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Head of Purchasing

14/02/24 Down Neg

Permanent full-time

We have an excellent opportunity for a Head of Purchasing  to join a leading food company based in Newry.


Your Duties:

  • Negotiate overall best terms ensuring that the supply base and product meet the required business objectives in terms of financial, technical, corporate social responsibility, innovation, brand positioning and customer expectations.
  • Manage, challenge suppliers on their performance based on value for money, quality and delivery service level considering a high level of innovation that is required.
  • Support bill of material pricing in conjunction with commercial finance to ensure most competitive pricing is delivered to the customer.
  • Present monthly reporting highlighting variances against budget for key areas of spend together with associated plans to rectify any areas of under-recovery.
  • Review and implement an overall sku rationalisation plan in conjunction with NPD to support supply chain optimisation and efficiency.
  • Overall oversight and responsibility for ensuring the business has a supply of ingredients and packaging within the targeted levels set for the business.
  • Source new suppliers in line with sourcing and sustainability strategy.
  • Management of indirect spend which will include sourcing, negotiation and contracting on 3rd party warehousing, transport, facilities, and operational equipment.
  • Implement a profit improvement plan that will deliver incremental procurement savings to those already assumed in the budget.
  • Develop formal product sector category strategies, that develop a deep understanding of each area of key spend, together with associated short, medium, and long-term proposed procurement plans.
  • Constantly update overall quality market intelligence gathering to ensure strong positioning in all price negotiations, to best manage risk, and to ensure better informed sourcing decisions across all areas of business spend.
  • Regular stakeholder engagement with Head of Operations / Commercial and Food Development 
  • Innovation to fully share supply and demand position within the supply base and collaboratively find solutions to ensure continuity of supply. 
  • Attend all business Sales & Operational (S&OP) planning meetings and update on required actions as needed.
  • Develop risk management strategies, with supporting action plans, to minimise any adverse business impact due to supply chain issues.
  • Manage the raw materials and packaging replenishment team via regular performance reviews, 1:1’s , training and development requirements.


Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Graduate level with 10 years extensive experience of managing procurement functions in a complex FMCG business (MCIPS certified or equivalent).
  • Team player.
  • Previous people management skills necessary.
  • Strong numeric and verbal reasoning skills.
  • Experience of S&OP.
  • Good attention to detail and excellent communicator.
  • Ability to make difficult decisions and to take a calm and measured approach in a pressurised environment.
  • Ability to influence stakeholders at all levels.
  • Previous experience of MRP / WMS / ERP systems.
  • Operational FMCG manufacturing experience desirable.
  • Proven experience of creating strong supplier relationship management systems eg – Scorecards / Quarterly reviews.

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Please apply by sending your CV to Joanne Bourke at or call 018788240 for more information.

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