Global Category buyer Logistics & MRO

Global Category Buyer Logistics and MRO at Forbo Flooring Systems. - Ref. code: DH8440



International, Overig

Please note: all nationalities are welcome to apply. However, the work location is Assendelft near Amsterdam, so relocation is needed to fulfil this position. There is no relocation package on offer. Most likely you are EU citizen. A valid EU working permit is a prerequisite.

  • A couple of years’ experience in the procurement function, ideally in purchasing the logistics category, is highly desired. However, if you are a Logistic Manager with 6 years of experience in an international production environment, and if you are eager to make the step to a category procurement role, you are encouraged to apply on this vacancy as well
  • Forbo offers full attention for a good work–life balance
  • English language mandatory, Dutch preferred
  • Global supplier base, focus on Europe and USA
  • 10 production locations in Europa
  • Ideal step-up base towards the role of Category Manager
  • Conscious choice for the decisiveness of a medium size production company with direct business impact
  • Full management support to create sustainable impact

Our client
Forbo Flooring Systems is a producer of floor coverings in various applications such as: marmoleum, vinyl, linoleum, carpet and tiles. With its roots in the province of North Holland the Netherlands and more than 150 years of experience, Forbo Flooring Systems has developed into a leading player in both the business and consumer markets. Forbo Flooring Systems is represented internationally in 26 countries and its head office is located in Switzerland. Forbo Flooring Systems employs approximately 3,000 enthusiastic employees worldwide and the flooring products are manufactured in 15 production locations. Forbo Flooring Systems is at the forefront when it comes to matters such as appealing designs, materials that feel good, environmentally conscious leadership and being a good employer. The customer demand is always leading and that is reflected, amongst other things, in the Forbo core values; attention, courage and inspiration.

About the structure and responsibilities of the Forbo Flooring Purchasing team
The Forbo Flooring Global Procurement team is responsible for worldwide strategic procurement for direct and indirect categories. As a Global Category Buyer, you are part of the 10 FTE strong Purchasing team that is responsible for drawing up a solid strategy for each category, managing relationships with suppliers and optimizing the added value per category. You will report directly to the Director Global Procurement.

About the role on offer
As Global Category Buyer Logistics and MRO you will lead global multimillion € logistics tenders. The scope and scale varies from local to regional to global and covers all procurement needs and projects for Ocean, Road and warehousing (including regional and global tendering). Next to the Logistics categories you will manage the MRO category. To be successful in this role you will challenge and manage stakeholders and international suppliers to secure right quality material/service at optimal price conditions. You will be responsible for developing sourcing strategies and delivery of contracts. The travel component will amount to approx.20 to 30% of your time.

About you
You will be expected to challenge stakeholder and clients. To be a successful influencer you must possess excellent communications skills and must be able to achieve buy-in across the organization. You have a proven procurement track record in managing a core category within a production environment. Most likely you bring a completed Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (preferably in SCM or Logistics) completed with a procurement and/or logistics accreditation such as CIPS-APICS. Amongst others, key competencies are: balanced decision making, achieving results, creating customer value, ensuring dialogue, managing yourself, coaching people, creating successful teams, innovating and mobilizing the organization. Fluency in either English or Dutch is a prerequisite. Knowledge of other languages a distinct plus.

What Forbo offers you
Forbo offers you a challenging position with an international footprint in the heart of a dynamic production company, completed with a very pleasant work atmosphere with attention for a good work–life balance. Forbo offers you career opportunities and ongoing attention for your personal growth. It goes without saying that an attractive remuneration package is on offer. As mentioned in the header, Forbo doesn’t offer a relocation package.

Please contact Peter Frauenfelder on +31 (0)6 54678578 or via e-mail on or Martijn Dekkers on +31 (0)6 82062507 or via e-mail on

Then please apply a.s.a.p. via the button below mentioning reference code DH8440. All information provided will be dealt with confidentially. Please note that a competency assessment may be employed in the selection process.