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Head Procurement

About Kerry

Kerry is a world leader in taste and nutrition systems serving the food and beverage industry, and a leading supplier of added-value brands and customer branded foods to the Irish and UK markets.  We have annualised sales in excess of €7 billion and employ over 25,000 people globally.  Founded in 1972 in Listowel, Co. Kerry, the Group has grown organically and through a series of strategic acquisitions and has succeeded in achieving sustained profitability.

We supply over 15,000 food, food ingredients and flavour products to customers in more than 140 countries worldwide. We have established manufacturing facilities in 24 different countries and international sales offices in 20 other countries across the globe.

Kerry has been present in the Asia-Pacific region since 1997 and has grown its business to become a brand of choice for our regional and local customers. From our Regional Headquarters and Global Technology Innovation Centre based in Singapore, Kerry employs nearly 3500 talented people at manufacturing sites and sales offices in 16 countries across the region.

Kerry prides itself on continuous innovation, technological creativity and business excellence in every area of the business, striving to enhance leadership positions in our consumer foods business and across global food and ingredients markets.

We are looking for people with ambition, vision and a commitment to excellence in a dynamic business environment to achieve and sustain this growth on a long-term basis. In return, we offer stimulating and rewarding careers from employee to management to leadership levels in a global food organisation.

Being a truly global company, our employees in Asia-Pacific have opportunities to develop their careers in a global environment, with training, career development and international opportunities across the Kerry world.

Key responsibilities

  • Successful 15 years track record within the Manufacturing Industry in Procurement, Supply Chain or a related field.
  • A minimum of 8 years Procurement / Purchasing experience with an impressive track record of accomplishments and continuous improvements
  • Overall responsible for Ingredients buying function / RM/PM pricing / Domestic logistics / Inventory management / Vendor development / Purchase savings.
  • Developing and Managing Supplier relationships.
  • Negotiate price and contracts with suppliers
  • Developing raw material sourcing/purchasing strategies and profitability improvement objectives
  • Procurement Risk Management and optimizing spend to reduce P&L volatility.
  • Work Closely with APAC Category Management and Category Technologist teams Conduct & comply with Kerry procurement processes like vendor introduction, vendor creation, Raw material creation etc.
  • Support and Participate in Supplier Quality Program, ensuring supplier compliance as per Quality and Regulatory requirements.
  • Construct and use Budget to monitor the cost.
  • On time availability of items (achieve set OTIF targets).

Qualifications and skills

  • In depth understanding of Flavour/ingredients buying 10-12 years of experience
  • Ability to follow processes
  • Expertise in data analysis, Price trends & developing buying strategies
  • Technical Presentation skills

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