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Packaging Buyer

Requisition ID 12667
Position Type (US)Full Time
Career Function Purchasing/Procurement 
Posting Type LI

Leading to better encompasses all we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the worlds leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building and manufacturing sustainable solutions for food, beverage or pharmaceutical consumers, our commitment to lead the world to better nutrition drives us forward. With 24,000+ colleagues across the globe and 15,000+ Kerry products, your opportunities are limitless.

About Kerry

A career with Kerry Taste & Nutrition offers you an opportunity to shape how people across the globe view food and beverage while providing you opportunities to explore and grow as your interests do. With our commitment to a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

Where You'll Work:

This position will be based at the Kerry Center in Beloit, WI, which is home to our North America Global Technology and Innovation Center. You’ll work in our state-of-the-art facility that was designed to bring all our ingredients and flavor technologies into one location. The Packaging Buyer will have accountability for $55MM of packaging spend. Reporting to the Director of Packaging Procurement, the Packaging Buyer follows best procurement practices, including sourcing strategy deployment, stakeholder and supplier management to maximize total value contribution. This position collaborates cross functionally with stakeholders, to support delivery of key cost optimization initiatives (PIPs) across the North America region. Additionally, the role includes packaging engineering focused project work on new key initiatives. 

What You'll Do:

In this role you will be key in the execution of the strategic sourcing plan for Packaging Procurement Category.  You will also drive compliance of contracts with plant stakeholders, collecting feedback on supplier performance.You will also be responsible for the following:

  • Execute strategies (including sub spend area strategy, supplier strategy, risk management strategy and P2P strategy) to drive regional project priorities
  • Lead supplier contract negotiations for major transactions with support from internal customer and Kerry legal resources on accountable spend
  • Lead project management for assigned suppliers with objectives for value delivery and year over year opportunities.
  • Analyze market and delivery conditions to determine present and future material availability/price and prepare market analysis reports.
  • Codify Master Agreements properly into local purchase contracts
  • Identify and leverage opportunities for continuous improvement and manage financial risks
What You'll Need:

To be successful in this role, we'll need you to come with these requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Engineering, Packaging, Supply Chain, or related field required
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in Packaging Procurement, Package Engineering, or related technical areas. Past exposure to project environment preferred
  • Business acumen, strategic sourcing, project management, and negotiation skills
  • Ability to communicate with engineers and stakeholders on technical topics
  • Skillful in using quantitative analysis to understand business issues

3400 Millington Road, Beloit, WI, 53511

Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. EEO is the Law poster can be found here. Additional information can also be here .