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Head of Purchasing | Newry, United Kingdom

Job title: Head of Purchasing Location: Newry Industry: FMCG Product: Food Salary: Negotiable Schedule: Monday - Friday


  • Graduate level with extensive experience in managing procurement functions in a complex FMCG business (MCIPS certified or equivalent)

  • Team player.

  • Strong numeric and verbal reasoning skills / IT literate.

  • Experience with S&OP.

  • Good attention to detail and an excellent communicator.

  • Ability to make difficult decisions and to take a calm and measured approach in a pressurised environment.

  • Ability to influence stakeholders at all levels.

  • Proven experience in building excellent supplier relationships.


  • Negotiate overall best terms ensuring that the supply base and product meet the required business objectives in terms of financial, technical, corporate social responsibility, innovation, brand positioning and customer expectations.

  • Ensure that formal and up-to-date contracts of trading are in place with all key suppliers.

  • Run a monthly report showing variances against budget cost standards for key areas of spending together with associated plans to rectify any areas of under-recovery.

  • Utilise monthly commercial forecasts, and MRP system, to replenish future business needs in terms of ingredients and packaging demand.

  • Put in place a profit improvement plan that will deliver incremental procurement savings to those already assumed in the budget.

  • Regular meetings with top ten suppliers involving other members of the SLT, MD and CEO as required.

  • Develop formal product sector category strategies, that develop a deep understanding of each area of key spending, together with associated short, medium, and long-term proposed procurement plans.

  • Constantly update overall quality market intelligence gathering to ensure strong positioning in all price negotiations, to best manage risk, and to ensure better-informed sourcing decisions across all areas of business spending.

  • Regular meetings with the Head of Commercial to fully share learnings regarding key product sector strategies and overall market intelligence.

  • Member of the Innovation committee with a view to sourcing needs and constantly presenting updates on the latest innovation ideas/trends from key suppliers.

  • Attend all business Sales & Operational (S&OP) planning meetings and update on required actions as needed.

  • Develop risk management strategies, with supporting action plans, to minimise any adverse business impact due to supply chain issues.

  • Manage the raw materials and packaging replenishment team via regular communication and ensure up-to-date job descriptions are in place.

How to Apply:

Or please send a copy of your CV or call John on 07809117856 or 0131 3778 7222 option 3 for more details

Lead consultant for this vacancy: John Small

Due diligence:

**Protea Recruitment has authorization from our client to advertise and recruit on their behalf.

If you have not heard from one of our consultants within five working days from submission, you have not met the criteria of this vacancy set by our client and are unsuccessful in moving to the next stage.


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