Supply Chain and Purchasing Manager

Vimec is the leader in Glass Inspection and Monitoring Solutions for the world-wide industry of pharmaceutical primary packaging glass. Vimec’s inspection systems ensure the production quality of ampules, vials, syringes, and cartridges by measuring and inspecting these glass packages from a dimensional and cosmetic perspective. Vimec is part of the Tiama S.A.S. group.

Each role in our organization is challenging and allows you to interact with passionate people, creating solutions for worldwide customers in a technically challenging environment.

Job description summary

The supply chain manager is responsible for the supply chain strategy and its execution in a fabless production model. Moreover, he/is will be team lead of the supply chain, purchasing & production team at Vimec.

About the job

As the Vimec supply chain manager, you should professionalize the procurement strategy and execution, as well as the suppliers panel management. You should contribute to the reduction of the number of suppliers and the number of SKUs according to the strategy of the holding Kestrel Vision. Besides this, you must review and negotiate all purchasing terms and conditions to optimize the payment conditions. You must be able to define and execute a COGS reduction plan.

The supply manager manages the full supply chain, including setting up and maintaining a 12-month rolling components forecast based on the sales forecast. You will define the contracts with all suppliers including inventory management, blanket orders, delivery times, etc. You will manage the inventory with continuous improvements to reduce stock and shorten delivery times. Moreover, you must continue the actions to become fabless – meaning the production fully outsourced – with all the tools and the appropriate organization while keeping a full control and visibility on content of BOMs and costs of components. Together with the production lead you will plan and execute the purchasing and production of our machines & products. You must define the manufacturing standard times and work to reduce these.

The supply manager acts as team lead in the Vimec organization. In this role you will lead a team of manufacturing, logistics and purchasing professionals. You will build and strengthen this team, for example by having regular HR appraisal meetings. You will cooperate closely with other team leaders and the Vimec management team to execute the strategy and reach the Vimec targets.

You will be acting in an autonomous way and are able to plan and organize your activities. You are precise, fluent in English in both writing and verbally. You are capable of regularly reporting the status of the supply chain in a concise and accurate way. In this position you report directly to the manager operations. You are situated at our office in Eindhoven.

Summary tasks and opportunities

  • Lead the Vimec supply chain and production team
  • Professionalize the procurement strategy
  • Review purchasing terms and conditions
  • Define and execute COGS reduction plan, ensuring purchasing costs are optimized, initiating cost reduction actions considering TCO
  • Set up and maintain components forecast
  • Set up contracts with suppliers including payment terms
  • Manage the stock
  • Improve the fabless production model
  • Improve the supply chain processes and integrate these in our ERP system and other tooling
  • Execute analyses on the supply chain and report the results
  • Create and deliver management reports regularly
  • Follow and help to improve monthly financial KPIs related to supply chain: DPO, DIOH, gross margin, shipment delays,…
  • Lean management and continuous improvement implementation
  • Being proactive and contributing to the improvement of purchasing & Supply chain systems and processes
  • Manage inventory and establishes controls to ensure the organization is operating at the highest level of performance based on key performance metrics and minimized supply chain risk
  • Anticipating risks related to the market, to the suppliers, and to product obsolescence, in collaboration with suppliers and R&D
  • Supplier Quality and supplier performance follow up
  • Coordinate phase In/out of products
  • Lead SC & purchasing roles during development phases, R&D Project involvement


HBO/Academic working and thinking level

Strong experience in Purchasing in a medium size company

Minimally 5 years’ experience as supply chain manager

Knowledge and affinity with mechanical & electronical systems (mechatronics)

Proficient in IT tooling like our ERP system Trimergo

Soft skills

  • Ability to take decisions in accordance with Vimec processes,
  • Strong leadership
  • Proven ability to manage complexity
  • Strong analytic capacities
  • Strong critical thinking and negotiation skills
  • Strong adaptability, planning, and organizational skills
  • Ability to listen, empathy
  • Ability to persuade

What we offer

  • Competitive salary
  • A culture of growth in an ambitious, international organization
  • An open atmosphere, freedom and room for authenticity
  • Variable office hours
  • Fantastic, skilled, and unique colleagues
  • Challenging and innovating environment
  • Room for personal growth and development


Are you interested, or know anyone who wants to grow with us ?