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Regional Procurement Manager

About the role

This is an individual contributor role responsible for the Procurement of Raw Materials and Indirect Services for the Middle East and North Africa Region. In this role, the successful candidate is expected to agree and implement strategic sourcing activities, in collaboration with the APMEA Regional Sourcing team, with the goal of achieving cost reductions, while maintaining / improving service quality and vendor service levels. The MENAT Regional Procurement Manager will be accountable for approx. EUR xx million per annum spend on Raw Materials and Indirect Services across several Kerry sites in MENAT. The role will also require close collaboration and positive relationship building cross-functionally in Kerry, particularly with the Commercial, Supply Chain, Finance and RD&A team to deliver key strategies for sustainable growth.

Key responsibilities

  • Collaborate with APMEA Regional Category Team to Develop, plan and execute regional sourcing strategies across MENAT.
  • Procurement of Raw Material and Indirect Services required by the Business on time, cost efficiently and meeting the Business needs.
  • Track and analyse performance within each spend category and define budgetary impact on technology and/or country P&L.
  • Lead local vendor selection and negotiation process for MENAT regional vendors.
  • Collaborate with counterparts on APMEA Regional and Global team on tenders and projects where appropriate.
  • Recruits and maintains suppliers who will provide high quality products and services at a better price while maintaining the highest code of ethics and conduct.
  • Negotiate contracts and maintain day to day relationships with suppliers, including establishing supplier performance measures, conducting regular reviews focused on achieving “service performance and deal delivery”.
  • Provide local market intelligence including documented sourcing analyses, supply scenario comparisons and supplier research.
  • Demonstrate a strong track record of strategic procurement
  • Analyse spend patterns across the region and provide constructive challenge to stakeholders on their spending decisions
  • Collaborate cross-functionally in the region to implement category-sourcing initiatives.
  • Perform end-to-end activities relevant to procurement for MENAT in close collaboration with the Regional APEMA team: .
    • Negotiates requests for services with vendors
    • Ensures categories are contracted in line with the sourcing strategy to avoid maverick buying.
    • Prepares and issues purchase contracts and change notices.
    • Prepares and reviews contracts, bids, proposals and vendor agreements for legal correctness, price and acceptability of items to specifications.
    • Develops and utilizes a system to evaluate vendor quotations with the appropriate negotiation and purchasing techniques to ensure quality, price, delivery and service.
    • Directly solves operational issues with vendors.
    • Reviews and resolves vendor claims and contracts for conformance to company policy.
    • Capture real savings in the region.


Qualifications and skills

  • A minimum of 10 years of regional procurement experience in relevant setting/categories
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Supply Chain, or a relevant field
  • APICS/CIPS Certification preferred
  • Highly collaborative and consultative.
  • Strong matrix management skills
  • Strong Negotiation skills
  • Multi-tasking and able to work in fast paced environment
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Project Management skills
  • Solutions focused
  • Drive – someone who is self-motivated, and career driven with a strong sense of urgency, enthusiasm and commitment. 
  • Leading and Managing Change – A fast learner who rapidly moves up the learning curve. Someone who embraces change and is willing to adapt and take on new responsibilities.
  • Delivery of Sustainable Results – Strong results-oriented mentality with a continuous cost focus; drives cost/value initiatives
  • Must be able to travel (around 30%)

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