Category Manager IT


Leuven, BE, 3001

Working only becomes more fun if all of you do it for the same reasons. We at Arvesta, along with more than 2,400 experts in the field, make an impact on tomorrow's sustainable agriculture and horticulture. We offer a total package of products and services in the fields of animal nutrition, agriculture and horticulture, machinery and retail with our Aveve and Eurotuin shops. Will you soon be joining one of our more than 40 strong brands in Belgium, the Netherlands, France or Germany? If so, read on!

About the job


Our Category manager IT will identify and maintain an effective customer relationship with various strategic suppliers in support of Arvesta. You are a procurement specialist and manage the sourcing process for our IT department, preparing and publishing the tender, through to the analysis and finally finalizing and implementing framework contracts in coordination with internal customers.


  • Interface with the suppliers in an expert role to support our IT department to achieve overall strategic goals
  • Develop partnership and strategy based on research, expertise and understanding of key suppliers’ product offerings. Build consensus for recommendations with internal teams and IT management 
  • Must have the ability to engage and influence at both the operational and C-level with supplier and Arvesta stakeholders. You are able to build solid business cases and have a strong executive presence 
  • You provide a profound knowledge of IT technology, products, and services and understanding of IT goals and strategies in developing contracts and proposals. If needed, you collaborate easy with our legal department  
  • Perform analysis, interpretation, investigation, and research of complex contractual information. Advises team leads and IT management on contract interpretation and in developing solutions and formal recommendations 
  • You love to mediate project agreement, preparing the internal team for negotiations, and participation in trading agreement terms.  
  • Manage supplier performance on a regular basis through the use of cost, quality, delivery metrics and contract (re)negotiations  
  • Identify process improvement opportunities in order to drive better cost, quality and delivery performance 
  • You will work in close collaboration with our IT Service Manager and IT Manager Service & Delivery 
  • Participate to tactical supplier meetings in order to steer and optimize service quality 

Your profile


You are ambitious, passionate and willing to make an impact. At Arvesta, the right mindset is fundamental.  What we expect from you? 


  • 10 year's experience of working within a purchasing role, from which at least 3 years in an IT category manager role, ideally in a large organisation 
  • You have a previous experience in providing administrative support in one or more of the following areas: Contract Management, IT Technology Services, ... 
  • Strong reporting skills and an analytical approach 
  • Able to develop positive productive relationships with suppliers and with multiple stakeholders within Arvesta 
  • Good communication skills at all levels, including those required for delivering strong service in a customer-facing role 
  • Strong organisational skills - both in terms of personal organisation and in relation to managing supplier records and the associated processes 
  • You are fluent in dutch and english

What's in it for you


  • You are surrounded by a strong team that has all the necessary experience to guide and support you.
  • The necessary job-specific training to carry out your job position down to the last detail.
  • Are you ready for the next step? Together we will look at how you can continue to grow. Arvesta is a large organisation with many opportunities in which you can develop yourself, either within your current position or outside your current position.
  • You can enjoy a good salary, with many benefits such as group and hospitalisation insurance, meal vouchers, 32 days of paid leave, end of year premium, employee discount at Aveve & Eurotuin, ... . .
  • Flexible & hybrid working (40% in office - 60% from home) giving you all the space you need to keep your balance.
  • The Experts in the Field take a central role at Arvesta. Our Arvesta Academy and the interview cycle will give you control over your career, and we will guide you and help you get the best out of yourself.
  • We focus on the physical and mental well-being of our employees using such initiatives as Fit@Arvesta and the Employee Assistance Program, through which employees can receive psychological support.
  • Arvesta is a growing, innovative company that contributes to a more sustainable world. 


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