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Purchasing Specialist

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Date: 02-Sep-2021

Location: Istanbul, 34, TR

Company: Kerry

Requisition ID 28110
Position Type FT Permanent
Recruiter #LI-CO1
Posting Type LI

About the role

Location: Tuzla Istanbul / Turkey (Tuzla Kimya Sanayicileri Sitesi)

The Purchasing Specialist is responsible for actively participating in the strategic sourcing activities for Turkey with the goal of achieving significant initial cost reductions, while maintaining and improving product quality and vendor service levels.  

The Purchasing Specialist will ensure that the raw materials are available for Manufacturing and will lead, coordinate and rationalize the buying activity in line with the local targets as well as reporting purchasing activities and market trends.  It is expected for Purchasing Specialist to have the highest cooperation with the other departments and with optimized processes and procedures in order to reach the common targets. 

Key responsibilities

  • Select local suppliers that best match the business needs for quality, delivery, flexibility, responsiveness, and costs, in cooperation with the other involved departments (QHSE, RD&A) & in agreement with the country’s strategy
  • Negotiate effectively favourable terms & conditions for materials supply
  • Draw up & maintain long term partnership contracts with key suppliers not negotiated at regional level
  • Harmonize & optimize in cooperation with the local management the list of approved suppliers 
  • Monitor the performance of the local suppliers in terms of:
    • On time delivery
    • Quality of received materials
    • Flexibility and responsiveness to demand changes
    • Cost, by constant benchmark vs. competitors & market
  • Provide feedback and agree on corrective and preventive actions
  • Place orders according to the business needs in the right quantities, at the right time & at the best price
  • Keep up-to-date suppliers, bill of materials & raw materials database & standard prices, so that orders are always placed correctly
  • Harmonize & optimize in cooperation with the local management the list of active raw & packaging materials
  • Report the purchasing activity at local & regional level according to the requested templates & timetables
  • Report to local management the market trends for the main raw materials which can impact on company financial results
  • Capture real savings for the organization
  • Manage Vendors selection & negotiation process
  • Track performance within each spend category & define budgetary impact
  • Monitor strategy implementation, contract compliance, and drive best practices 
  • Support acquisition strategies by completing due diligence and integration activities for spend

Qualifications and skills

  • Minimum Degree in Economics, Commercial, Business or any relevant discipline
  • Preferably 1-2 years working experience in Purchasing or similar role within a manufacturing industry or fresh graduate with good internship experience will be considered
  • Experience in the food manufacturing, flavour, ingredients sectors is highly preferred
  • Intermediate to Advanced ERP knowledge and Excel
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills to manage multiple internal and external stakeholders
  • Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Good planning & project management skills
  • Good skills and knowledge in cost controlling and general financial reporting principles
  • Advanced Turkish & English Language skills (spoken and written)
  • Highly organised with attention to detail