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Software Buyer

Netherlands, Zuid-Holland, NoordwijkESA/ESTEC

Job description

We are looking for an experienced Software Buyer on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) for their location in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, to support their Corporate Business Process Management office.

Please note, the successful candidate will be employed by ATG Europe and not by ESA.

The successful candidate will be tasked with, but not limited to:

  • Report to the Corporate Business Process Manager, the Buyer is responsible for optimal selection of suppliers and products to ensure the best usage of resources and technology for the Agency;
  • Overseeing market trends with a focus on IT Infrastructure providers for Computer Hardware, Software and networking products;
  • Analysis and assessment of trends in the market, build and maintain relationships with market leaders to understand and report on innovative technology to the management;
  • Monitor the product line up and future product roadmaps of existing IT suppliers for the agency;
  • Analyse and utilise for the agency the competitive developments of key vendors in the market;
  • Engage in regular meetings with vendors and suppliers for price negotiations;
  • Issue Request for Quotations and Tenders (RFQ/RFT) to test the market and select the optimal suppliers for the agency;
  • Participate in Tender evaluation to support the board while selecting suppliers.

Job requirements

  • Master’s Degree and a minimum of 4 years of relevant professional working experience;
  • Experience in participating in tender evaluation and related processes;
  • Experience in preparing documentation for RFI/ RFQ/ RFP/RFTs;
  • Experience with SW purchasing and management of licenses is a strong asset;
  • Understanding of Enterprise-grade IT/ICT products would be an asset;
  • Aptitude for technology evolution;
  • Financial acumen;
  • Proven analytical skills;
  • Proven negotiation skills;
  • Strong planning capabilities and a methodical approach to work;
  • Excellent written/spoken communication skills;
  • Sound knowledge of the English language is mandatory, the knowledge of another European language is an asset;
  • Keen on innovation and proactiveness approach;
  • A positive attitude and a good team spirit;
  • An aptitude for effective communication and collaboration in an international and challenging environment.


Netherlands, Noordwijk