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Regional Procurement Category Manager - Logistics & Warehousing

Date: 08-Nov-2018

Location: Naas, KE, IE

Company: Kerry

Requisition ID 231
Position Type FT Permanent
Career Function Purchasing/Procurement


We are Kerry, the Taste & Nutrition company. We understand that consumers want delicious products made from trusted, authentic foods and flavours. Every day millions of people throughout the world consume foods and beverages containing our taste and nutrition solutions. We add protein to your post workout shake, we reduce sugar, while maintaining great taste and we have the know–how to replace the "baddies" in foods with wholesome ingredients. Join us and be part of the future of food.


About the Role:

This is an individual contributor role responsible for Procurement for Logistics and Warehousing services for Europe and Russia. In this role, the successful candidate is expected to develop, plan and execute strategic regional sourcing activities within the category assigned, with the goal of partnering with our Supply Chain function, achieving cost reductions, while maintaining / improving service quality and vendor service levels. The Regional Category Buyer will be accountable for EUR 120 million per annum spend on Outbound, Inbound Freight and Warehousing across Kerry sites in Europe and Russia. The role will also require close collaboration and positive relationship building cross-functionally in Kerry to deliver key strategies for sustainable growth.


Key Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with Supply Chain develop, plan and execute regional sourcing strategies across Europe and Russia.
  • Procurement of Outbound and Inbound Freight (all modes) and Warehousing services required by the Business on time, cost efficiently and meeting client’s needs.
  • Track and analyse performance within each spend category and define budgetary impact on technology and/or country P&L.
  • Lead vendor selection and negotiation process for regional vendors.
  • Collaborate with counterparts in other regions on global 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 collaborating with Supply Chain to establishing supplier performance measures, conducting regular reviews focused on achieving “service performance and deal delivery”.
  • With Supply Chain develop, agree and implement KPIs for suppliers, service levels and supplier management
  • Provide local market intelligence for assigned portfolio including documented sourcing analyses, supply scenario comparisons and supplier research.
  • Demonstrate a strong track record of strategic procurement
  • Analyse spend patterns across portfolio or category (s) for site and/or country 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 of assigned Category.
    • Negotiates complex requests for services
    • Ensures categories are contracted in line with the sourcing strategy to avoid maverick buying.
    • Ensures master agreements are properly codified into local contracts for the region.
    • 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.
    • Monitors procurement reporting systems to meet company requirements.
    • Capture real savings in the region.


Person Specification


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • A minimum of 8 years of regional procurement experience in Transport, Distribution and Warehousing or a similar field
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Supply Chain, or a relevant field
  • APICS/CIPS Certification preferred


Competencies Required:

  • 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%)

Joining us means being supported by, and learning from, talented people who really care about what they do. You’ll get bags of responsibility early on, and we’ll be open to your ideas. And because we’re always looking to the future, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to learn and grow. Our current CEO joined us as a grad. How far will you go?

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