoing category management approach of the Transportation category.

  • Develop key regional supplier relationship management (SRM) program under the umbrella of global Purchasing SRM program, ensuring integration of these programs with the Business Area priorities.

  • Manage associated regional contracts, price & service negotiations and application/control, periodic contract review (to quantify supplier performance)


Experience/Skills required:

  • Solid experience in Supply Chain, in particular Container Shipping Business and related activities in an international business environment (5 year +)

  • Expertise in purchasing within the broad transportation sector in the EMEA region, with an industrial emphasis; understands transportation needs. 

  • Experience in leading regional projects based on category management concepts and group purchasing approach desired. 

  • Experienced negotiating with providers for ocean container transportation 

  • Excellent, demonstrated collaboration and relationship-building skills required; relationships will be extensive. 

  • Strong communication skills towards internal and external stakeholders. 

  • Team player with a global interest in container related transportation. 

  • Ability to collaborate with strong, defined technical resources, engineers and leaders, as well as plant operations leader

  • Strong project management skills

  • Proven experience in planning and leading negotiations

  • Highly motivated & results focused with the ability to act with a high sense of urgency

  • Ability to operate and execute effectively in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and challenging deadlines

  • Thorough knowledge of the formalities and processes of the Container Shipping industry


Education/Knowledge Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Purchasing, Supply Chain (or related field) required.

  • Knowledge of SAP is a plus. 

  • English fluently, preferably French/Dutch, other languages are more than welcome.

Position Type

Full time



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