Operational Buyer – Indirect Procurement

To support our growth, we are looking for an Operation buyer in Indirect Procurement to provide a buying service to all Lonza employees requiring indirect goods/services and CAPEX (where relevant) for the group of sites in scope.



Indirect spend, Techniek

Operational Buyer – Indirect Procurement 12 months Contract (f/m/d)
Netherlands, Geleen – Reference: R46052

Today, Lonza is a global leader in life sciences operating across three continents. While we work in science, there’s no magic formula to how we do it. Our greatest scientific solution is talented people working together, devising ideas that help businesses to help people. In exchange, we let our people own their careers. Their ideas, big and small, genuinely improve the world. And that’s the kind of work we want to be part of.

Our Geleen, Netherlands | Lonza site provides significant expertise in cell and gene therapy manufacturing, in the heart of Europe. We support a number of commercial autologous cell therapy products and also implement mRNA / LNP as a technology on site, to serve our customers.

You will ensure that all indirect third party spend goes through the relevant buying channel and internal review procedures are followed to maximize value for Lonza. In close cooperation with Accounts Payable and the P2P enabling team to resolve invoice queries and good receipts queries and ensuring timely delivery of goods and services.

Key responsibilities:

  • Review and validate Purchase Requisition for indirect products/services & CAPEX (where relevant) for several sites
  • Ensure contracts and Purchase orders are assigned to relevant preferred suppliers (if possible)
  • Place Purchase Orders, obtain order confirmations and expedite orders to ensure on-time delivery for several sites
  • Maintain relevant data fields in SAP (e.g. delivery dates and supplier order confirmations)
  • Manage non-conformance, rejections & returns with suppliers and Quality
  • Assurance and Quality Control
  • Monitor & track supplier performance and raise issues with strategic buyers and/or category managers
  • Promote the use of e-catalogue (Ariba) and other approved buying channels which generate automation
  • Support automation of Purchase Requisition & Purchase Order processes and respond to AP enquiries

Key requirements:

  • Degree in Business, Economics, Engineering, Procurement or Supply Chain or equivalent by experience
  • Experience and knowledge of both Operational Procurement and Purchasing of indirect goods/services (e.g. Purchase Requisition to Purchase Order Process)
  • Experience of carrying out 3-Bids and a buy via SAP and/or Ariba preferred
  • Experience of managing suppliers and carrying out low value negotiations, ability to persuade and influence suppliers to achieve best outcome for Lonza
  • Hands on experience of using MS Office, SAP ERP in a purchasing/procurement role
  • Customer service mindset and ability to manage several priorities simultaneously
  • Positive attitude with a willingness to learn new skill sets
  • “ Hands-on “ and “ can do “ mentality
  • Fluency in English and Dutch

Every day, Lonza’s products and services have a positive impact on millions of people. For us, this is not only a great privilege, but also a great responsibility. How we achieve our business results is just as important as the achievements themselves. At Lonza, we respect and protect our people and our environment. Any success we achieve is no success at all if not achieved ethically.

People come to Lonza for the challenge and creativity of solving complex problems and developing new ideas in life sciences. In return, we offer the satisfaction that comes with improving lives all around the world. The satisfaction that comes with making a meaningful difference.