Purchasing Manager Non-Food / Accessories – Own Brands

Job description

Number 1 in Europe!

zooplus AG is Europe’s leading online retailer of pet supplies. With over 8 million active customers in more than 30 European countries and 1.842 billion Euro revenue in 2020, zooplus is comfortably the market leader in the online segment. At zooplus, we believe e-commerce to be the sales model of today and for the future. E-commerce has become one of the fastest developing areas of business. Modern logistics centers, and the use of and personalization, mean that online sales can be handled with increasing efficiency.

Our employees are the key to our success!

The zooplus team currently consists of more than 1.000 interdisciplinary specialists and managers from more than 50 countries. So we can remain successful against our competitors in the future too, we are looking for individuals who can develop our business and help create a positive corporate culture by not only demonstrating versatile professional and methodological expertise, but also by showing a passion for performance, analysis and a solution-based approach. This includes dealing with rapid changes, intensive networking and an in-depth understanding of technology, the digital market and the business model's value-added chain.

We are looking for a Purchasing Manager for our non-food private label portfolio. In this position you will develop and manage a vast network of global suppliers and show strong initiatives in identifying new sourcing opportunities. You will work closely with the product management team to build sustainable and effective business practices and long-term partnerships. Your eyes will be always on the value chain within an efficient e-commerce environment and you thrive on process optimizations.

Your responsibilities will be:

  • Management of a portfolio of international suppliers through active network maintenance and profound supplier analyses
  • Ownership of key commercial topics such as TCO (total cost of ownership), value chain and product availability
  • Evaluation of different sourcing options in consideration of total costs, NWC (net working capital) costs and risks in procurement and development of strategic and conceptual decision papers
  • Independent management and lead of annual negotiations as well as ad-hoc issues
  • Pro-active and data-driven root-cause analyses identifying sustainable solutions
  • Full control over commercial terms including prices, purchasing conditions, logistic framework and ad-hoc negotiations
  • Preparation and drafting of annual agreements with all suppliers and continuous contract management
  • Monitoring of the relevant procurement markets and sourcing for new suppliers and other sources of supply
  • Continuous optimization of processes, communication channels 
  • Central contact for all questions concerning supplier performance
  • Quantity planning and coordination of sales forecasts with disposition and suppliers
  • Operational supplier support in close cooperation with product management, accounting and the disposition team e.g. ensuring the availability of goods, clarification of invoice differences, exchange of master data, implementation of agreed conditions, enquiry of spot offers or annual/quarterly end offers, participation in supplier visits
  • Regular maintenance and necessary additions/optimizations of existing reports for the divisional and company management with regard to supplier performance indicators
  • Implementation of strategic purchasing projects
  • Close interface with product management, logistics, replenishment, finance and quality management


  • University degree in business administration / economics or comparable vocational training
  • 3+ years of relevant professional experience in either purchasing, procurement or buying departments, ideally in the retail or consumer goods sector
  • Proven track record of working in a multi-cultural and international environment with multiple stakeholders (internal and external)
  • Sound negotiation tactics and techniques with a multi-faceted approach to solving complex issues
  • Strong background in building sustainable partnerships and commercial relationships
  • Very strong analytical skills and profound experience in handling key business figures related to a fast-moving retail business
  • Basic understanding of global supply chain, logistics and freight parameters are desired
  • Sourcing experience in East Asia and Europe are a strong plus
  • Experience in the e-commerce industry is a strong plus
  • Profound knowledge of MS office, particularly Excel
  • Project management experience is desired
  • Business fluent in English, language skills in Spanish and/or German is a plus

What we are offering you

Become a part of our success story and seize the opportunity to take on a real challenge in a dynamically growing company where there is huge scope for development and short decision-making processes. We are offering you a versatile, international-facing role in our motivated team with colleagues from all over Europe. Additionally, we offer many benefits such as:

      28 labour days of vacation (plus December 24th and 31st)

      Flexibility first. Enter from 7 am to 10 am and organise yourself.

      🏠 Remote working flexibility (up to 60% remote).

      🏬 Offices in the city center of Madrid. Modern working spaces with table tennis, foosball, fresh fruit, beverages and company events.

      🏥 Private medical healthcare insurance for all our employees.

      📖 Continuous development through internal and external training opportunities.

      🎤 Participate in the technology community through our meetups and conferences.

      ✏ English, German and Spanish language courses.

      💲 Discount in our zooplus shop for all our employees.

      🤝 Referral program. You will receive a bonus by helping us finding the best talent.

      🌍 We encourage diversity, meet our motivated and friendly teammates from over 50 nationalities.

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