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 Procurement Process, 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 71 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. 


  • Responsible for the procurement process: Prequalification, sourcing, selection, negotiation and evaluation of vendors for best purchase price while maintaining the 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 Buyer's scope and Oracle Cloud System (OCS) key user

  • Responsible for vetting and ensuring commercial terms & conditions are in compliance with Vopak standards

  • Responsible for identifying opportunities for continuous process improvements to drive cost savings: Identify opportunities for cost reduction to reduce total cost of ownership for all related Opex and Capex spend

  • Involvement in continuous improvement to improve Procurement Process, Department's Competence and Information Management

  • Implement category strategies to drive cost savings, growth and minimizing supply chain risk

  • Lead in coordination and implementation of all related sustaining, improvement and SHE related Capex projects

  • Responsible for tracking and consolidating internal spend for reporting: Consolidate and Manage internal spend and vendor base

  • Understand sourcing requirements, develop strategy and plan for category spend and vendor base

  • Manage percentage savings for identified Influenceable Opex spend, for all related sustaining, improvement and Capex spend

  • Manage increase in spend influence and spend under framework contract

  • Ensure consolidation and reporting of such spend and potential savings for management reporting


  • At least 5 years of relevant Buyer's scope, Contract Management, Supply Management and Negotiation, preferably in a similar industry, and at least 3 years' experience in procurement, sales, business development, project management, plant operations, or product supply

  • Degree in Supply Chain/Business/Engineering or related studies

  • Strong commercial awareness and experience of Contract Law

  • Proven experience in contract negotiations & vendor management

  • Strong negotiation and communication skills

  • Analytical and decisive with high initiative

  • A quick-learner, a good team player as well as possess the aptitude to work well independently

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Proficient in MS Office application and ERP system

  • Fluent spoken & written English

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 Sourcing & 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.

Application process

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1st interview
Step 3 (optional)
Online assessment
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2nd interview
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