Strategic Buyer

Full time
Bachelor, Master
Barleben - Magdeburg
Be part of high-tech innovation in Magdeburg (Barleben) in Germany. 
We invite you to join Sioux’s newest development and production location in the Magdeburg area, located in the Berlin, Hannover, Leipzig triangle. In the coming years, the future of technology will be created in this new high-tech hub. With one of World’s leading chip manufacturers, Intel, settling here, the region in and around Magdeburg will become increasingly important for the European high-tech sector. 

Join Sioux and build the future with us!
Sioux develops and produces state-of-the-art technology for the top end of the international high-tech community. Examples include a complex lithography machine, a compact electron microscope, a smart home automation system or an electric self-charging car. We raise the bar high and we often achieve the impossible. We do so together, as a team of enthusiastic electronics, software, mechanics, mechatronics and mathematics specialists.

Our Position

In our fast-growing organization your focus as a Strategic Buyer is twofold:

  • Set-up the supply chain and secure supply chain requirements for NPI (New Product Introduction) projects during the various phases in the Product Creation Process (PCP).
  • Set up and maintain strategic supplier relationships for commodities such as (high-precision) mechanical components and electronics.

You liaise with many internal and external stakeholders like engineering, supplier quality, sales, and project management to understand and challenge the required QLTC performance levels of the customers and internal organization.

You also:

  • Actively build-up and maintain supplier selections and optimize these relationships, focusing on the Central-Europe.
  • Ensure procurement of all relevant parts (including operational set up and follow up in ERP system) with a QLTC optimized/negotiated performance level.
  • Ensure ordering project specific parts in compliance with the validity of the offers and with the supplier lead-time.
  • Keep track of supplier deliveries to ensure project specific parts come in according to plan and proactively communicate/manage discrepancies to the plan.
  • Ensure that all project activities are in line with procurement and commodity strategy, where relevant.
  • Validate material costs for the project and capture them accurately in the project budget.
  • Keep track of material cost variances and escalate them to the project leader through the appropriate process (change request, etc.).
  • Take care of the relevant reporting on procurement and specific project's KPIs.
  • Preparing and negotiating about new and existing long-term purchasing contracts with (international) suppliers.
  • You also participate in generic supplier programs (also for released products/projects).
  • After finalization of the NPI project, transfer all parts towards operational organization.
  • Participate actively in improvement of procurement related processes/methods, such as NPI procedures, templates, and contractual agreements.
  • Occasionally, handle site procurement activities for indirect materials and/or services.

Your future workplace

Your Experience

  • A Bachelor of Science (technical and/or business), preferably in the area of electronics or mechatronics
  • Minimum 5 years relevant work experience in comparable function in supply chain management/procurement in the high-tech low volume industry, e.g. as commodity, project or strategic buyer.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes and respective cost drivers.
  • Extensive knowledge of ERP systems.
  • MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Knowledge of and /or experience with business processes and its challenges.
  • Experience with supplier audits and assessments.
  • Languages: German and English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Prepared to travel for work.

Our Culture

Our employees are our strength, and together we want to get the maximum out of it. That starts by offering attractive terms and conditions of employment that are in line with your needs. According to our employees, the personal attention at Sioux makes the difference. And that’s something we’re proud of. After all, to us, success is more than just a good salary. It's also about being appreciated, about being given responsibility and the ability to develop yourself.

What you can look forward to:

  • Internal training, coaching.
  • Engaging in varied work that spans different technologies, markets, and projects.
  • A competitive salary and appealing fringe benefits.
  • Flexible working hours of 32 to 40 hours per week, allowing for a healthy blend of remote work and office presence.
  • An open culture focused on collaboration, learning, and enjoyment.
  • An innovative working environment that inspires creativity and encourages forward thinking.
  • At Sioux, we are committed to ensuring that you feel appreciated and have ample opportunities to grow both personally and professionally. We strive to create an environment where collaboration, learning, and having fun go hand in hand.
Are you interested?

Your new job in 5 steps

Thank you for your interest. We are happy to share our selection process with you. Below you will find the steps we go through. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. We wish you the best of luck with your application at Sioux Technologies!

  • Interested?
    • Send us your CV and motivation letter.
  • Application received
    • One of our recruiters will review your application and get back to you asap.
  • Introduction
    • We will plan an (online) introduction with a Sioux colleague to find out if there is a match.
  • Follow-up conversation(s)
    • In follow-up conversation(s), we dive into the (technical) depth. In some cases a personality test will be part of the conversation and will be discussed with you. In other cases you will be presented with a (technical) case.
  • Both excited?
    • If we are both enthusiastic, we would like to make you an offer. We will talk you through the offer and discuss it with you. Are you already curious about our terms of employment? You can find them here for the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany.
  • Welcome to Sioux Technologies!
    • We welcome you to Sioux and wish you success with your new challenge!


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