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Purchaser Lankhorst Taselaar

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Lankhorst Taselaar BV is an international wholesaler in the field of watersport articles. From its head office in Heerenveen and its branch in Rheine (Germany), Lankhorst Taselaar BV supplies more than 12,000 different products to water sports related companies such as water sports shops, shipyards, sailmakers etc. in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, England, Ireland, Spain and Denmark. All goods are stored and distributed from its central warehouse in Heerenveen. The product portfolio consists of many well-known A-brands and private label brand, Talamex

Lankhorst Taselaar is an affiliated company of Brunswick Corporation, one of America's longest established businesses. Brunswick Corporation endeavours to install "Genuine Ingenuity" in all of its leading consumer brands.

Lankhorst Taselaar is part of Mercury Marine, a $2.44 billion division of Brunswick Corporation. With a network of 6,000 dealers, Mercury is the world’s leading manufacturer of recreational marine propulsion engines. It provides engines, boats, services and parts to recreational, commercial and government users. Mercury’s industry-leading brand portfolio includes Mercury and Mariner outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrives and inboard engines; MotorGuide trolling motors; Attwood, Garelick and Whale marine parts and accessories; Land 'N' Sea, Kellogg Marine, Lankhorst Taselaar, Payne’s Marine and BLA parts and accessories distributors.

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In your role of Purchaser, you are responsible for purchasing goods, such that they meet the set specifications and are available on time and at optimal conditions.

You ensure a careful analysis of the available stocks for the product groups assigned to you, so that they are constantly at the desired level. You keep abreast of the developments in the market and the product groups for which you are responsible for, with the relative suppliers, in order to be able to fulfill the current and future customers' needs. You support the sales department with the execution of special product order processes.

A creative and pro-active contribution is also expected to further develop the product portfolio of Lankhorst Taselaar.

Main accountabilities:

  • You purchase goods in such a way that they are available in time, under optimum conditions and according to the required specifications. To achieve this:
    • You ensure the placing and follow-up of the orders, ensuring the purchasing correspondence
    • You adjust the order quantities in relation to changed consumption and demand patterns, minimum order quantities and the like
    • You solve delivery problems
  • You timely inform your internal stakeholders about (impending) deviations in planned delivery times, product specifications, etc.
  • You make proposals to optimize the product range of Lankhorst Taselaar. To achieve this:
    • You analyze the current product portfolio and make proposals for changes and / or optimization of the product portfolio
    • You explore the market at home and abroad and make proposals for potential suppliers and potential products
  • You analyze the chain for risks, throughput times, delivery reliability, number of suppliers, purchasing costs as a share in the product (cost price reduction), management costs
  • You ensure that the assigned product groups meet the correct specifications for the relevant market (s) such as packaging, manuals, approvals, etc.
  • You draw up purchase plans in close cooperation with sales and logistics
  • You introduce new products from A-Z (eg market research, sourcing, price positioning, packaging, compliance, introduction, promotion materials, sales actions etc)
  • You negotiate and ensures contracting deals
  • You work with aftersales/inside sales department to ensure that after service meets the defined standards: claims are documented, timely solved to the customer and analysed for structural improvements towards suppliers

  • You provide support to the Sales department and distributors through the implementation of new programs and development of tools to optimize sales like sales and margin analysis, price trends. Actively shares best practices with colleagues on the field responsible to sell

  • You coordinate and help Marketing to build that proper material is available and is provided timely (product related catalogues, brochures, point of sales material, web site, information via extranet and press information …)


  • Education: at HBO level, eg HEAO;
  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Excel;
  • Ability to quickly acquire an ERP system
  • Knowledge of the procurement processes and documents such as supplier conditions, Inco terms, basic customs legislation, tariffs, etc;
  • Minimum 5 years work experience;
  • (Technical) knowledge of and / or active participation in water sports is an advantage;
  • Willingness to travel;
  • You have a passion for the purchasing profession and you want to develop further
  • Required competences:
  • Excellent contact and communicative qualities;
  • Be able to work both as a team and independently;
  • Numerical insight linked to a good analytical ability.


Good command of Dutch and English, both verbal and written.


Lankhorst Taselaar BV offers to you:

  • an informal driven work environment
  • the opportunity to develop further in the world of purchasing and water sports
  • a competitive salary package in line with your experience & expertise

  • Placed on:Wed 11 July 2018
  • Location: Heerenveen, The Netherlands

Brunswick Marine in EMEA Inc.

Parc Industriel de Petit-Rechain, Avenue Mercury 8
4800 Verviers

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