Business Procurement Manager
Our people make more of a difference to Bakkavor than anything else. And there are many reasons why people want to join us: first-class training, a fast-moving environment and excellent prospects.
We recognise that the key to our success is our people. In order for us to deliver the first-class service to our customers, maintain a strong position in the market and continue to grow, we need to recruit and develop the right people.
Our Meals site in Wigan is looking to recruit a Business Procurement Manager. The site produces a range of fresh chilled ready meals for the major retailers, employing approximately 1200 people.
The site concentrates on 3 main core product sectors, Bowl Salads, Potato Products and Fresh Produce Ready Meals. The Meals Wigan site is set to become a Centre of Excellence for Vegetables at Bakkavor making it a very exciting time to join.
Your responsibilities as Business Procurement Manager are to:
- Have a good level of understanding about all the materials used in your business and the markets / supply chains they derive from. Use this information to safeguard the company’s commercial position ensuring that risks and changes to input costs (inflation/deflation) are communicate clearly and acted upon in a timely fashion.
- Attain expert knowledge for materials which you have been allocated Group procurement responsibility and ensure salient information is communicated efficiently to all interested parties. Use this expert knowledge to develop robust sourcing strategies that account for risks and opportunities whilst delivering best value to Bakkavor.
- Own the business material cost forecast ensuring this is in line with Group assumptions adjusted for any anomalies. Subsequently monitor and understand key variances and agree correcting actions. For Group procurement responsibilities provide considered best estimate forecasts in line with the Group timetable (updated as necessary) explaining any price movement assumptions.
- Periodically carry out procurement risk management analyses for the business to identify key material and supplier risks. Subsequently, in coordination with the relevant group buyers and your PLT manager, establish action plans designed to eliminate, reduce or manage the identified risks.
- Take ownership for implementing and maintaining group systems and processes used for controlling material costs and inflation/deflation reporting. Where responsible for establishing supply agreements ensure these are documented using the Group’s contract template, any deviations being approved by Legal.
- Establish a robust Procurement Improvement Plan (PIP) for your business which is aligned with the relevant category PIPs and details the value, probability and status of opportunities available. Maintain as a live and evolving document holding regular reviews with key stakeholders to drive delivery.
- Ensure that your business’ requirements are fully accounted for in agreed Group sourcing plans, eg. Specifications, volumes, supplier preferences, customer restrictions etc. Subsequently own the efficient implementation of the agreed material sourcing plans within your business and feedback any persistent supplier failings to the relevant Group buyer.
- Ensure there is a robust process that includes procurement sign off, for introducing new materials in to the business. Within this develop and maintain a preferred supplier list to be used by the Development function to source new materials and avoid un-necessary supplier and material proliferation. Compliment this with training on the awareness of MOQ, lead times, price discussions etc.
- Coach, train and motivate direct reports and others in the function to ensure individuals are stretched to their full potential. Ensure individual development is designed, structured and achieved in line with functional guidelines.
- Have an appreciation of the principles of technical food risk and at times of risk alerts work closely under the guidance of the Technical function to co-ordinate with suppliers and manage situations with effective urgency.
The ideal candidate will have:
- Significant experience in a Buying role within a produce environment
- Passionate about Procurement and a proven track record in negotiation and relationship building.
In return you will receive a salary £60,000 - £70,000 depending upon experience, pension, healthcare for you and your family, company car or allowance, bonus as well as great career progression and development opportunities.