Purchaser - Category Buyer Commercial and Medical - Leiden,NL

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), Basel (Switzerland) and in Boston (US).


We are 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 Purchaser - Category Buyer Commercial and Medical - Leiden,NL


Scope of your job

Within Procurement, Sales-Marketing and Medical categories are critical subcategories within the successful story of Galapagos. These categories include Marketing, Internal/External Communications, Market Research and Medical Affairs and represent a significant value creation opportunity in term of portfolio implementation.


In the categories, the you are accountable to contribute to implement end-to-end sourcing strategies for goods and services, in alignment with these relevant stakeholders.


You will drive value and enhance a business collaborating with new and growing commercial operations teams.

You will drive and monitor adherence to the agreed sourcing strategies and will provide easy-to-use procurement tools to business users.


You will:

  • build strong internal collaboration and sponsorship with stakeholders to deliver the procurement value
  • understand business needs to efficiently support them in RFP performance, negotiations, benchmarks and bid defense
  • contribute to the creation, update and implementation of purchasing tools (RFP-RFQ)
  • constantly dig on the market to bring innovative solution and suppliers
  • create and manage a pool of suppliers through Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) methods
  • understand the supplier’s cost structure in order to analyse efficiently the cost drivers
  • execute purchasing requisitions  to support the business needs in compliance with Corporate policies and procedures
  • create and share best practices to support the global team and future countries teams.
  • ,systematically and efficiently, support in legal contract review, approval of financial terms and conditions, compliance to maximize financial and operational performance and minimize risk.
  • ensure, apply and deploy integrity of the procurement strategy that satisfy efficiency, regulatory, quality and savings goals
  • ensure integrity of the internal processing in compliance with SOx obligations and internal procedures
  • be back up support of other purchasers


Job requirements

Who are you?

  • Master’s degree in purchasing, economics, business administration with knowledge of marketing and commercial activities is a very significant plus.
  • A minimum of 3 years in an international environment with at least 1 year of experience in pharmaceutical/life sciences marketing procurement is required
  • Excellent communication skills and team spirit are essential for success. You should be able to work within an organization of highly educated, experienced professionals. 
  • You have a high energy level and a drive to set up the right process culture within the fast growing and changing organization of Galapagos
  • You are result driven, dynamic and flexible
  • SAP knowledge is a plus
  • Fluency in English, and French or Dutch is a plus

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…!