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Title:  Global Category Buyer - Digital & Technology and Professional Services

Global Category Buyer - Digital & Technology and Professional Services


Job purpose


Are you an expert at building relationships across all levels in a complex global business environment? Have you a proven track record of getting people to work together? Have you strong persuasive skills? In addition, do you have a good knowledge / experience of procurement? If the answer is yes – then we want to talk to you!


Heineken Global Procurement (HGP), sitting in the heart of Amsterdam and Schiphol, is an entrepreneurial, dynamic and diverse team of individuals driving not only sourcing and procurement activity - but also partnering in key projects such as innovation, technology and sustainability.


This position, within HGP and based in Amsterdam, is to support the end-to-end HEINEKEN Digital and Technology (D&T) transformational agenda as well as working across the varied Professional Services categories globally. By creating, maintaining and enhancing trusted business relationships the candidate will be part of a strong team working with the HEINEKEN D&T community and for Professional Services on their end to end, sustainable, connected and cost effective business solutions. You will also be responsible for bring insights to the business and facilitate technology trend adoption as well as leverage the 3d party relationships with Consultancy firms to provide competitive advantage to create value for HEINEKEN.


The Global Category Buyer ICT & Professional Services will work across the following:


Digital and Technology

•            Hardware

•            Software Licensing

•            Telecom

•            IT Services


Professional Services

•            Tax Advisory and Compliance Services

•            Audit services

•            Legal

•            Organizational & Financial Consultancy

•            Strategic Consultancy

•            Insurance and other external consultancy services


And you are responsible for year-on-year improvements in service levels, quality, cost, compliance, innovation and digitalization for the above categories.


Key responsibilities

• Strategic Level:

The buyer is a trusted, empowered and recognized partner for D&T function at Global, Regional and Local levels, translating different business requirements into overarching sourcing strategies leveraging HEINEKEN’s global scale.

Builds trust with (Sr,) stakeholders to support them in the sourcing of Professional Services (e.g. Tax Advisory and Compliance Services, Audit services, Organizational & Financial Consultancy, Strategic Consultancy, Insurance and other external consultancy services).

• Tactical Level:

Leads / supports Global tenders and in identifying, negotiating, contracting in a high-quality, timely and cost-effective manner

• Project Level:  

Works with Project Leaders, Programme Managers/ (Sr.) Directors, Legal and cross-functional teams in the definition of sourcing strategies supporting the deployment of Local/Regional or Global initiatives across the end to end D&T scope.


Position profile

Qualifications: Bachelor or Master degree in business, financial, commercial, economical or technical discipline.

Experience / skills required: 5 – 7 years procurement experience in Technology, IT and Professional Services in complex, decentralized and sizeable global organizations

Language(s): Fluent in English


Functional Competencies: Strategic Direction and Alignment, Analysis and Insight, Stakeholder Management, Category Management, Risk Management, Sourcing, Contract Management, Supplier Management, Continuous Improvement.



When you are at HEINEKEN you are:

  • Able to GoPlaces; experience new things and meet colleagues from different cultures along your way
  • Motivated to try new ideas and insights: we love to pioneer and develop ourselves with you!
  • Offered the best Friday drinks in Amsterdam city centre! Here you can try different global and local brands
  • In the lead of your own flexible reward package. Exchange leave days for extra salary? It’s up to you!



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