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Senior Purchasing Consutlant

CPA Recruitment
London (Greater)
£45k-£50k per annum
Closing date
27 May 2022

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Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
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A truly WOW role for a Senior Purchasing professional has become available at a fantastic brand 
which is known worldwide.

Job Role
This is a brilliant opportunity to join the Purchasing Team which is responsible for the category 
management of all thing’s food & packaging, a spend in the billions. As well as direct category 
management responsibilities, you will support the Purchasing Manager with the design and delivery of 
the strategic framework that enables the Purchasing Team to effectively identify and prioritise projects 
that have the greatest impact on the brand and on the delivery of our business plans.

You will work closely with other Supply Chain and Business functions to set a strategic sourcing 
strategy that delivers a resilient and assured supply chain that provides our client with an enduring
high-reaching advantage; to support their Growth Strategy, underpinned by our Sustainability ‘Plan 
For Change’ initiatives.

This role is perfect for an experienced Purchasing expert with a background in food and/or packaging. 
If you are passionate about supply chain, food, and people development and want to work alongside 
a passionate and diverse team, then is the role for you. 

• Support and advise Purchasing team with large-scale, complex negotiations and agreements that
utilise bid-driven, formula-costed and open, semi and closed book methodologies
• Present finalised commercial recommendations with a well-thought out & clear rationale that
displays all the relevant avenues that have been explored
• Responsibility for strategic data analysis and insights
• Prioritize key projects and thinks innovatively around ambitious, progressive moves that can be
taken forward to develop the business’ leadership position
• Takes on and leads cross-functional / category-based projects that optimise supply chain
• Certify all market and global reporting activity is delivered accurately within given timelines
• Lead direct supplier hedging strategy in collaboration with our clients Finance team, to mitigate
risk associated with currency impact
• Develop supplier relationship strategies and systems that ensure continuous improvement
within the parameters of cost, value, and service
• Grow and be a greater partner leading relationships with key internal departments, to assure
supply of competitively priced, quality ingredients to UK & Ireland restaurants
• Represent the team and Supply Chain department on relevant steering groups, teams and
• Build strong relationships with Global Category Leads to work collaboratively to deliver market
objectives and strategies
• Lead and develop the team to ensure optimum results while simultaneously supporting talent
progression and succession planning
• Support the Purchasing Manager with recruitment, team structure, talent management and
credible succession planning
• Recognise more simplified ways of working for the team – through clear prioritisation, a
confidence to say ‘no’ to appropriate activity and improving processes and systems

Personal Profile
• Experience in dedicated people management, leadership, motivation and delegation
• Knowledge of budgetary control and compliance
• Experience in strategy and objective setting
• Experience in supplier/partner management and development
• Computer-literate - proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
• Strong team leader & player with the ability to forge & demonstrate relationships
• Pragmatic, thoughtful and customer-driven
• Demonstrate a robust and well-thought-out approach to leading challenging situations in a timely 
manner, that shows the needs of all partners have been considered
• Embody the ‘three-legged stool’ approach to the system
• Ability to take feedback on board and use it as an opportunity to positively develop skills
• Ability to deliver feedback constructively and positively (both to suppliers, team and internal
• Demonstrate capability to build validated networks and relationships across the business to
support the requirements of the team
• Demonstrate a strategic approach to interactions with all partners through a capacitated
approach depending on the desired outcome.

Ref Code: FMW40451

To apply or for more information, please e-mail in strict confidence, with an updated CV, including 
salary details, quoting the above reference and for the attention of Jon Hemming-Nash to

Due to a high volume of responses, we cannot reply to each application individually. If you have not 
had a response within one week, we are sorry to say your application has not been successful on this 


International specialists in the provision of practical recruitment and resourcing solutions, across every sector of the food and drink industry, CPA Recruitment is a name synonymous with quality and service, as well as being a business that’s justifiably proud of its well earned reputation.

Offering a global capability, we’re able to draw on an unrivalled wealth of in-house expertise and are clearly acknowledged as one of the market leaders in our field.

Highly respected in the food & drink industry, we are dedicated to building partnerships in business, with both clients and candidates that bring, mutual benefits to all parties, on a long term basis.

With twenty year’s experience, we have grown a talented team of consultants, whose knowledge and experience and expertise of the food and drink recruitment market guarantees that success will be at your disposal to achieve your recruitment objective.

We are renowned for providing bespoke solutions, with in-built flexibility and have a long and successful history of handling both UK and overseas assignments, at all levels, on behalf of a loyal and growing client base – ranging from global blue-chip organisations to independent enterprises.

Find Us
020 8203 1000
Eclipse House
20 Sandown Road
WD24 7AE
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