Purchasing Agent / Material Manager TEMP Position (Based in the Netherlands)

(Based the Netherlands)

During the first months of the employment the focus of this temporary position is supporting in the ERP integration within the Material Management group. This will mainly be supporting with transitioning data from the old ERP system to the new ERP system “Trend”. After the ERP integration this position will have more broader responsibilities in the role of Purchasing Agent / Material Manager (hereafter Purchasing Agent). In this position the Purchasing Agent supports the global organization in the timely ordering and replenishment of materials for the assortment parts to support the sales organization. Each Purchasing Agent has their own defined group of suppliers and is responsible for evaluating quotations, negotiating pricing and deliveries, and employ professional purchasing practices with the end in mind of ensuring consistent, cost-effective, timely and high quality value delivery.



During the first months the Purchasing Agent is responsible for:

  • Data entry activities during the ERP transition,
  • Supporting on the day to day activities related to the integration,

 During the first months the Purchasing Agent is responsible for:


  • Performing general purchasing activities for an assigned vendor or product category base, with an emphasis on developing supportive and mutually beneficial win-win relationships with suppliers,
  • Identifying the needed commodity and quantity, supply or service by utilizing a variety of available resources such as in-house reports, historical purchasing data, the ERP system, long term contracts, drawings, blueprints, purchase planners, data sheets and material and design specifications,
  • Analyzing costs and benefits of approved supplier options, making the final selection of the commodity and then place orders,
  • Identifying and proposing new and alternative suppliers, 
  • Following up with suppliers on purchased products to assure delivery schedules are maintained and seek to proactively communicate information relative to parts in jeopardy of late delivery to key stakeholders,
  • Maintaining clear and detailed records for all purchasing transactions, including notes and status updates for changes, backorders and outstanding issues; also helping to keep internal customers apprised of pertinent order information and creating a useful historical record, useful for analyzing vendor performance and generating other insightful business intelligence,
  • Responding to inquiries from vendors, CRMs and other internal customers promptly and professionally,  
  • Participating in the resolution of returns, supplier quality issues, and other vendor problems as required, 
  • Investigating and resolves stock outs, spikes in usage, supplier breakdowns, and vendor non-conformance issues as needed. 

Purchasing Agents may perform other duties from time-to-time as required to fulfill organizational needs.


What we believe is the right skill set to be successful in this position:

  • An Associate’s Degree (MBO/ HBO) or college courses in preferably in the area of Logistics, Purchasing, Supply Chain,
  • 3-4 years of experience in procurement, supply chain, materials or other related experience in a parts manufacturing or distribution environment,
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal English communications skills to converse professionally with suppliers, internal customers, and other associates.  This includes the confidence and professionalism in communication to be persuasive and negotiate for win-win outcomes,
  • Extremely detail oriented with strong organization and time management skills. Must be self-motivated and able to proactively manage time to meet deadlines and commitments,
  • Proactive and resourceful with effective problem solving skills, research, analysis and decision making skills,
  • Good knowledge of standard purchasing practices specific to manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution environments,
  • Breadth of general aviation industry knowledge such as familiarity with quality systems, FAA and other regulatory issues, etc.  
  • Strong familiarity with aircraft expendables for popular commercial airframe, engine, and accessory platforms and key suppliers, distributors, and manufacturers in the industry,
  • Computer savvy, including proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite, ERP /MRP programs (you will work in SX.e), and common Procurement Applications.



We offer

  • You will work in a great team of motivated colleagues
  • Fulltime employment (40 hours) in Alphen aan den Rijn
  • Market conform monthly salary + 8% holiday allowance
  • Travel cost allowance


Response to this vacancy

Are you excited by this job opportunity? Please respond for this job opening by submitting your CV and letter of motivation by e-mail before the 19th of October to:

Human Resource Department, ATT: Suzanne Sepers, HR@avio-diepen.com. For more information, please contact Henk Venneman, Supervisor Material Management at +31 172 449 728 or Suzanne Sepers at +31 172 449721.



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