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Vacancy: Category Buyer Services, Gorinchem, Netherlands

Are you ready to be part of a diverse team of people from around the world who are all directly linked to our organization’s success?

If you answered ‘yes’ to this question, then you may be a good fit for Damen Services!

We are hiring for a range of non-technical and technical positions.  And we are hiring to fill the job vacancy for Configuration Project Engineer


Nice to meet you!
We are Damen Services. Damen Services is a team of creative, entrepreneurial, and motivated people who support each other and enjoy coming to work each day. We interact directly with Damen customers around the world, helping them find solutions to challenging situations.

The role

Are you a good fit for the Category Buyer Services position at Damen Services? Now or in the near future?
As a Category Buyer Services, you will be responsible for coordinating the procurement of various goods and services for projects in which the purchasing group is involved. As a Category Buyer Services, you follow market developments and identify relevant developments in the supply market and their impact on the business.
In addition, as a Category Buyer, you are responsible for a number of product categories and you manage the interests and maintain the relationships with all relevant stakeholders. With these stakeholders, you also initiate and coordinate improvement projects related to the Supply Chain.

This is a good fit if you like to do the following:

  • Enter into Long Term Service Agreements and blankets with strategic suppliers;
  • Tracking price and delivery time developments to ensure timely availability on the right terms;
  • Mapping of relevant stakeholders for the relevant categories;
  • Participate in various team meetings to determine internal procurement needs;
  • Capture and manage contracts in available systems (ERP, Contract Management Tool etc.);
  • Actively participate in working groups for Category Strategy Development;
  • Be part of supplier account teams to ensure Services interests;
  • Authorize purchase orders from the operational buyers;
  • Coordinate various Supply Chain Services improvement projects;
  • Support the insightful creation of a KPI dashboard (Continuous Improvement).

Skills & experience

We ask our future Category Buyer Services to come prepared with the following:
You have:

  • Preferably a completed Technical HBO education in the direction of e.g. Mechanical Engineering or Nevi I and II;
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience;
  • Experience with technical maintenance in industry or shipping and knowledge of spare parts is a plus.


You are:

  • Result-oriented, a "Category Buyer Services" with initiative;
  • Strong in forming a combination between technical, logistical and commercial aspects of assignments;
  • Mastery of Dutch and English;
  • Communicating effectively with team members and stakeholders;
  • A pragmatic, persuasive "Category Buyer Services" with a solid personality, fitting within a dynamic organization with a hands-on culture;
  • Decisive and at the same time flexible in your approach and works methodically;
  • Well able to manage expectations.

What we offer

We want to make sure you are a happy Category Buyer Services, so we offer:
The opportunity to develop yourself in this position. We are a growing organization where Services is the driving force. Entrepreneurship is in our DNA, and that's why we continue to grow and innovate and offer plenty of opportunities. All you have to do is grab them.

We offer you:

  • Personal guidance, freedom, varied work and a work environment where your opinion counts;
  • An excellent benefits package tailored to your experience and education level;
  • An International work environment;
  • Various growth and development opportunities;
  • Open, informal, no-nonsense culture with short communication lines;
  • An active social environment in terms of business culture, events & sports.


About Damen:
Damen is a family-owned, client-driven organization that has been in operation since 1927. Our primary business involves ships, but we are not just a shipbuilder. We are a global operation of diverse people with a range of skills that deliver innovation and quality to the maritime sector.
Our business priority is to deliver for the needs of the present while working to solve the challenges of the future.


Still with us and ready to apply?
Apply online for the position of Category Buyer Services by scrolling down and using the apply button at the bottom of this page.

We look forward to meeting you!

Do you need a bit more info or looking for something that suits you better? 
Don't hesitate to get in touch with Bealien Schot at bealien.schot@damen.comPlease send me a WhatsApp for questions or information. or explore other career opportunities at 


Damen Services does not approve of commercial, contractor and/or agency acquisition or commercial use of this advertisement. Proposing candidates without invitation is not appreciated and will not be considered.