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Global Category Buyer Metal - Crown corks

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Date: 03-Jun-2022

Location: Amsterdam, NL


Global Category Buyer Metal – Crown corks



Your new role


As Global Category Buyer Metal Crown corks at Heineken’s Global Head Office, you will secure uninterrupted supply of crown corks at the lowest possible costs, whilst meeting delivery requirements and in compliance with our quality standards. The crown cork category is acting globally and represents a value of approx. €130mio. It has an extensive supply base with global, regional and local suppliers. Pricing is heavily influenced by suppy / demand on the steel market.


The category is executing an ambitious number of projects, including greenfield developments, increasing local sourcing, developing the ‘greenest’ crown cork and setting the benchmark in terms of specifications. You will be able to drive, provide input and support on all these aspects of executing Heineken’s crown cork sourcing strategy.


In this role you will:

  • Develop & implement multi-year category strategy;
  • Lead tenders and e-auctions;
  • Drive implementation of CVE-projects in the various regions;
  • Co-drive our sustainability agenda for the crown corks category (e.g. ‘green steel’);
  • Co-drive our upstream sourcing- and footprint development activities;
  • Do extensive stakeholder management, both internally (OpCo’s & Group functions) and externally (suppliers), to ‘make it happen’;
  • Conclude Framework Agreements between HEINEKEN and suppliers;
  • Secure uninterrupted supply for all crown corks globally;
  • Perform spend analysis, budgeting, operationalization of contracts and follow-up of ad-hoc requests;
  • Report on performance of the category (spend, contract compliance, benefit tracking);
  • Further rationalize the category and de-complex the supply chain.


Your working environment

You report to the Global Category Lead Metal based in The Netherlands.  The team consist of 5 employees and is well regarded across the business.


Your profile

For this role we are looking for someone with the below experience and qualifications:

  • Degree in business, financial, logistics, commercial, economical or procurement discipline;
  • A minimum of 5 – 6 years of experience in procurement, supply chain or logistics, within a direct (raw- or packaging) materials category
  • Extensive experience in strategic sourcing;
  • Fluent English language required (verbally & written);


The ideal candidate will also have:

  • A result-driven mentality;
  • Entrepreneurial spirit;
  • Stress resilience;
  • Strategic thinking- / shaping capabilities;
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills;
  • Good communication skills - ability to explain complex topics in a clear and simple manner;
  • Strong analytical skills and thorough knowledge of Excel, PowerBI


We are looking for an experienced sourcing professional that wants to have a significant impact on the business. Are you interested in this opportunity, if so please click on the application button to register your interest.


For additional information about this job opening, please contact Ewoud Nieuwenhuis, Global Category Lead Metal, at


We are looking forward to receiving your application.


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