Leading international food & beverage company.
The role is to source packaging materials to meet the company's production plan at the optimum cost, manage Packaging Managers and oversee Packaging Development, Launch Delivery and overall Packaging Management, including Procurement.
To purchase these materials ethically and sustainably in line with budget costs ensuring that all market moves are properly communicated. To manage that supplier base to ensure continuity of service and quality. To purchase these materials in line with budget costs ensuring that all market moves are properly communicated. To liaise with Technical to ensure that all supplies and materials are sourced in line with the appropriate legislation and due diligence procedures.
The position reports to the Packaging Director & demands a high degree of accountability and knowledge. The position requires a high degree of maturity, being conscientious and ethical to ensure control and the proper expenditure of company funds. The person must keep constantly up-to-date about economic conditions and/or business/market conditions as they affect the products we purchase. This knowledge is necessary to make informed decisions to adequately meet changing conditions.
You must fully understand the SAP purchasing system and its relationship to the various 'interfacing' systems as well as a full working knowledge of the buying department's systems and procedures.
The position will interact at all levels of management, both internally and externally. The position requires the job holder to be able to communicate at all levels and work with a wide range of departments and take a pro-active role in the business. You will be responsible for developing and managing Packaging strategies, and the man management of a group of key staff. Therefore, where and when appropriate you will assist and advise in developing and updating in-bound supply chain strategies to maximise the effectiveness and efficiencies within stock management. These activities will include the regular review of current processes and the management of the appropriate recommended changes.
Negotiation of material prices, supplier stockholding arrangements and credit terms, optimising total cost to the business after consideration of working capital costs, factory utilisation lead times, etc.
Determination of budget costs and monitoring/reporting on price variances. Subsequent communication of cost movements to the business to ensure control of margin.
Monitoring data on market movements and determination of consequences on the appropriate materials, communication of corrective action requirements. Responsible for supplier performance in terms of co-ordinating performance measures and applying corrective action where appropriate. Liaison with Technical and Production on approval of materials and rationalisation of supplier base.
Ensuring conformance of department to ISO 9002 standards. Pursuing claims against suppliers for non-conformance. Responsibility for the supply of data to the finance department and have the correct information to derive product costs. Maintenance and review of standard material costs. Participation in project teams to ensure that the potential of cost saving benefits are maximised by the company. To achieve cost reductions as agreed with Purchasing Director. Management and motivation of the team (3 direct & 8 total in the team), including PDRs, training, prioritisation and development. Management of currency requirements for the materials purchased in line with the Company rules. To ensure Group Ethical and Sustainability guidelines are met at all times.
This is a key Senior Management role in the company, requiring experience in a wide range of activities that interface with the Packaging function namely Suppliers, Customers, Commercial, Finance, CR ,Operations, Planning & Technical. The ability to communicate at the highest level both internally and with the supplier base is an essential pre-requisite to ensuring that the Companies credentials are best portrayed and that supplier relationships are developed to benefit the company