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Category Buyer

Requisition ID 33250
Position Type FT Permanent
Recruiter #LI-SS1
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

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

This is an individual contributor role responsible for direct procurement of Food and Flavour Chemicals for the APMEA Region (Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa). In this role, the successful candidate is expected to plan and execute regional sourcing strategy, build and retain relationships with new and existing suppliers, conduct negotiations, identify potential risks and action mitigation plans.

Key responsibilities

  • Developing category strategies and category strategic plans and initiative plans, for regionally managed categories.
  • Validating the plans with the Global & Regional Category Manager/s and the respective internal customer/s
  • Conducting strategic sourcing initiatives, including fact-based negotiations (supplier and industry analysis. benchmarks, cost structure analysis) for all regionally managed categories within the portfolio and ensuring process compliance.
  • Defining supplier management strategy, aligning it with the Global Category Manager, and executing strategic supplier relationship management with key suppliers
  • Defining P2P (Purchase-To-Pay) strategy for regionally managed categories and aligning P2P strategy with Global Category Manager to ensure cross-regional standardisation
  • Supporting global strategic sourcing initiatives or projects as authorised by the Global Category Manager
  • Identifying supplier risk areas and quantifying risk exposure for regionally managed categories within Category Portfolio and executing risk mitigation actions

Qualifications and skills

To be successful in this role you will have the following:

  • A minimum of 5-7 years Procurement / Purchasing experience within the Food Manufacturing Industry with an impressive track record of accomplishments and continuous improvements.
  • Core Food Ingredients industry experience is preferred with specialism in direct / soft commodity procurement experience.
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree required


Candidate specification:

  • Strong and effective decision-making capacity
  • Effective at interpreting complex and multiple sources of information to make decisions
  • Strong programme management skills
  • Improves processes to eliminate non-value adding activities
  • Highly effective collaboration skills
  • Effective at influencing others, inc. executive management
  • Good knowledge of the category marketplace and procurement best practices


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