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Stockley Park

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Overview & Job Purpose

  • TSource & negotiate the ingredients raw materials needed for the productions of the finished goods in our 3 business units while managing timing, quality and costs in line with functional, business, region & Suntory objectives.
  • Monitor and optimize the procurement of his/her ingredients subcategories, build and manage a supplier’s panel.
  • Regular visit to growers in the UK + supplier visits outside UK.

Key Responsibilities

Budget and Cost Optimisation

  • Set budget standard prices for his/her subcategories & follow purchase price variances.
  • Ensure appropriate reporting to the Procurement management.
  • Deliver financial targets for the portfolio through negotiations activities
  • Drive the negotiation on all the terms & conditions including prices review with a TCO approach
  • Specific to blackcurrant : negotiate annual contracts & quotas respecting framework agreement guidelines

Quality and Risk Managment

  • Hold regular BRM with most critical suppliers. Besides negotiation areas, monitor quality & KPI’s adherence
  • In a close collaboration with SPM roles, improve quality of top offenders based on an 80/20 approach, having clear action plans and follow up done during the year. Prepare & contribute proactively to suppliers bi annual reviews
  • Maintain risk analysis & ensure we have BCP in place with our key partners
  • Develop alternative sourcing (locations, suppliers, specifications) when relevant
  • For most critical suppliers, sign framework agreements & drive continuous improvement by putting in place SLA / KPI's

Market Insights & Strategies

  • Prepare and roll out strategies for most significant categories
  • Follow up market evolutions regularly to identify new risks & opportunities. Share with stakeholders relevant market information
  • Specifically on blackcurrant : Ensure industry presence and in collaborative approach with agronomist, define SRM plans


  • Be an active member of NPD projects, raise opportunities & risks for each innovation project
  • Be an active member or Procurement – R&D community
  • Define and follow a pipeline of COVI / Value optimization ideas
  • Together with cat manager, support the organisation to progress on CSR & organic topics
  • Develop market knowledge expertise to drive best procurement operations
  • Demonstrate agility and reactivity to answer to Business needs On Time In Full
  • Ensure alignment & good relationships with Business stakeholders
  • Business Partnering with R&D on innovation agenda
  • Optimize quality, cost and service performance of the suppliers
  • Continuous Market & technical Intelligence

Experience and Skills

  • University degree level, technical or economical. A Procurement specialization is a +
  • Purchasing/supply chain experience
  • Knowledge and experience of the relevant industry sector / fruits & juices related
  • Excel, PPT & Procurement IT tools
  • Fluent in English. French & Spanish are +
  • Procurement operations & negotiation
  • Excellent communication & people skills
  • Team player, Cross-cultural spirit
  • Agility, Flexibility, “think out of the box”
  • Excellence in analysis
  • Perseverant
  • Curious & interested by the categories
  • Organized, meet deadlines