Operational Buyer

Are you able to continuously improve and further professionalize the procurement process and ensure a smooth purchasing system? Are you able to ensure that orders are available on-time, under the best possible conditions, and in accordance with the required product specifications? Are you a problem solver and able to address purchasing challenges before it escalates to a greater one? Do you possess strong communication skills and are you able to collaborate, inform and update suppliers and stakeholders within your organization to manage expectations accordingly? Do you possess a proactive attitude and are you able to initiate improvements in purchasing that is supported by process control, analyses and measurable results? Do you see yourself thriving in this role? If so, then we would be pleased to get to know more about you!

Ranpak as your new employer

Ranpak is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of paper packaging materials and systems. Known to deliver responsible packaging solutions to businesses and customers whilst conforming to environmentally conscious efforts to keep a safe and healthy planet.

Established 1972, the company’s aim was to create ecologically sound alternatives driven towards cleaner and responsible boxing systems that support a fully sustainable supply chain. The company’s success is credited to a team of packaging sustainability specialists that build strong and mutually beneficial relationships with their suppliers and distributors. Constantly aiming to innovate and improve, Ranpak continues to seek opportunities to expand both in their product range as well as geographical presence.

Today, Ranpak is one of the world's largest manufacturers of paper packaging materials and systems. With more than 500 employees worldwide, its operations spread through the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific and is now a global brand as an innovative leader in the packaging industry. Ranpak’s mission and slogan is clear -- to “Deliver a Better World”.

Finding the right packaging solutions is a collaborative process to develop protective in-the-box solutions that are carefully tailored to specific products for a particular industry. In recent years, Ranpak has increasingly developed from a traditional packaging company to an innovative total solution provider.

During the peak of the Corona pandemic, the rapidly expanding online market has triggered the demand on an increase in sustainability which addressed Ranpak’s core values: to responsibly deliver packaging products to its customers. This consequently meant an expansion of the organization. Ranpak continued to seek to work with superior and qualified professionals in the industry and furthermore required more business and operating space to house the growth in the organization. Now with several branches in Heerlen and Kerkrade, the operations will soon be moving to a new location for production and logistics, office spaces and showroom. This move will be completed in February 2023. Ranpak’s global headquarter is in Ohio (USA).

Working at Ranpak means being part of a closely-knit team that is based on trust, accountability, investing in longevity and loyalty within the company. Ranpak is a social and warm organization that gives great importance to innovation. At Ranpak there is a no-nonsense, open and honest culture and a healthy working atmosphere. You will join a fast-growing organization that continues to thrive in their core competencies. You can make an important contribution to further expand and professionalize purchasing processes within Ranpak.

Due to the rapid growth that Ranpak is currently experiencing and further professionalization of Procurement, the company is looking for an Operational Buyer to support and develop the Procurement team.

Your role as an Operational Buyer

Procurement is one of the most important divisions within Ranpak Supply Chain organization and is responsible for all direct and indirect expenditures. The organization’s aim is to deliver “best class performance”.

As the Operational Buyer, you are responsible for the execution of the purchasing process within the Ranpak Supply Chain. You are the point of contact for the (internal) customer and the suppliers. You ensure that the availability of products and raw materials is sufficient and ordered and received in timely manner, addressing to the right delivery location whilst meeting the quality standards against the most favorable commercial conditions. You contribute to the continuous improvement of purchasing processes and maintain the purchasing level and standards. You make analyses, keep a pulse on performance of the suppliers and you ensure optimal customer-supplier relationships.

As an Operational Buyer, you create an open and constructive cooperation with the internal stakeholders to determine a precise and clear demand requirements at hand, technically, qualitatively and quantitively.

You are able to transform Purchase Requisitions to Purchase orders and communicate this to the relating suppliers. You are able to monitor progress and secure on-time order confirmation from the supplier, with the agreed price level and finally that the actual delivery of commodities to the plant is on time.

The Operational Buyer is in constant alignment and communication with the supplier to avoid delay in deliveries. You are able to expedite and anticipate further action should such problems arise. In addition, when invoice disputes arise, the Operational buyer is responsible to resolve the issues at hand. You are also able to translate data from the ERP system into valuable supplier performance reports as input for the strategic direction of the commodity.

The Operational Buyer reports directly to the Procurement Manager and works in close cooperation with the Strategic Buyer.

Your profile

As an Operational Buyer, you have insight into production improvement processes, ensuring deliverables are met by the procurement team. You are experienced in the purchasing process of transforming a Purchase Requisition to a Purchase Order, and the complete P2P cycle. You are driven by optimizing purchase requirements while still meeting the stakeholders’ demands. In addition, you are a negotiator with excellent communication skills.

You are proactive and you are agile, able to work within constant changing situations whilst communicating information to suppliers and internal stakeholders. You are an independent worker and able to work within a team. You are able to look beyond your own tasks and are determined to achieve the results as planned.

Furthermore you recognize yourself in the following:

  • Completed vocational education with HBO working and thinking level;
  • Experience in a technical / commercial production area with a proven track record in a procurement role;
  • Experience in ERP preferably with SAP is a pre;
  • Good working knowledge of P2P cycles;
  • Completed a NEVI 1 Degree
  • You are able to ‘oil the wheels’ of the purchasing process;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in Dutch. In addition, English is preferred.

What can Ranpak offer you?

Ranpak offers an exciting and versatile position that is crucial for the further growth and professionalization of the organization. An interesting and challenging working environment in which you can make an important contribution to the transformation from a traditional packaging company to an innovative total solution provider. Ranpak has an interesting international customer base and is involved in the supply chain of virtually every industry.

At Ranpak you can expect a pleasant and stimulating working environment where input and initiatives are given attention and value for personal development. Your efforts and value are recognized at Ranpak

Ranpak also offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

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