Chief Procurement Officer (f/m)


Position Purpose

The Chief Procurement Officer creates a competitive advantage and drives bottom-line results by attaining superior purchasing conditions for direct materials from manufacturers and wholesalers, and ensures the availability of appropriate inventories to satisfy customer demand; she/he supports the development of our business in emerging and new markets in close collaboration with Commercial.

  • Location: Venlo (NL) or Cologne (DE)
  • Reporting Line: Chief Executive Officer
  • Direct Reports: 3-4 / TBD
  • Total Reports: 30+
  • Travel Requirement: 60%+

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Establishes and fosters a framework for attaining superior purchasing conditions for direct materials from manufacturers and wholesalers.
  • Aims for and makes progress towards best-in-class purchasing processes to ensure availability of appropriate levels of inventory; ensures high level of purchasing process quality, including full compliance with internal and external rules and regulations, and drives process efficiencies.
  • Establishes and develops appropriate commercial structures in emerging and new markets in close collaboration with Commercial.
  • Aligns with Commercial on annual purchasing saving targets for direct materials. Develops methodology for determining and tracking year-over-year purchasing savings. Monitors progress throughout the year and initiates corrective actions if warranted.
  • Establishes and fosters relationships with key suppliers. Is personally involved and drives purchasing negotiations with selected key suppliers. Reviews all key purchasing agreements, and fosters excellent supplier performance and development.
  • Optimizes inventory levels and minimizes product write-offs through collaborative working relationships with Commercial and Operations. Fosters a spirit to bridge cultural gaps between Commercial, Operations and Procurement.
  • Attracts, hires, develops and retains strong workforce. Top-grades positions to continuously upgrade skillset. Sets annual performance targets for staff and ensure attainment.


  • People and change leadership – makes change happen and thrives on developing key talent to sustain scalable growth
  • Planning and execution combined with strong results orientation
  • Fostering of relationships both with internal and external parties
  • Collaboration across departments through listening and influencing
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Business acumen
  • Process orientation and continuous improvement attitude
  • Analytical skills

Qualifications and Experience

  • Required
  • University degree
  • 10+ years of progressive experience in procurement – negotiation of purchasing conditions and improvement of purchasing processes
  • Strong track record in negotiating purchasing savings
  • 6+ year of people management experience
  • Fluency in German & English
  • Preferred
  • Purchasing experience in the healthcare sector, especially in pharmaceutical industry or wholesalers
  • Experience in continuous improvement or Lean Six Sigma
  • Ability to communicate in French, Spanish and/or Italian

We Offer

  • A high impact role with high degrees of responsibility and autonomy
  • A very strong team performance and a position in a very dynamic environment – Europes fastest growing Online Pharmacy
  • Flat hierarchies, open communication and a good portion of pragmatism
  • Long perspectives and great chances for personal and technical development



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