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Purchasing Analyst

Date: Feb 1, 2019

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands, NL

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 114178 

Additional Work Location(s) ​​​​​:  

Harman is looking for a Purchasing Analyst . The role would initially be for a period of 6 to 12 months, with the possibility of extension to a permanent position after.

For this reason the payroll will be outsourced to a third party. 


The Purchasing Analyst (Planner) is the central point of contact between the EMEA Supply Chain team and the centralized Global Supply Chain team in Shenzhen (China). He/she will monitor the purchasing process, sets priorities, and confirms ways of transportation. The job includes monitoring demand generated by the ERP system, pre-shipping management, projects and reporting for the EMEA Lifestyle Consumer Audio business unit. Besides this, he/she is responsible for planning of Value Added Services at the 3PL warehouse.

The Purchasing Analyst reports to the Associate Dir. Purchasing & Freight-In.



Job Responsibilities:


  • Daily operational contact with GSCM team in Shenzhen (China) and peers in other regions
  • Execute and drive direct shipment process
  • Optimization of supply to central warehouse / direct business
  • Daily operational contact with internal stakeholders in (Product) Marketing, Logistics and Sales
  • Any special “project” support with regards to supply planning
  • Scheduling of VAS / rework activities at 3PL


Process / reporting

  • Inventory control + highlight and report exceptions
  • Provide Finance department with supply projections per month
  • NPI planning – cross departmental alignment on first volume ordering
  • Safety stock calculations / maintenance
  • Buffer stock calculations / maintenance
  • Backorder reporting / tracking and initiate recovery plans


Project / Analytic support

  • Execute assigned projects
  • Initiates and implements improvement supply chain projects
  • Creates / input to monthly Departmental report




Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in the field of e.g. Supply Chain management / Logistics
  • 3-5 years’ work experience in the own discipline
  • Candidate must be fluent in English
  • Dutch language skills are to be considered to be an advantage.
  • Operates independently on specific work field
  • Experience with MS office suite, strong knowledge of MS excel highly preferred
  • Experience with SAP is highly preferable






Preferred Qualifications & Desired Competencies:



  • You can be counted on to execute and get things done
  • You ensure quality in all aspects of your work
  • You take pride and ownership in your work


  • You consider the short and long-term impact of your actions
  • You recognize when to escalate issues and when to ask for help to take appropriate action
  • When initial efforts fail, you are open to suggested alternatives and try different approaches


  • You listen well to understand instead of reacting fast
  • You communicate clearly, respectfully and with conviction
  • You have a global mindset and demonstrate cultural awareness

Change Orientation

  • You seek ways to improve, streamline and/or reinvent processes within your area of control
  • You reframe issues to find new and pragmatic solutions to solve problems or meet customer needs
  • You shift strategy or approach in response to the demands of a situation


  • You ask for and deliver feedback
  • You take actions to develop yourself
  • You take accountability for your actions


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to work 5 days a week in our office in Amsterdam, The Netherlands




HARMAN ( designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things.  With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. HARMAN is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or Protected Veterans status.  HARMAN offers a great work environment, challenging career opportunities, professional training and competitive compensation. Looking for a challenge where your experience is valued? Come see what you can achieve as a leader with HARMAN!  (

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