Head of Procurement and ICM

Head of Procurement and ICM

  • Operations
  • Energy
  • 's-Hertogenbosch,
  • Vanaf 15 jaar werkervaring
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  • About 15 years’ related experience in internal procurement and purchasing
  • Category management expertise
  • Energy sector background 
  • Experience building a strategy based on scenarios
  • Stakeholder management skills
  • Team leadership 

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Essent, part of E.ON, is a market leader in the Dutch energy sector and in Europe’s green energy transition. The Head of Procurement and ICM will ensure the procurement function has a strategic seat at Essent’s table, and co-lead establishing E.ON’s international category management Center of Excellence.

About Essent

Essent is the market leader in supplying energy and gas to The Netherlands. Every day, the company works on finding newer and smarter ways to work together as focus, ownership, and discipline drive their success. And their straightforward approach helps retain the loyalty of millions of gas and energy consumers, businesses and energy-related products and services, while contributing to Europe’s energy transition targets.

As part of E.ON, and with the brands Essent, energiedirect.nl, Powerhouse and Vandebron, Essent makes an important impact on its customers. Their ongoing mission is to provide affordable energy solutions for everyone.

E.ON’s vision is to become the sustainable platform for Europe’s green energy transition, thanks to its innovative way of working. Their sustainability strategy includes a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become carbon-neutral by 2040.

Vacancy: Head of Procurement and ICM

The Head of Procurement and ICM is an exciting, dual-purpose role at the heart of the customer solutions business of Essent and E.ON. They will be responsible for procurement at a strategic and tactical level, and report to the COO of Essent. They will also lead the International Category Management for E.ON’s Installation Services organization, and report to the Director of Supply Chain and Procurement at E.ON.

The Head of Procurement and ICM is an experienced people manager who leads and inspires Essent’s procurement team of 22 FTEs and is responsible for its budget of several hundred million euros. They will transform the procurement function into a strategic component of the business, ensuring its position as a valued business partner. The ability to establish a data-driven understanding of trends is crucial. From geopolitical events to energy transition, it all impacts the supply and demand of energy in a highly dynamic market. And this role has the opportunity to develop a procurement strategy that takes several scenarios into account. In addition, the Head of Procurement and ICM will define strategic and operational purchasing policies for services and materials, and is responsible for claims management, contract drafting, driving supplier development, and ensuring compliance with regulations. They will collaborate with stakeholders within the business to identify new opportunities and open competitive channels.

International Category Management
E.ON’s Installation Services organization is a dynamic and growing international combination of partnerships between installers and suppliers. They work to install energy solutions for E.ON’s customers. The Head of Procurement and ICM will build an understanding of developments within the connected businesses and propose an approach to feed this into the supply chain and category management strategy. This part of the role will join the ICM Center of Excellence, with a strong focus on sharing and implementing best practices. And they will coordinate the international team across several locations.

“Essent’s procurement organization is quite mature, whereas E.ON’s International Category Management is fairly new. This makes for an exciting mix of challenges and phases in which the organization finds itself. However, in both components of the role, they have the opportunity to establish a strategic approach to the questions at hand, and set a high bar for procurement and category management excellence – Pawel Krych, Director of Supply Chain and Procurement at E.ON

This role will have the maturity to lead a sizeable procurement team while coordinating the decentralized ICM team. They have experience in the energy business and in procurement. More than a subject matter expert, they can rise above the details to maintain a clear overview. They understand the most important strategy drivers, and set the agenda for strategy creation and best practice sharing. This is a unique opportunity to make an impact by driving value for Essent, E.ON, and customers.


Essent is working with Top of Minds to fill this vacancy.
To express your interest, please contact Annelijn at annelijn.nijhuis@topofminds.com.


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