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Senior Buyer (Logistics)

Date: 05-Feb-2019

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.


 The Senior Buyer will be responsible for the strategic sourcing of all logistics and warehousing activities across all Kerry’s sites in Europe and Russia. Partnering closely with our Supply Chain function, the successful candidate is expected to develop, plan and execute all sourcing activities. The Senior Buyer will be accountable for achieving continuous cost and performance improvement.


As a Senior Buyer (Logistics), some of your duties & responsibilities will include:

  • Building long term sourcing category strategies and external market environment assessment
  • Demonstrating a strong track record of strategic procurement
  • Efficient sourcing of Logistics (road, sea and air) and Warehousing services as required by our business and supporting our overall savings target achievement
  • Preparing, analyse and negotiate complex tender processes and scenario comparisons.
  • Leading negotiation process for all strategic procurement activities
  • Using innovative, and category-specific procurement levers to drive value for our business
  • Capturing real savings in the region
  • Ensuring categories are contracted in line with the sourcing strategy to avoid maverick buying
  • Reviewing and resolving vendor claims and contracts for conformance to company policy
  • Monitoring procurement reporting systems to meet company requirements.
  • Maintaining day to day relationships with suppliers and partnering with our Supply Chain team to establish supplier performance measures, conducting regular reviews focused on achieving “service performance and value delivery”.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in procurement category management and/or supply chain function, procurement experience essential.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in business/ supply chain/ economics or equivalent field.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (e.g. Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint) and Procurement software (SAP / E-tendering solution).
  • Advanced MS Excel skills essential
  • Relevant industry certifications are desired (APICS/CIPS)


 Competencies Required:

  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Highly collaborative and consultive
  • Desire to work in an extremely fast paced team, someone who is self-motivated and career driven with a strong sense of urgency, enthusiasm and commitment to getting things done.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at once with strong results-oriented mentality
  • Exceptional analytical skills, solution focused
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

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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