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Posted: 06 January 2021
Location: Stockley Park
Contract:  Full time
Salary:  Competitive

Overview & Job purpose

The role of a Marketing Procurement Buyer is to source marketing services for Suntory across Europe managing timing, quality, and costs in line with functional, business, regional & Suntory objectives.

The successful candidate will…

• Monitor & optimise procurement strategy for the Marketing subcategories with support from the Category Manager.

• Build and manage preferred suppliers.

• Develop market knowledge and expertise to drive best in class procurement operations

• Demonstrate agility and reactivity to meet Business needs, according to deadlines

• Ensure alignment & good relationships with operational Business stakeholders

• Optimize quality, cost and service performance of the suppliers

• Remove silos between Business Units and find synergies across Business Units

Key Responsabilities, scope for decision 

  • Value Improvement
    • Construct & coordinate multiple tenders
    • Plan and execute negotiations on all commercial terms with suppliers
    • Deliver savings and value improvements for the portfolio, propose strong recommendation using data & insights
  • Strategy Development
    • Keep up to date with market changes relevant to the category
    • Identify new risks & opportunities
    • Contribute to the development and implementation of the marketing procurement strategy taking in to account the master procurement & business strategy
  • Supplier Management
    • Ensure compliance with procurement process
    • Prepare and contribute to regular review / SRM meetings with most critical suppliers. Monitor SLA & KPI’s
    • Implement action plans with strategic partners, and monitor progress against these
    • Complete Risk Assessment for the category & suppliers, develop BCP's with critical suppliers, including looking for alternative sourcing options when relevant
    • Put in place regional legal framework agreements for selected strategic suppliers & register them in the system
  • Act as facilitator between suppliers and other internal functions
    • Continuous Improvement
    • Identify and propose a pipeline of Cost Out – Value In ideas
    • Support innovation & sustainability initiatives

Let's talk specifics... What's the recipe for success? 

  • A university degree level, technical or economical, Procurement or CSR specialization, or additional Procurement qualification (e.g. CIPS) is a +
  • Relevant industry experience (FMCG, food & beverage experience)
  • A skilled negotiator with great communication skills, able to influence at different levels of the organisation
  • Analytical with great time management skills
  • Commercial acumen, leveraging market knowledge and expertise to drive best in class procurement
  • Strategic thinker able to dig deeper, analyse the variables that will influence sustainable growth and meet business needs
  • An agile & flexible team player with a cross-cultural spirit, who can thrive in a diverse environment
  • Curious, can think out of the box and pride yourself in going the extra mile to get things done