Langley Search & Interim are urgently seeking a Buyer to manage all ingredients category spend for a FMCG Food manufacturer in Leicestershire on a fixed term contract for 12months.
The Category Buyer will manage ingredient procurement across a food category with spend in the region of £25million per annum and be required to travel to multiple sites including: Head office, factories, manufacturing sites and supplies
Your approach will be collaborative & team orientated, you will be able to provide evidence of the success that you deliver based on your career success to date.
Procurement is well established internally and is transforming from a tactical to strategic sourcing function, there is a huge opportunity to deliver value for money (above and beyond just savings) including supporting innovation and risk management.
Key to success will be your ability to build strong relationships across multiple sites and functional areas with credibility - building strong relationships with the supply base and customers will also be essential.
You will be comfortable working within a complex, fast moving, dynamic and rapidly growing business. This will be combined with an eye for detail, when dealing with more administrative elements of the day to day workload, with the ability to lead and manage change, drive projects and move to a strategic procurement function.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Responsible for all category buying across wide range of ingredients including but not limited to: Herbs, Spices, Stocks, Sauces, Additives
Manage the purchasing budget of circa £25m per annum
Negotiate terms and contracts with the existing supplier base
Identify, scope and verify potential new suppliers. Constantly seek to identify new suppliers and work with them to develop and launch new and innovative products
Support the central procurement function and broader business by making informed, market leading buying decisions across the business to become a key supply partner to major food retailers and gain competitive advantage via closer collaboration
Develop and improve ethical and responsible sourcing to align environmental, price and quality factors into a best practice sourcing model
Partner with suppliers to build collaborative and integrated joint strategies and processes
Identify supply risks and threats, build contingency plans to meet rapidly changing customer demands and minimise supply risk
Existing UK FMCG sector experience combined with strong purchasing and procurement knowledge is essential. Applicants whose CV’s do not clearly demonstrate these 2 key criteria will not be considered
Ideally you will be immediately available or able to start a new role in under 2 weeks
Proven track record of purchasing ingredients to be used in the manufacturing of food
Demonstrable history of procuring a wide range of ingredients from a complex and sizeable supply base
Able to work in a highly autonomous manner. You must be able to drive and deliver change in partnership with colleagues, suppliers and factories utilizing your own initiative and career success to date
Comfortable managing all elements of the procurement model: From analysis, identification and implementation of new purchasing processes and procedures up to leading and driving incremental change and major projects
Have an eye for detail. Be able to identify tactical / smaller improvements with small areas of complex spend
Your CV will demonstrate your ability to reduce costs, develop purchasing strategies and work in a collaborative and commercial manner with stakeholders at all levels
Car owner / Driver: It is essential that candidates can travel with ease to a variety of locations on a regular basis, occasionally at short notice
Ideally you will have CIPS or be studying for this qualification and be of graduate calibre
You must be eligible to work and remain in the UK for a period of at least 12 months
Due to the high volume of UK jobseekers and the Covi19 pandemic restricting global travel ,applicants based overseas will not be considered
What’s on offer
Salary: Up to £45K on a pro rata 12 month basis
Pension & Additional Benefits
For more information about this exciting role and if you meet the criteria, please submit your details without delay to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting TB/7711
Langley Search & Interim (langleysearch.com) is a specialist recruiter in the procurement, supply chain and logistics field. We manage permanent and interim procurement and supply chain jobs across the UK, Europe and globally for our clients, from large global multinationals to SMEs
Key skills and areas: procurement, strategic sourcing, category management, buyer, senior buyer, ingredients Procurement, contract negotiation, supplier relationship management SRM, vendor management, stakeholder management, purchasing
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