Johan La Grand - working at 360°KAS as Strategic Buyer

Meet the team – Johan La Grand

On the 1st of June 2019 Johan joined the 360°KAS team as Strategic Buyer. In his role Johan is responsible for the procurement process, which includes long term purchasing strategies (contract management) and the development of procurement strategies focusing on Just-in-Time management and category management. Johan will conduct bid evaluations and complex negotiations of pricing and terms and conditions in order to reduce the integral cost price. This process already starts during the sales phase.

What is your background?

After high school I started my career working at a newspaper. After having my own advertising agency for a period of 4 years, I continued my career at Sagrima BV setting up an organization for the development, building, international trading and commissioning of industrial sanding and grinding machines.

In 1999 I started to work for Imtech, business unit Analyser Systems located in Tholen, in the function of buyer. Through the years I became Senior Buyer for Imtech Industry International. In 2006 I graduated for my HBO education Procurement Management.  

After 16 years I decided to change employer and started a new adventure in Belgium with the company GGS Oil & Gas Systems in the function of Procurement Manager. GGS is an independent system integrator for metering systems and LNG sampling systems. In this function I was responsible for procurement process and the project cashflow.

What is your mission at 360°KAS?

The roots from 360°KAS go back 45 years ago. From Westinghouse to Van Rietschoten and Houwens, it became a part of Imtech with brand name Analyser Systems. I have been a part of that organization for 16 years. After my short period of 3,5 years not working for Analyser Systems/360°KAS, I’m very pleased to be part of this team again.

My mission is to be part of this organization where my personal skills and good communication contribute to an oiled machine. To organize procurement in such a way that growth can be achieved and that value is added by achieving cost savings and finding solutions for our projects from our best-in-class suppliers.