Purchasing Assistant - R&D Services - Mechelen,BE

Job description

Pleased to meet you, we are Galapagos, a dynamic fast growing Biotech company with offices in Europe in Belgium (Mechelen), France (Romainville), the Netherlands (Leiden), US (Boston) and Bazel (Switzerland).


We’re in the business of changing lives. In our quest to discover and develop life-improving medicines we go where no one has ever gone before.  In every challenge we face, we see new opportunities.  We want to challenge the impossible.  We need thought leaders and rapid thinkers, entrepreneurs in spirit and status quo-fighters.  Collaborative innovators and perseverant idealists. We need the best-in-class.  In other words, we need you.


We are looking for a Purchasing Assistant – R&D Services

Scope of the job

You will support and assist 5 purchasers in running day-to-day operations:

  • Operational purchasing on category
    • Clinical Trials PhI-II-III
    • Early Development services: PCD and CMC (Chemical, Manufacturing & Controls)
    • Research services
  • Handling all PTP, administrative, logistic and invoicing activities

And also ensure compliance to procurement standards and alignment with procurement strategies.


In the role of purchasing assistant – these will be your main responsibilities:

  • Ensure integrity of the internal processing in compliance with SoX obligations and internal procedures
  • Manage order requisitions (OR) raised by internal customers
  • Handle OR and purchase orders (PO)
  • Supply chain documents management and process (RFQ-Delivery Notes-Claims-invoice issues)
  • Manage issues (invoicing and logistic)
  • Support Category buyers in negotiation with suppliers in order to generate savings
  • Back-up support for other purchasing assistants and buyers


Who are you?

  • Bachelor/Master Degree in Economics, Business Administration or equivalent by experience
  • A first experience in an international environment with experience in services purchase is required, experience in pharmaceutical environment or life science sector is a plus.
  • Good interpersonal skills and communicative strengths.
  • Hands-on attitude and result oriented
  • Good knowledge of P2P-process and supply chain documents
  • Professional English level is a must

What’s in it for you?

You will be part of a fast growing and amazing company.  As ‘make-it-happener’ you will get all the support you need to make your job successful.  At Galapagos we aim to recruit the best people, who stand out among their peers, with integrity and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Our employees are the strength behind Galapagos, a highly motivated team, eager to maintain Galapagos’ leading position and achieve breakthroughs in pharmaceutical research. Galapagos offers a competitive remuneration package and a dynamic work environment.


We are Galapagos : together we can make it happen…!