Category Buyer - Clinical Studies - Mechelen, BE

Job description

Pleased to meet you, we are Galapagos, a dynamic fast growing biotech company with offices in various locations all over Europe and in the US.


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: The ‘make-it-happeners’.


For our site in Mechelen, Belgium we are looking for an Category Buyer


Scope of the job

Manage procurement (category: Clinical Studies Phase 1-2 or 2-3)


Your role:

  • You will transform business needs into procurement category plans
  • You will take care of the operational management: handle PR and purchase orders (PO) in respect of the purchasing policy, guidelines and procedures
  • You will manage supply chain documents and process (RFQ-Delivery Notes-Claims-invoice issues) in respect of internal guidelines and obligations
  • You manage issues (invoicing and logistic)
  • You ensure, apply and deploy integrity of the procurement strategy that satisfy efficiency, regulatory, quality and savings goals
  • You ensure integrity of the internal processing in compliance with SoX obligations and internal procedures
  • You negotiate with suppliers in order to generate best conditions for all stakeholders (RFQ-trend-bidding-benchmarking, etc.)
  • You identify opportunities of costs savings and set-up corporate contracts
  • You provide reports and analysis
  • You are responsible of product database accuracy for goods
  • You carry out supplier assessment and relationship
  • You act as back up support of other purchasers


Job requirements



Who are you?

A bachelor or master degree, experience in life science is a plus
A minimum of 3 years procurement experience in an international environment is required. (an experience in pharmaceutical environment or life science sector is a plus )

Good interpersonal skills and communicative strengths.

Hands-on attitude and result oriented

Working in teams is part of the daily job, so the candidate must be a teamplayer

Excellent negotiation skills

Fluent English ( Dutch and French are a plus)

Strong organizational skills with ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

Strong communication skills – both oral and written.

Problem solving and “hands on” attitude

The flexibility and independence to work in a changing and unstructured environment


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…!