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    £45000 - £65000 per annum

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    Shiva Davoodi

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    27 days ago

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One of the largest global food manufacturing brands has recently invested millions into creating a brand-new, best in class procurement function and are looking for innovative, strategic procurement professionals to join them on their journey.

Excelling in the industry for over 200 years, my client has a reputation for creating key products - a staple in kitchens globally. From sauces to seasonings, vinegars and condiments, they've done it all.

The indirect buyer will be reporting directly to the Head of Procurement, to maximise opportunities by identifying and negotiating with suppliers to achieve optimal quality, value, innovation and service.

The Indirect Buyer will be responsible for:

  • Structuring the supply base to fulfil critical business requirements on time and to required performance levels to enable business to meet or exceed overall business targets. (Delivery)

  • Identification and development of preferred supplier relationships to support Price and Cost Reduction objectives. (Cost)

  • Developing and agreeing category strategies with key Stakeholders and senior management

  • Manage contract coverage & database compliance with support from procurement assistant.

  • Analysis of supply base understanding marketplace, key Global/European/UK suppliers, market complexity.

  • Develop and maintain cross functional relationships with the following categories :

    • Communications & IT soft and hard infrastructure colleagues.

    • HR, Supply chain & Logistics, Operations, Marketing, Finance, Technical & Quality teams.

    • Engineering, Maintenance, Effluent treatment.

The Indirect Buyer will have:

  • Minimum 3-5 years' experience within FMCG food manufacturing or indirect related industry

  • Experience in high value spend areas over £10m (current value is £55m)

  • Passion for the food industry

  • CIPS + Degree beneficial but not essential

If you're a buyer/ category manager looking to step into a fast paced role with exposure to various categories with the view to progress to Category Manager in the next 18-24 months then please reach out with an updated CV to

Key words: procurement, sourcing, purchasing, category manager, buying, food, FMCG, manufacturing, stakeholder management, supplier relationship management, SRM, stock controller, supply chain, indirect procurement, direct procurement, strategic sourcing, category strategy, RFI, RFP, RFQ, buyer.

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