Job Posted: 17 Feb 2017

      Packaging Buyer

      Up to £31,000 + benefits| Leeds| Permanent

      Packaging Category Ownership

      • To ensure the company's sources packaging supplies at the most competitive prices
      • Develop detailed knowledge of existing and potential supply base by category – build supplier capability analysis summaries to facilitate benchmarking process
      • Challenge the status quo with a view to optimising the supply base to support the company's aggressive growth and innovation agenda
      • Apply legal and ethical considerations to all negotiations
      • Develop robust market intelligence within individual packaging categories.
      • Establish frequent reporting of commodity movements & dialogue regularly with key internal stakeholders
      • Evaluate total value chain to define most appropriate sourcing process and execute in line with procurement best practice e.g. RFQ, on line auctions, collaborative sourcing etc
      • Maintain a live packaging pricelist database
      • Maintenance of packaging suppliers and specifications within prospective databases
      • To provide support to new product development and deliver costing enquiries in a timely manner
      • To provide support operational support and understanding of packaging performance within the manufacturing environment


      Financial Processes

      • Contribute to the annual standard setting process for packaging materials - provide clear articulation of rationale for assumptions
      • Clearly articulate monthly packaging PPV – provide clear articulation of volume and value variances
      • To give consideration to total cost in reviewing supplier quotes
      • Accountable for giving forward price guidance
      • Accountable for accurately forecasting currency requirements where category requires
      • Deliver a minimum 4-6% YOY annual cost savings across the packaging portfolio


      Supplier Relationship Management (SRM)

      • Own and manage category commercial relationships
      • Ensure all requirements and special terms of contracts are met
      • Develop SRM program or similar framework with strategic suppliers
      • Drive the optimisation of product and process with suppliers
      • Agree specification with supplier following consultation with key internal stakeholders e.g. Technical, Production and Quality colleagues
      • Develop and implement robust supplier risk management process to identify and mitigate potential risks.
      • Develop business continuity plans for all strategic and key packaging suppliers
      • Negotiate service level agreements and KPI’s following consultation with key internal stakeholders
      • Manage packaging nonconformance and effective claim resolution


      The Person

      • The successful candidate will need to have experience within procurement, preferably packaging and FMCG and ideally will be educated to A Level (or equivalent) or above.
      • Ability to work on your own initiative and confident in decision making
      • They will possess a high level of numeracy and approach tasks in an organised and structured way to ensure systems are maintained accurately and all tasks are completed in a timely manner.
      • Excellent communication skills are a definite requirement – written and verbal with both internal and external stakeholders alongside an ability to negotiate effectively.
      • Attention to detail required in all aspects of the role along with IT competence.
      • Personally you will be approachable, positive, team orientated and able to exit your comfort zone when business demands that little more than the norm.
      • The role will demand some travel at times so driving license essential and flexibility to the standard working day when sometimes required.
      Job ref: 174061-ISBH-8814