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Team Lead Purchasing Operations (m/f/d)

Team Lead Purchasing Operations (m/f/d)

Field of Work:  Procurement

Berlin, Berlin, DE

ID:  55

In KWS Berlin we are looking for a Team Lead Purchasing Operations (m/f/d) for our Global Transaction Center as part of our ONEGLOBE initiative. Team Lead Purchasing Operations (m/f/d) collaborates with the Head of GTC Procurement and IT to provide effective and highly efficient transactional processes to ensure the Business Units and R&D can focus on their core business. While achieving operational excellence through continuous improvement, the GTC Procurement ensures internal and external customer inquiries of transactional services are delivered in a competent and timely manner. Purchasing expert role, responsibility for a team of buyers and clerks, give procurement support to the global organization on an operational level. Work in close cooperation with the Procurement Expert Hubs. This job will be unlimited and in full-time.


Your tasks:

  • Leads, guides, and develops a team of procurement associates
  • Oversees and manages procurement transactions along the Source-to-Pay process to assure the effective, efficient, and timely delivery of procurement services
  • Analyzes existing processes and systems for further potential of standardization, digitalization, and automation and develops sound recommendations and actions plans
  • Collaborates closely with other teams in the Global Transaction Center (GTC) Procurement, with the Expert Hub Procurement, as well as cross-functional with Controlling, Finance, and HR


Your profile:

  • Preferably academic degree in Business Administration or related field
  • 5-10 years of professional experience in the fields of strategic sourcing, purchasing operations, and/or Purchase-to-Pay (P2P), preferably professional experience within a Global Business Services / Shared Service Center organization
  • Sound knowledge of source-to-pay / purchase-to-pay processes as well as a deep understanding of purchasing operations, vendor risk and compliance procedures and related IT solutions (SAP MM, SAP SRM, Ariba, Coupa, etc.)
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken) and a second language (German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, Turkish), additional language skills would be very beneficial
  • Process-driven team leader and player with analytical skills, solid judgment and decision making capabilities, and extraordinary service attitude
  • Excellent communication and influencing abilities, with the capacity to build trusting relationships


About KWS
KWS is one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies. With the tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for more than 160 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugar beet, cereals, potato, rapeseed and sunflowers. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods. 5.147 employees represent KWS in more than 70 countries.
For more information: www.kws.com. Follow us on LinkedIn® at https://linkedin.com/company/kwsgroup/.

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