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Regional Category Manager - Ingredients

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Date: 14-Apr-2021

Location: Kuala Lumpur, 10, MY

Company: Kerry

Requisition ID 24791
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


Since the commissioning of its first dairy and ingredients plant in Listowel, Ireland in 1972, Kerry Group through its Taste & Nutrition division has grown to become the world leading provider of technology-based ingredients and solutions for all sectors of the Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical markets and is also a leading consumer foods processing and marketing organisation in selected EU markets. 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: Kuala Lumpur (KL) OR Johor Bahru  - 'Work from Home' for the time being 

Reporting to:    Category Director, APMEA

The Regional Category Manager will have accountability for over €15 M of Ingredient spend across the APMEA (Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa) region with primary responsibility for sourcing and supply and supplier relationship management. Reporting to the Procurement Director based in Singapore, the ideal candidate should be capable delivering value in an efficient and effective manner, and supporting our growth strategy in APMEA. 

Key responsibilities


Sourcing and Supply:

  • Procurement of Ingredients required by the Kerry APMEA in a timely, cost effective manner to meet both internal and external customer requirements
  • Collaborates with the Global and Regional procurement team to set appropriate risk management and coverage strategies for Ingredients and executes the same in Kerry APMEA
  • Responsible for the quality of Raw Materials delivered to our factories and the effective and prompt resolution of any raw materials and Supplier Audit non-conformances
  • Raw Material supply lead-time management to ensure customer OTIF is met
  • Selection of best in class suppliers for Raw materials working with Regional Procurement team as appropriate
  • Works in partnership with Integrated Office functions (Supply Chain, Quality, Operations  & Engineering) to ensure all quality, costs, supply and sustainability goals are met

Commercial Management:

  • Drives costs reduction and profit improvement programmes in Kerry APMEA on Raw Materials by working closely with R&D and the Regional Procurement team 

Performance Management / Measurement:

  • Establishes Key Performance Indicator (KPI) measurement objectives that align with the Kerry APMEA Business objectives as well as the Procurement global functional objectives 
  • Monitors, tracks and manages tea performance against KPI’s to ensure targets are met 

Supplier Relationship Management and Negotiations:

  • Develops and maintains supplier relationships with key suppliers
  • Drives Innovation from our supply base to help support both our cost reduction objectives as well as revenue growth objectives
  • Measures and reports supplier performance to drive improvement

Contract Management:

  • Ensures we have adequate contractual coverage on Raw Materials
  • Drive e-Sourcing initiatives as part of the Procurement Digitalization Strategy

Qualifications and skills


  • Bachelor's degree or higher and a successful track record within the Food Manufacturing Industry with a minimum of 5-7 years Procurement / Purchasing experience incliding demonstrated accomplishments and continuous improvements 
  • Food Ingredients industry experience is required, with experience in Direct / Soft Commodity procurement experience being most preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, relationship-management and influencing and stakeholder management skills to be able work across all levels within the organisation
  • A change agent - energised by making a difference and comfortable dealing with ambiguity
  • Results-focused, service delivery mind-set and pragmatic approach
  • Commercially strong with a natural focus on ROI, project and budget management and control
  • Strong communicator who can operate, influence and achieve results; some travel (up to 25%) may be required