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Kuwait Petroleum benefits from the skills and commitment of exceptional people. We need the best talents to build on our success story.

In return, you will enjoy a supportive environment which offers outstanding opportunities for professional and personal growth, a work-life balance approach and a chance to help us drive the oil business with innovative solutions.

To strengthen the position of our Q8 headquarters, we need YOU and YOUR IDEAS!
Senior Buyer

Senior Buyer


Plan and manage the purchasing projects as instructed by Q8Oils Purchasing Manager and follow-up on operational issues with suppliers as and when needed.

You are responsible for planning and managing purchasing activities within the delegated range of goods, works and services for KPNWE and/or purchasing projects as requested by the internal customers and KPNWE Purchasing Manager and in combination with the evaluation of vendor performance.



  • HSSE Ensure that all work and operations in the Purchasing department are conducted in accordance with the KPI Safety, Health and Environmental Policy Standards, Guidelines and Procedures. Demonstrate correct HSSE behavior and act as a role model for others and ensure that selection, management and monitoring of contractors/suppliers, equipment/materials and services comply with KPI and regulatory HSSE requirements.
  • Strategy and Planning As a member of the Procurement team, provide the required reports and analysis to enable the preparation of the yearly strategic procurement plan, based on the company’s objectives.
  • Procurement activities In conjunction with Q8 Oils Purchasing Manager and Senior Buyers, organize the procurement activities for a defined set of projects for KPNWE, in compliance with corporate procedures and code of conduct. This includes negotiating the best possible agreements with selected suppliers, building long term relationships and partnerships for a defined product category, organizing successful small to medium tender processes and ensuring (just) in time delivery to meet predefined deadlines
  • Procurement Improvement activities
  • Identify and execute a number of improvements to improve the purchase to pay process in general and the procurement function in particular, such as:
  • Spend analysis – to control the deliverables of the procurement function and to identify areas of potential procurement involvement
  • Vendor evaluation – to improve the quality of new and existing vendors
  • Maintain the contract master database continuously in order to centralize and electronically all required information fast and accurately
  • Support al purchase to pay initiatives such as documentation of procedures, define and monitor key performance measures, identify problems and opportunities and coordinate with other departments to identify bottle necks



  • Minimum of 7 years Purchasing or Commercial Management
  • Knowledge of SAP system and the Business Warehouse reporting tool Purchasing Module and Accounts Payables is preferred.
  • Strategic Sourcing, negotiation and contractual knowledge and experience in supply chain management and awareness of supplier markets.
  • Experience in a business function and/or technical-commercial function is preferred, but not required.
  • Experience in project management is preferred, but not required as well as within the Oil & Gas Industry.
  • Strong computer skills (ERP systems, MS Office tools)


Education/Minimum Qualifications

  • University degree, industrial engineer, commercial engineer, broad economical or financial general background or equivalent by experience: technical with commercial affinity or economics with technical affinity within an (international) industrial environment.
  • Supplementary education or training programs within Purchasing or Supply Management is preferred, but not required
  • Knowledge of Dutch and English is a must and knowledge of French and German language is an advantage and are in general internationally orientates



  • The ideal candidate is a dynamic, pro active personality with high ethical standards and willing to learn.
  • He/she has excellent analytical skills, is a problem solver and process driven.
  • He/she is a team player on all levels of the organization with good cultural awareness, able to convince and motivate colleagues and internal clients.
  • He/she is able to set up and maintain good internal and external networking.
  • He/she is assertive and has excellent communication and presentation skills, both spoken as written.
  • He/she is a self starter, result driven and commercial with HSSE awareness.
  • He/she has commercial drive, personal integrity and a natural ability to cope with stressful situations and deadlines.
  • You have a ‘get the job done’ mentality even if it requires putting in time outside office hours.


About Q8

As a global company, Q8 is one the top fuel providers in Europe. Counting over 5000 service-stations and fuel delivery to professional end-users and resellers, Q8 is one of the largest fuel players in the European market. Specifically for the transport sector, Q8 has 600 International Diesel Services (IDS) stations in Europe. In 2019, Q8 was elected Best Fuel Brand in Belgium.

The business and service of Q8 go beyond just fuels. Q8 is also active in the production, marketing and sales of Q8 lubricants. In retail, together with Delhaize, Q8 has built a strong network of local "Shop and Go" convenience stores in Belgium and Luxembourg, and thanks to a partnership with Panos, Q8 offers fresh sandwiches and pastries. Additional partnerships with Nespresso and Godiva broaden the convenience offer.

It is Q8's ambition to transform from a fuel & commodity company into a mobility player, with sustainable fuels and services for customers and vehicles, in any form. Q8 therefore continues to innovate and invest in future oriented opportunities, building sustainable relationships with customers, partners, our environment, in fact, society in general. Q8 strives to make every customer journey more sustainable.

We offer

Q8 offers you an exciting and responsible position within an international, rapidly expanding company that is one of the market leaders in the fuel sector.

You will be part of smart and sustainable solutions that make our customers’ lives more comfortable. You will discover an innovative, stimulating environment and community, focusing on accountability, collaboration, experimentation, personal growth and development, along with highly motivated and capable colleagues.

In return for your solid commitment, you can count on an attractive salary package including an extensive package of extra-legal benefits, additional vacation days and a work policy that encourages and enables a positive work-life balance through ea. remote work.

Your work home base will be Antwerp.




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