Director Procurement Direct Material International (m/f/d)

Region: Cologne or Künzelsau (mobile working partly possible)
Department: Sourcing Direct International

The BERNER Group is a European trading company for professionals in the mobility, construction and industry sectors. We are the leading B2B specialist and innovative manufacturer of chemical products. Our purpose: “We are pushing the limits of the possible for the shapers of a better tomorrow.” This means that our strong brands BERNER, BTI by BERNER and Caramba help our customers to keep their business running successfully.

  • Be responsible for and lead (functional/disciplinary) the department Procurement Direct Material International
  • Implement an active leadership management/succession planning for Procurement Direct Material, aligned with the colleagues in Procurement, Logistics and Quality
  • Define an appropriate concept for global/local Procurement and develop the necessary roles and responsibilities together with Logistics/Replenishment
  • Steer/Control the department Procurement Direct Material based on agreed KPIs and targets, ensuring an appropriate target achievement with a focus on business planning, procurement budget and performance
  • Further develop and cross-functionally align an innovation management process with focus on supplier innovations, including supplier selection and nomination process
  • Secure the supplies (escalative support, 2nd level) together with Replenishment
  • Ensure an in-time supplier nomination process for new products based on the defined go-to-market strategy and the appropriate product requirements (product specification, product quality and delivery conditions)

  • Degree in Business Administration, Procurement Management or Industrial Engineering and Management
  • Many years of analytic, structured and concept-oriented working experience in a consultancy environment
  • Several years of procurement experience in the automotive industry, mechanical and plant engineering or wholesale business as well as knowledge of the entire purchasing toolbox
  • Several years of leadership experience in a challenging international procurement environment, distinct leadership and change management competencies as well as good process understanding
  • Ability to motivate the team with an empathic approach and based on values to generate top performance and fun at work
  • Ability to inspire and convince stakeholders on all levels of your own ideas and concepts
  • Ability to network, applying convincing and target-oriented representation skills (on all company/supplier levels)
  • Ability to make decisions also in critical/challenging situations and willingness/strength of implementation
  • High ability to analyze and structure challenges in a solution-oriented way and develop appropriate concepts combined with strong implementation skills
  • Enthusiastic driver of the transformation processes with the big picture in mind

  • Permanent contract
  • Mobile work partly possible
  • Structured onboarding
  • State-of-the-art workplace
  • Künzelsau: canteen with daily, freshly prepared dishes
  • Cologne: Pluxee meal vouchers (formerly Sodexo)
  • Allowance for transportation costs
  • Bike leasing (JobRad)
  • EGYM Wellpass with more than 5.000 sport and fitness offers
  • Company pension scheme and employee purchase with attractive conditions
  • Many training and development opportunities within our future-oriented company