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Senior Regional Buyer - Indirects

Requisition ID 15002
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


Kerry is a world leader in Taste and Nutrition systems serving the Food and Beverage industry, and a leading supplier of added value brands and customer branded foods to the Irish and UK markets .Founded in 1972 in Listowel, Co. Kerry, the Group has grown organically and through a series of strategic acquisitions and has succeeded in achieving sustained profitability.


We employ over 25,000 people globally and supply over 15,000 Food, Food Ingredients and Flavour products to customers in more than 140 countries worldwide. We have established manufacturing facilities in more than 24 different countries and international sales offices in 20 other countries across the globe. Kerry has been present in the region since 1997 and has grown its business to become a brand of choice for our regional and local customers. From our Regional Headquarters and Global Technology Innovation Centre based in Singapore, Kerry employs over 4,500 talented people at manufacturing sites and sales offices in several countries across the region.


Kerry prides itself on continuous innovation, technological creativity and business excellence in every area of the business, striving to enhance leadership positions in our consumer foods business and across global food and ingredients markets.

About the role


Work Location:   Singapore 
Reporting to:      Regional Procurement Director 


This role will be responsible for Indirect Procurement for Kerry across the APMEA Region (Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa). In this role, the successful candidate is expected to plan and execute regional sourcing activities within the category assigned, with the goal of achieving cost reductions, while maintaining / improving service quality and vendor service levels.
The Regional Indirects Buyer will be accountable for about € 70-80 million per annum spend on Indirect Materials and Services across Kerry sites in APMEA. The role will also require close collaboration and positive relationship building cross-functionally in Kerry to deliver key strategies for sustainable growth. 

Key responsibilities


•Develop, plan and execute regional sourcing strategies across APMEA
•Procurement of goods and services across multiple categories as 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
•Recruit and maintain 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 establishing supplier performance measures, conducting regular reviews focused on achieving “service performance and deal delivery”
•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
•Analyze spend patterns across portfolio or categories 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 including, but not limited to:
    -Negotiate complex requests for services
    -Ensure categories are contracted in line with the sourcing strategy to avoid maverick buying
    -Ensure master agreements are properly codified into local contracts for the region
    -Prepare and issue purchase contracts and change notices
    -Prepare and review contracts, bids, proposals and vendor agreements for legal correctness, price and acceptability of items to specifications
   -Develop and utilize a system to evaluate vendor quotations with the appropriate negotiation and purchasing techniques to ensure quality, price, delivery and service 
    -Directly solve operational issues with vendors
    -Review and resolve vendor claims and contracts for conformance to company policy
    -Monitor procurement reporting systems to meet company requirements
    -Capture real savings in the region

Qualifications and skills


•7-10 years of experience in the procurement of Indirect Materials & Services, including but not limited to MRO, Spare Parts, Waste Management etc., along with some Factory-based exposure in categories such as Maintenance, Plant 3rd Party Services, Plant HR Services and Temporary Labour 
•Strong Matrix management & Negotiation skills
•Ability to multi-task and work in a highly demanding and fast paced environment; must be comfortable working in a very hands-on role as part of a lean team 
•Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a project management background
•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 regionally as required (around 20%)

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