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Associate Procurement - South America (m/w/d

Associate Procurement - South America (m/w/d

Field of Work:  Procurement

Berlin, BE, DE

Legal Entity:  KWS Berlin GmbH (0017)
Contract Type:  Regular
Is Full Time?:  Yes
Onsite/ Remote:  Hybrid Working Within Country
Job ID:  12789

At KWS Berlin, we are looking for an Operational Buyer for our operations in South America within the Global Transaction Center as part of our ONEGLOBE initiative. He/She is responsible to ensure effective and highly efficient transactional processes, while providing  state of the art transactional services daily to internal and external stakeholders. The role works closely with the Team Coordinator of the respective area to support proper task coverage and workload distribution, while collaborating with the Lead of GTC Procurement Team to support the roadmap execution. He/She guides and supports business users in all relevant aspects. Also the role drives continuous process improvement and facilitates the standardization, digitalization, and automation of the of the end-to-end source-to-pay process.


Your responsibilities:

  • Process purchase requisitions, orders, and contracts for Goods & Services as per defined scope and in accordance to the defined service level agreement (SLA).
  • Process requests from internal users via the internal ticketing system in accordance to the defined service level agreement (SLA).
  • Conduct and analyze requests for quotations (RFQs) and executes tactical buying for Goods and Services for defined thresholds and spend categories.
  • Monitor the spending patterns in the supported KWS legal entities and provide suggestions on potential catalog implementation for defined spend categories.
  • Supports KWS legal entity integration plan as applicable performing the necessary tasks during the process roll-out, including knowledge transfer, testing and user training.
  • Drive PO quota improvement initiatives in the supported legal entities to increase compliance and process adherence.
  • Provide end-user education and trainings on the procurement process and tools.
  • Support end-to-end process application by collaborating closely with the other departments (Accounts Payable, ExHub Procurement, Master Data Management, General Ledger and Controlling, Global IT etc.)
  • Execute activities based on process documentation and drive standardization by addressing any deviations proactively.
  • Foster relationships internally and externally and contribute to a positive team atmosphere.


Your profile:

  • Preferably academic degree in Business Administration or related field
  • Sound knowledge of general procurement processes
  • Preferably two or more years of professional experience in procurement
  • Experience in shared service centers
  • Experience in working in ERP systems (preferably SAP)
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Customer orientation and extraordinary service attitude
  • Analytical skills and hands-on mentality to solve problems
  • Result-oriented and solution-driven mindset with focus on high quality
  • Process-driven team player with solid judgment and decision-making capabilities
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to maintain accuracy in a fast-paced environment
  • Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, any other language is an advantage (Romanian, Hungarian)


Our offer for you:

  • We are an international team of open-minded people with diverse and cross-functional experience,
  • Interesting and challenging tasks and projects,
  • As a family business, we are guided by the values of closeness, reliability, vision and independence; this culture is lived in practice and ensures an open and friendly working atmosphere from day one,
  • The best of both worlds: KWS Berlin combines the security of a large, stable company with the passion of a start-up,
  • Our location in the heart of Berlin-Schöneberg is very modern; directly opposite the underground station Bülowstraße and with secured car & bicycle parking spaces,
  • We offer 30d holidays, flexible working hours, holiday and Christmas bonuses, company pension scheme, JobRad and/or Jobticket,
  • True to our motto "Make yourself grow", we support the professional and personal development of our employees.


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About KWS
KWS is one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies. Over 5,000 employees in more than 70 countries generated net sales of around €1.5 billion in the fiscal year 2021/2022. A company with a tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for 165 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugarbeet, cereals, vegetables, oilseed rape and sunflower. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods to continuously improve yield for farmers and plants’ resistance to diseases, pests and abiotic stress. To that end, the company invested more than €285 million last fiscal year in research and development. For more information: Follow us on LinkedIn® at

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