Buyer Marketing & Technology

Amsterdam, Netherlands
18 Jul 2021
25 Jul 2021
Full Time
The Team

The Procurement department at PVH Europe focuses on all indirect (non-merchandise) purchases and functions as an internal consultant for the rest of the organization. The team drives strategic sourcing processes that allows the business to ensure sustainable sourcing in a standardized environment with a compliant, managed supply chain. One of the department's objectives is to provide detailed information on the operational spend and identifies where savings can be made. The team researches the market for new vendors that can deliver valuable services/goods to PVH and executes tenders to ensure the best product for the best price delivered at the best time. By using extensive processes of contract management and vendor management, we ensure that the vendor base keeps optimally performing for the organization. The Procurement department has strong collaboration with every aspect of the business and advises on new possibilities. Additionally, there is a strong focus on enabling our vendors to help implement our company's sustainability targets.

The Procurement department at PVH Europe is structured according to the principle of category management. This position is for a Buyer which covers sourcing for the Technology and Marketing departments. The Technology area includes traditional ICT procurement, such as purchasing hardware, software and infrastructure, but also includes strategic digital business transformation projects. The Marketing area includes traditional marketing services such as advertising, media, creative agencies, but also includes a wide variety of digital initiatives. The overlap between sourcing for the Technology and Marketing departments will thus be one focused on digital.

The Position

The Buyer is expected to maintain a wide variety of relationships with all category relevant internal stakeholders, next to all external vendor relationships. The candidate needs to have an entrepreneurial mindset, is expected to independently develop and to promote proper procurement processes across the business. Within the Central Procurement department they will also align with buyers responsible for other categories (e.g. Omnichannel, Supply Chain, Professional Services etc.) share knowledge and mentor the Procurement Coordinators in the team, involving them in projects and sharing best practices. Additional cross-functional projects with departments such as Finance, Legal, Sustainability, Facilities and Retail will occur. Overall, the candidate is to have excellent communication, diplomacy, negotiation and organizational skills.


  • Working cross functionally with multiple departments and independently develop and maintain relationships with internal stakeholders
  • Setup, lead and execute RFx projects for the Technology category
  • Become subject matter expert in the assigned fields of everything Marketing, Digital and Tech
  • Mentor and guide procurement coordinators to experts in the field of procurement
  • Analyse and negotiate prices/costs for (new) products and services
  • Align with the Legal department to ensure contractual agreements are in place for all vendors
  • Develop and review KPIs and SLAs for key vendors
  • Perform market analysis in search of new vendors and innovative solutions
  • Maintain vendor spend and savings details for the category and report to key stakeholders
  • Support the category Procurement Manager with financial reporting
  • Establish and maintain regular communication with all suppliers on quality, delivery and price levels
  • Engage in various sustainability related project representing the procurement angle
  • Prepare business cases (with cost-benefit analysis and ROI analysis)
  • Execute vendor performance ratings
  • Analyse measures of sustainability implementation

The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role, excellent stakeholder management skills are key. The pace within the company is high and projects and priorities move quickly. The Procurement team operates as a business partner and needs to anticipate business requirements. Our ideal candidate therefore has very strong communication & interpersonal skills, can be persuasive when needed and thrives in a hectic and everchanging environment.

Besides these personal skills, we will be looking for:

  • Bachelor's degree in area of economics, econometrics, business, finance or supply chain management. Procurement, purchasing and supply chain qualifications (CIPS/NEVI) are preferred
  • Minimum 4 years of relevant Procurement experience of which 2 as a Buyer
  • For this team, experience as an indirects buyer in the Marketing, digital/IT space is a must
  • Experience with procurement processes, systems and strategies and working knowledge of contract management and value engineering principles
  • Team player, open-minded and international mindset, able to adopt the company culture and to build relationships with colleagues & suppliers spread over Europe
  • Excellent written and spoken language skills in English and ability to work in a multi-cultural & multi-lingual environment
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and contract negotiation skills
  • Excellent organization and project management skills especially planning, budget and time management
  • High standards of sustainability
  • Passionate about (digital) innovation

What You Can Expect from Us:
  • Acompanyculturethat fostersdevelopment, offering trainingand learning opportunities through our very own PVH University
  • An international environment which respects diversity, equality,and individuality
  • Amonthly Covid home- office budget
  • Asmart work programthatempowers ourassociates to workfrom home in the Netherlands, withina flexible schedule
  • Abeautifulstate-of-the-artCampus awaiting you upon our return to the office

Please include a cover letter with your application. We would love to know why this is THE role for you!

PVH Europe and ourbrands,TOMMY HILFIGER and CALVIN KLEIN, are committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse community of associates with a strong sense of belonging. We believe we are bettered by all forms of diversity, and take pride in working with top talent from every walk of life and corner of the world. In the spirit of inclusivity, qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, ethnicity, ability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation.

COVID-19and Working at PVH

As we continue to navigate the impact ofCOVID-19 and look ahead to shaping our new ways of working, the health, safety and well-being of our associates remains our #1 priority. This means all of our teams, including HR, work a bit differently*.Our Recruiting processis conducted remotely, primarilyvia phone and video calls.New hires will be welcomed through an adapted, at-home onboarding program. Equipment will be delivered safely to your front doors.

We will continue to work this way until September 2021, and are looking to shape a more hybrid work-from-home / office model in the coming months.

Should your application be successful, our Talent Acquisition Team will outline the recruitment process andCovidWork policies in your initial call.

*Please note that should you be applying for a role at our PVH Studios, or in our distribution facilities, the hybrid model already applies.


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