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Amsterdam, full time (39 hours)

Looking for a great functional next step in purchasing?
An unusual buying position (general) in an innovative and global environment in a dynamic and entrepreneurial organization based in Amsterdam and Cambridge (England). Are you looking for a procurement challenge that will take you beyond national borders?

About Feature
If you would like to develop further in an international environment as a public sector buyer, this is the perfect opportunity.

You are also the point of contact for questions to the internal GÉANT Foundation. You advise on the most appropriate way to purchase, and together with your customer you carry out purchases independently. In addition, it evaluates requisitions and ensures that the purchase process goes as smoothly as possible. Together with your fellow purchasing and financial partners, you will continue to work on the optimal purchase. You will work closely with the procurement team in Cambridge for this.

In addition to supporting GÉANT, you also support fellow purchasing. You provide your colleagues with current and valid purchasing data (spend analysis) and you are the driving force behind many projects within GÉANT Procurement. Finally, you and your colleague ensure that the purchasing tools used and/or developed at GÉANT are in order and maintained.

You are responsible for various activities:

  • In the organization you work as a procurement ambassador
  • Evaluates purchase orders and ensures a smooth and efficient purchasing process
  • Make standalone purchases (mainly private quotation procedures)
  • Executes independent orders via the Dynamic Procurement System (DAS)
  • You provide reliable purchasing data to your fellow purchasers and other stakeholders
  • You manage purchasing documents and purchasing tools
  • You contribute to further process improvements in contract and supplier management
  • You support audits by your accountant and the European Commission
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what we do
GÉANT is a Dutch non-profit association with European members and offices in Amsterdam and Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

For its members and together with NRENs (National Research Education Networks), GÉANT provides a high-speed, high-tech fiber network that connects scientists, researchers and academics around the world. Thanks to this private fiber optic network in Europe, 50 million researchers, scientists, academics and students can share massive amounts of data in order to jointly come up with ground-breaking solutions.

GÉANT also works on high-speed communications for countries and regions that do not have access, to stimulate global cooperation. GÉANT works with its network services for Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa and Central Asia. GÉANT also supports institutions in Latin America, the Caribbean, Australia, China, and North America, among others. GÉANT’s purchasing team is critical to an organization’s success

More information about GÉANT activities can be found at:

What do we offer
GÉANT offers attractive working conditions and an excellent salary with 8% annual leave allowance and 5% fixed benefits at the end of the year.

Other conditions of employment include an excellent pension system (without a mandatory personal contribution), the choice to participate in a group health insurance policy at an attractive discount, a monthly contribution to health insurance and 31 days off per year. Travel expenses from home to work are reimbursed.

In consultation with your line manager, you can work from home flexibly and if you are not there yet, you can buy a desk and office chair for your home with a personal budget and you will be provided with the necessary equipment to optimally prepare you workplace at home. Fixed monthly internet fee and mobile phone usage support your availability.

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GÉANT offers you a job in which you are constantly learning and developing. You will have to deal with the major issues and you will have the space and responsibility to work on them effectively. You support social causes and travel several times a year to Cambridge and possibly other European destinations.

This role is offered in Amsterdam on a 12-month contract with the option to continue on a permanent contract.

what we ask for
You have made the choice to further develop yourself as a buyer, it is really good to have already gained some buying experience in the public sector. For this position, it is important to have a proactive attitude, to take the initiative yourself when you define things and not to let yourself get discouraged when something doesn’t work right away. You are able to work alone and as part of a team. You are creative, driven and positive. Since all the activities must be done in English, it is very important that you speak English and can write it well. This profile will be one of the few Dutch documents you will encounter at GÉANT.

In addition, you have:

  • Minimum HBO level education.
  • Procurement experience, preferably in the public sector.
  • Good communication skills.
  • An affinity with information technology or work in an organization involved in information technology.
  • Analytical skills and an eye for detail.

About recruitment procedures

  • First Interview: An informal conversation with the hiring manager.
  • Second interview: a follow-up interview with potential colleagues.
  • Third Interview: Closing Conversation with the CFO of GÉANT
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(Most of these conversations are in English)

For this application you need a CV in English.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Olaf Verschoor (Head of Procurement) GÉANT [email protected]
For general questions, please contact [email protected]

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