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Procurement Manager, Packaging

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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.


Procurement Manager, Packaging

Full time, permanent



Role purpose:

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our Procurement Team, as a Procurement Manager, Packaging!

Procurement continue to play an integral role in delivering value to the business through best practice cost management, driving innovation and supporting our Sustainability objectives.

This is a challenging and exciting role to manage multiple packaging substrate categories across our entire Group.  Reporting into the Head of Category, Packaging, your task will be to assure the supply of key packaging lines to our factories across the country as well as optimising value for our business through best practice procurement and strong Supplier Relationship Management.  Supporting a varied Innovation agenda and helping drive the delivery of Sustainability Strategies will be an integral part of the role.


What you'll be doing:

  • To develop and implement sustainable sourcing strategies that support our business objectives
  • Develop a deep understanding of markets and supply chains
  • To identify 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
  • To provide ongoing support to the Development, Brand and Manufacturing teams through sourcing strategies and pricing forecasts.
  • To identify and implement key packaging trends, risks and opportunities aligned to our business strategies.


What we need from you:

  • Previous experience in FMCG/Retail is required
  • Experience of procuring corrugated paper packaging 
  • 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.
  • Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) membership or equivalent. 
  • Postgraduate qualification preferable.


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


At Premier Foods we believe in inclusion, we seek individuality, and we trust in authenticity. Diversity is our strength, and everyone is welcome, we promise to foster an inclusive environment so everyone can thrive. We aim to ensure all existing or potential colleagues are given equal opportunities and are equally respected, valued and encouraged to bring their true authentic selves to work no matter who you are, what you look like, who you love or what you believe in.

Everyday inclusion is our approach to ensuring that the things we all do on a daily basis, including the way we behave and interact with each other, support the culture and values we are committed to.