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Procurement Buyer

Requisition ID 48201
Position Type FT Permanent
Recruiter #LI-CST1
Posting Type LI


About Kerry

Kerry is the world's leading taste and nutrition company for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Every day we partner with customers to create healthier, tastier and more sustainable products that are consumed by billions of people across the world. Our vision is to be our customers' most valued partner, creating a world of sustainable nutrition. A career with Kerry offers you an opportunity to shape the future of food while providing you opportunities to explore and grow in a truly global environment.

About the role



Reporting into the ANZ Procurement Lead, the NZ Buyer will be accountable for plan and execute regional sourcing activities with the goal of achieving significant cost reductions, while maintaining & improving product quality and vendor service levels, across predominantly Direct Materials and some Indirect areas in NZ. The role will also require close collaboration and positive relationship building cross-functionally in Kerry to deliver key strategies for sustainable growth.


Work Location : Otahuhu - New Zealand 



Key responsibilities


  • Purchase materials/services in-line with special cost, quality and delivery targets
  • Support the purchasing function and other relevant departments and communicate any supply problems which may impact business operations
  • Act as an interface between suppliers and other relevant departments on purchasing processes, projects
  • Perform assessment activities such as monitoring market trends, competitors’ strategies and markets
  • Negotiate contracts, improve pricing and terms of purchase with suppliers and review new opportunities to make business savings
  • Track and analyse performance within each spend category and define budgetary impact on technology and/or country P&L.
  • Assist with / lead vendor selection and negotiation process for regional vendors
  • Recruit and maintain suppliers who will provide high quality products and services at a better price while maintaining the highest code of ethics and conduct
  • Collaborate cross-functionally in the region to implement category-sourcing initiatives
  • Perform end-to-end activities relevant to procurement of assigned Category and negotiate complex requests for materials
  • Consistently look for ways to improve and streamline processes to continuously improve and add value to the business
  • Lead and execute E-Tenders for spend categories in NZ
  • Ensure categories are contracted in line with the sourcing strategy to avoid maverick buying
  • Ensure master agreements are properly codified into local contracts for the region
  • Prepare and issue purchase contracts and change notices
  • Prepare and review contracts, bids, proposals and vendor agreements for legal correctness, price and acceptability of items to specifications
  • Review and resolve vendor claim and contracts for conformance to company policy


Other Requirements



  • Work side by side with MDG on SKU consolidation programmes and regional category transformations
  • Project Manage and coordinate large projects


Qualifications and skills



  • Strong negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills Strong engagement, partnership and matrix management skills that reflects The Kerry Way and Kerry Values
  • Excellent at linking insights and trends into sourcing and cost saving opportunities within the Kerry APMEA region
  • Knowledge of Performance Management Tools
  • Strong understanding of operational activities within Kerry APMEA
  • A highly creative mindset to suggest new approach and solution to current situation/challenges
  • Highly developed communication & presentation skills
  • Good understanding of the Kerry Procurement Tools (SAP, OLAP, SFDC, etc).
  • A highly consistent and focused approach in delivery, yet respecting local differences and ways of working
  • Strong Influencing People skills and Conflict Management

Beware of scams online or from individuals claiming to represent us. A Kerry employee will not solicit candidates through a non-Kerry email address or phone number. In addition, Kerry does not currently utilise video chat rooms (e.g., Google Hangouts) to conduct interviews. Refuse any request that asks you to provide payment to participate in the hiring process (e.g., purchasing a “starter kit,” investing in training, or something similar). Kerry will not ask you to pay any money at any point in the hiring process with the exception of reimbursable travel expenses. In addition, any payments made by Kerry will be from official firm accounts bearing the Kerry name. 

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