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Packaging Buyer, Harwich, Essex

Surya Foods
Harwich, Essex
Up to £45,000 per annum (DOE)
Closing date
2 Mar 2024

Job Details

Established in the 1980's, Surya, part of Flying Trade Group is a rapidly expanding family owned business with a £168 million annual turnover and 1458 strong employee base. With our flagship Laila brand, 17 quality grains, 200k tones milling capacity and BRC AA grade facility, we are a major Global Foods supplier in the Asian, Oriental, European and Afro-Caribbean sectors. Expanding fast into mainstream FMCG territory.

Surya Foods is expanding its Buying Team and is looking for an experienced Packaging Buyer to lead the procurement of various packaging materials.

  • Salary -Competitive/Negotiable DOE
  • Hours- 9am - 6pm 
  • Days- Monday to Friday (Flexibility required as per the business needs)
  • May consider hybrid DOE (to be discussed at interview stage)


Job Description

  • Manage the packaging category, retender as appropriate, and support new product development by sourcing required materials, develop new packaging and labels to deliver new launches and marketing plans
  • Develop key relationships with external suppliers.
  • Work with internal stakeholders on internal projects
  • Reporting to the Buying Director and supporting them with the overall company strategy.
  • Challenge the current 'status quo' and devise and implement initiatives to further reduce packaging supply costs
  • Be proactive in ongoing communications with suppliers to ensure any new packaging developments are updated

The Successful Applicant will have;

  • 2 years of procurement experience.
  • Experience working in a fast paced environment preferably in FMCG/Manufacturing
  • Experience working with global suppliers
  • Strong communication and influencing skills.
  • Experienced in managing suppliers of outsourced services/third party manufacturing beneficial



Flying Trade Group is a global business group with significant operations across key UK sectors, including the food, hotel, leisure, investment and construction industries. Established in 1988, the group has quickly evolved into one of the UK's leading business groups with remarkable year on year growth, and we continue to strive to drive our business even further. The group has ambitions to become a brand portfolio which is recognised and respected the world over.

Surya Foods

Surya Foods is one of the largest suppliers of authentic world foods to the UK food sector. Its unrivalled, extensive world food ranges has seen it become the biggest supplier of world food lines into supermarket giants Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons, with extensive independent retail accounts across the UK. Surya owns three rice brands listed in the UK top ten according to 2014 Nielsen data. (Laila, Salaam & Apna). With 2,000 products available, Surya represents over 50 agency lines from some of the world’s leading companies as well as its own popular house-brands, including Laila, Salaam, Apna, Jamaica’s Pride and Island Sun.

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