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Regional Buyer - MENAT

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Date: 17-Apr-2021

Location: Dubai, DU, AE

Company: Kerry

Requisition ID 23955
Position Type FT Permanent
Recruiter #LI-MV1
Posting Type LI


Kerry offers the industry’s largest portfolio of Taste & Nutrition Systems and Functional Ingredients & Actives, serving the Global Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical industries. We work with the world’s top Retailers and Manufacturing companies to produce some of the best private-label products and tailored Food & Beverage solutions on the market. We also work with the leading Food Service chains helping to deliver appetising, relevant and innovative custom solutions, using our expertise in new product development, production and commercialisation.


Our Values:      Courage | Enterprising Spirit | Inclusiveness | Open-mindedness | Ownership

About Kerry


Founded in 1972 in Co. Kerry, Ireland, the Kerry Group has annualised sales in excess of €7 Billion and supplies over 15,000 food ingredients and flavour products to customers in more than 140 countries worldwide. We have established over 145 manufacturing sites, operate in over 30 countries, and employ 25,000 people worldwide. 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.

About the role


Work Location: Dubai, UAE 

Reporting To: Senior Procurement Manager


At Kerry, we are currently expanding our Procurement team and are looking for a Regional Buyer to join us at our Dubai office to support our fast-growing and demanding operations in the MENAT (Middle East, North Africa & Turkey) region. You will be an experienced Procurement professional who has demonstrated experience of working in this region and has handled Raw Materials and/or Packaging categories, ideally with some exposure to IMAS (Indirect Materials & Services) as well.  

Key responsibilities


•Procurement of Raw Material, Packaging and Indirect Services required by the business on time, cost efficiently and meeting the business needs
•Commodity Price tracking and making strategic buying decisions based on factual market and economic data
•Investigate, lead and deliver cost saving projects that deliver real value to the MENAT business and P&L
•Track performance of SKU and Category spend in terms of PPV and consistently look for ways to reduce cost
•Challenges the status quo in terms of current pricing on RMs, Packaging and Services contracts and creatively looks for ways to reduce cost
•Lead local vendor selection and negotiations for MENAT vendors; lead search for new Vendors/Raw Materials required within the region
•Consistently look for ways to improve and streamline processes in order to continuously improve and add value to the business
•Lead and execute E-Tenders for Spend Categories in MENAT region
•Collaborate with counterparts on APMEA Regional and Global team on tenders and projects where appropriate
•Leads category strategy development and execution for selected Raw Material, Packaging and IMAS categories
•Provide local market intelligence including documented sourcing analyses, supply scenario comparisons and supplier research.
•Analyse spend patterns across the region and provide constructive challenge to stakeholders on their spending decisions
•Collaborate cross-functionally in the region and globally to implement strategic category-sourcing initiatives

Qualifications and skills


•Bachelor’s Degree with 5-7 years of regional, Procurement-specific experience in a global, Manufacturing organization
•Experience working in Food & Beverage / FMCG industries will be an advantage
•Must have some experience in running E-Tenders 
•Should demonstrate a proven track record in risk management, strategic procurement, negotiation and achievement of cost reductions
•Fluency in English is essential; additional Arabic language skills will be preferred

Personal Competencies:

•Strong negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills 
•Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills
•Highly collaborative and consultative
•Strong results-oriented mentality with a continuous cost focus; drives cost/value initiatives
•Solutions-focused, with project management skills