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Strategic Sourcing Buyer - Packaging

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    £30000 - £40000 per annum

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    Shiva Davoodi

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    14 days ago

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I have partnered with one of the worlds' most well-known casual dining brands to recruit a new Sourcing Buyer to support them on the packaging category. The company are known for providing 'fast-food' with a real emphasis on quality to over 38,000 customers across 100 countries, and have done particularly well during the pandemic, owing to the additional use of delivery options.

The Sourcing Buyer will sit within the strategic sourcing team and will be tasked with managing sourcing activities primarily related to the packaging category, covering all European markets, and working cross functionally with the innovation/ marketing teams to deliver value through the management of category spend. With unrivalled progression opportunities across the world, this is a fantastic opportunity for a Junior Buyer, or a buyer early on in their career to step into a fast-paced role to work with the largest global food brand.

Sourcing Buyer key responsibilities:

  • Development and execution of long-term, effective strategic sourcing strategies for the packaging category. Running end to end sourcing events, management of negotiations with the suppliers, coordinating regular project steering group reviews with senior stakeholders and delivering value across the entire value chain (including risk mitigation, sustainability, sustainability, DE&I).

  • Execution of category reviews, assessment of category data for savings and value-add opportunities.

  • Management of procurement processes with internal and external stakeholders (RFI, RFP)

  • Management of assured supply and risk across all category reviews:

    • Contingency management

    • Balanced supply chain

    • Raw material risk management

    • Value chain analysis

Sourcing Buyer key requirements:

  • Demonstrated track record of delivering effective sourcing processes, end-to-end.

  • 2-3 years' proven procurement experience involving supplier negotiations and contract drafting.

  • Any additional experience working in a client facing role will be beneficial.

  • Packaging procurement (beneficial).

This role will be predominantly remote based, with one day per week in the West London office.

For more information, or to apply - please send a copy of your current CV to

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