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Strategic Buyer

Utrecht, Netherlands

Job description

Who we are

Vitestro will be the first to bring autonomous blood drawing technology to European hospitals. Blood drawing, performed billions of times per year worldwide, is key to clinical diagnosis. Given the mounting shortages of healthcare personnel and global population growth, there is a clear need for a future-proof system to guarantee continuity of care.

To help solve this problem we are developing an autonomous blood drawing device. We are the first in the world to develop a fully autonomous blood-drawing device using a combination of state-of-the-art A.I. and robotics. The venipuncture device uses infrared and ultrasound to localize the vein in the arm of the patient. A robotic positioning system controls the interaction between the ultrasound probe and the arm of the patient, while an ultrasound probe creates a 3D image of the vein using artificial intelligence (A.I.). The optimal insertion location is determined by the software algorithms to position the robotic needle insertion in the middle of the vein, ensuring accurate and secure blood collection. The procedure is performed fully automatically, from tourniquet to bandage application.

We are ambitious and strongly believe that we have only just started. Technology lies at our core: multidisciplinary team primarily consists of highly specialized hardware and software engineers. We also have our own medical team, driving clinical trials together with our clinical partners.

About the job

Vitestro is looking for a purchaser/buyer to join the team. You will be responsible to drive our day to day and our long term supplier interactions. Together with Vitestro’s hardware development team, production team and financial controller you will manage both our regular and strategic suppliers.

You are responsible for:

  • Co-develop Vitestro’s supplier strategy balancing Quality, Technology, Logistics & Cost (QLTCS)
  • In the lead for make/buy decisions and supplier selection processes
  • Negotiate and drive supplier contracts and long-term agreements
  • Manage day-to-day contact with suppliers
  • Buy and track planning of all components
  • Flag and resolve supplier escalations in time
  • Track supplier performance by executing supplier reviews

Job requirements

What we are looking for

  • At least 4 years of experience in the procurement industry
  • Our ideal candidate has commercial & procurement experience with a technical background
  • Demonstrable achievements in managing supplier relations while demanding maximum supplier performance
  • Strong analytical skills, eye for detail & planning
  • Strong negotiator with the ability to drive cost down
  • Ability to identify and structure issues independently
  • Strong vision of supplier landscape
  • Excellent communication skills, in particular strong in writing and speaking in English
  • Affinity with technology and medical products
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably technical background
  • Note: speaking Dutch is not required for this position.

What we offer

  • Competitive salary including pension plan
  • Stock option package, to become co-owner
  • An inspiring working environment
  • Work with driven and talented colleagues, that love to realize breakthroughs
  • Experience an open culture, where direct feedback is strongly encouraged
  • Focus on team play, including frequent out-of-work activities (such as ski-trips)
  • Daily lunches in the office

We need a go-getter who enjoys solving one of the toughest challenges. We are looking for someone who gets enthusiastic about reaching our goals as a team. A fit with our team values is important which are: Contribution to Patient care, Realizing breakthroughs, Team play, Ownership & Dedication, and Champions League (playing at the highest level).

For questions, please contact Mandla Malaba,

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