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Procurement Manager, Ingredients

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Date: 14-Jan-2022

Location: St Albans, GB

Company: Premier Foods

A great British food company 

Premier Foods is one of Britain’s biggest listed food companies, employing over 4,000 colleagues at 15 manufacturing sites and offices up and down the country.

Many of our brands have been part of UK life for more than a century and you’ll find them in 94% of British households.


At Premier foods we believe in inclusion, authenticity and individuality. We aim to ensure all existing and potential colleagues are given equitable opportunities and are respected, valued and encouraged to bring their true authentic selves to work no matter who they are, what they look like, who they love or what they believe in. Our culture is one where everyone is welcome. 


Procurement Manager, Ingredients

Full time, permanent



Role purpose:

An exciting opportunity has arisen within our Ingredients procurement category for a highly strategic individual with an understanding of Strategic Sourcing and the skills to manage commodities with volatile pricing and availability. 

A dynamic, varied role with a high level of responsibility, autonomy and accountability. You will need to maintain supply of ingredients while optimising the spend and complexity of our requirements. The role will also support the continuation of our new product innovation agenda and have a direct contribution towards our Sustainability targets.


What you'll be doing:

  • Develop and implement sustainable sourcing strategies that
  • support our business objectives
  • Develop a deep understanding of markets and supply chains
  • Identify and recommend hedging policies
  • Identify, negotiate and implement collaborative relationships with key suppliers where appropriate.
  • Negotiate and implement complex/high risk contracts, through a range of tendering processes to meet business needs
  • Provide ongoing support to the Development, Brand and Manufacturing teams through sourcing strategies and pricing forecasts.
  • Deliver Sustainability targets for individual Ingredient categories


What we need from you:


  • Previous experience in FMCG/Retail is required
  • Experience of procuring food ingredients 
  • Be able to demonstrate experience of maintaining live knowledge of supply markets
  • Ability to develop collaborative relationships with key suppliers.
  • A deep understanding of strategic sourcing methodologies
  • Strong analytical thinking skills, able to identify market trends and issues.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft and use of SAP is desirable.
  • Ability to think laterally, utilising problem solving skills to develop new approaches.
  • Skilled negotiator adept at managing complex negotiations.
  • Effective and highly adaptable communicator with strong networking and relationship building skills.
  • Capable of maintaining a collaborative and professional approach in all stakeholder relationships.
  • Highly self aware with a strong commitment to self development


What we offer you in return

  • Competitive salary
  • Car allowance
  • Bonus
  • Up to 7.5% pension
  • Private medical insurance
  • Life assurance
  • Wide range of online and in-house training
  • Access to an employee discount scheme, with access to hundreds of nationwide retailers