Category Specialist

Storing vital products with care

Storing vital products with care

Join Vopak in Asia & Middle East. Make an impact.

Your role and impact:

As our Category Specialist, you will be responsible for the end to end of procurement processes, from prequalification to sourcing, selection, negotiation and evaluation of vendors. Are you ready to make an impact on our growing business in our region? Read on to find out more about this exciting job opportunity!

A rewarding place to work 

A career at Vopak means you will collaborate on work that impacts the world and be surrounded by endless opportunities to learn new skills and grow in varied directions. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to be a part of a visionary, global tank storage services leader with a heritage of over 400 years and work with some of the brightest minds in the industry. We embrace inclusion and diversity in thought and contribution and are committed to providing an equitable work environment, which is foundational to our core values as a company and is vital to our success. Besides a competitive salary package, we offer a comprehensive benefits program comprising health insurance, parental leave and wellness activities.

Who are we?

Vopak is the world's leading independent tank storage company, operating 70 terminals in 23 countries.  We store vital products such as chemicals, oils, gases, LNG and biofuels with care. With a focus on sustainability, we ensure safe, clean and efficient storage and handling of bulk liquid products and gases for our customers. By doing so, we enable the delivery of products vital for the energy, chemicals and food & agriculture industries, and to our daily lives. As a progressive and growing company, we continue transforming our portfolio and position our company strategically towards more sustainable forms of energy and feedstocks for example hydrogen and CO2.

We are committed to develop key infrastructure solutions for the world's changing energy systems, while simultaneously investing in digitalization and innovation. Vopak is listed on the Euronext Amsterdam and is headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


End to End Procurement Processes and Compliance

  • Prequalification, sourcing, selection, negotiation and evaluation of vendors for best purchase price while maintaining highest level of quality, reliability and service.
  • Originate, negotiate, finalize and maintain category contracts and agreements and ensure that vendor contracts are managed in line with the specifications of the Procurement Policies and principles, in order to develop sustainable partnerships with vendors.
  • Ensure users obtain the best value in pricing, service quality, technology, delivery and safety competency. 
  • Regular vendor evaluation, vendor scorecard management and audits.
  • Responsible for vetting and ensuring commercial Terms & Conditions (T&Cs) are in compliance with Vopak standards and policies.

Processes Improvements

  • Involve in the department's continuous improvement processes, competencies and in close collaboration with Procurement and IT functions to develop automated solutions for the generation and consolidation of procurement information to help in driving data-driven business decisions aimed towards performance tracking and bottom line improvement. 
  • Identify opportunities for cost optimization to reduce total cost of ownership for all related Operating expenses (OPEX) and Capital expenditures (CAPEX) spend.
  • Implement category strategies to drive cost savings, growth and minimizing supply chain risks.
  • Lead in coordination and implementation of all related sustaining, improvement and SHE related CAPEX projects.
  • Make recommendations to support category cost targets.

Performance Management

  • Responsible for tracking and consolidating of internal spend, potential savings and vendors' performances.
  • Ensure business data accuracy and perform cost analysis.
  • Understand sourcing requirements, develop strategies and plan for category spend and vendor base.
  • Manage percentage savings for all identified OPEX and CAPEX spend.
  • Manage increase in spend influence and spend under framework contract
  • Maintain database regarding internal spend, vendors performance etc.
  • Support other Procurement functions but not limited to tendering and supplier management.


  • Degree in Supply Chain/Business/Engineering or related studies.
  • At least 5 years of hands-on exercised in Contract Management, Procurement, Supply Management and Negotiation, preferably in a similar industry.
  • Strong commercial awareness and experience of Contract Law.
  • Proven experience in contract negotiations & vendor management.
  • Strong negotiation and communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills and good eye for details to support reporting.
  • A quick-learner, a good team player as well as possess the aptitude to work well independently.
  • Good interpersonal skills and enjoys working in a dynamic environment
  • IT-savvy, proficient in Microsoft Office and ERP systems (e.g. Oracle, Ariba etc.).

How to apply?

Are you the Category Specialist we are looking for? We are interested in learning more about you. Apply to be part of our Procurement team. To send your application, click the 'apply' button. For more information about the vacancy, please email

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This Job Description is not intended to be all-inclusive. The employee may cover other related duties to meet the ongoing organizational needs.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, gender, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age'.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

The successful candidate will be awarded a local employment contract.

Sollicitatie procedure

Stap 1
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1e interview
Stap 3
Online assessment
Stap 4
2e interview
Stap 5

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