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Procurement Category Manager - Non Agricultural Ingredients

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Date: 08-Sep-2022

Location: Hemel Hempstead - Breakspear P, Hemel Hempstead - Breakspear Park, GB

Company: Britvic

At Britvic, we strive to be the most dynamic soft drinks company, creating a better tomorrow. We offer consumers a range of family favourite and global premium brands. We exist to help people enjoy life’s everyday moments.
As one of the UK’s leading players in the FMCG market we pride ourselves on setting high standards, being courageous and pushing ourselves to think outside the bottle.

Our story started in 1938 as a product that was an affordable source of vitamins to the Great British public. Originally selling Tomato Juice, followed by other juices and mixers, the brand has continued to evolve, becoming a fantastic core range of fruit juice and soft drinks sold across the globe. You will know some of these brand and most likely have some in your homes, such as Robinson's cordials, Tango, R White's Lemonade, J20, Pepsi and 7up.

We have operations in Great Britain, Ireland, France & Brazil and have been taking our brands around the world, exporting to over 50 countries and working with carefully chosen partners to franchise our brands. 
About the Role:
Britvic’s Procurement team is responsible for sourcing all goods and services the business needs to operate. This includes our Direct product requirements for Packaging and Ingredients as well as supporting wider business needs for indirect purchasing. Our vision is to improve Britvic’s commercial position by maximising value through a creative, effective, strategic, passionate, and professional team.
As Category Manager – Non-Agricultural Ingredients you will be responsible for providing assurance of supply and cost competitiveness for portfolio of Non-Agricultural Ingredients which includes but is not limited to Artificial Sweeteners, Acids, Preservatives, Colours, Thickeners, Barley and Vitamins used in Britvic’s products.  The role also carries responsibility of building category strategies for the above-mentioned ingredients as well as developing efficient supplier relationships, managing risks, complying with procurement governance processes, and importantly, leading the implementation of the colours portfolio optimisation project and restructuring of the relationship with our main suppliers of Non-Agricultural Ingredients.
This role will require you to work with the wider procurement team, multiple functions (e.g., Technical, Value Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing), and an international supply base.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Develop and execute category strategies for Artificial Sweeteners, Acids and Preservatives and Colours.
  • Develop a comprehensive strategy for the Artificial Sweeteners, Acids and Preservatives categories through a reset of the relationship and commercial approach with our key suppliers.
  • Develop a robust Pipeline of Value for the Ingredients Portfolio in collaboration with the Sr Category Manager for Ingredients.
  • Develop the Sustainability Roadmap and Deliver Britvic’s Sustainability Agenda for the Non-Agricultural Ingredients categories
  • Work collaboratively with the Value Engineering Team to identify new cost reduction projects and opportunities
  • Be the Procurement Team point of contact and subject matter expert for Non-Agricultural Ingredients spend categories.
  • Participate in functional projects (e.g., Working Capital Improvement Programme) with engagement from suppliers where appropriate.
  • Deliver savings/cost avoidance in line with budget forecast.
  • Maximise the spend under contract and conduct commercial negotiations/tenders for all Non-Agricultural ingredients.
  • Develop and maintain excellent supplier relationships with key suppliers to improve supplier performance and drive value over time using SRM tools where appropriate
  • Act a point of escalation for resolving supplier performance issues
  • Adherence to the relevant Purchasing Policies and Processes in force, including following the correct delegation of authority and segregation of duties.
  • Be an ambassador for Procurement internally and externally 
Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
  • Advanced knowledge of Ingredients categories (Colours, Acids and Sweeteners)
  • Strong understanding of International Supply Chain and Regulatory Environments (duties, Incoterms)
  • Strong Experience in Tender processes: RFI, RFP and e-auctions
  • Strong Procurement Category Management experience.
  • Good understanding of FMCG product development and manufacturing processes.
  • Good negotiation skills, and willing to challenge the status quo.
  • Demonstrable cross-functional stakeholder management and influencing skills.
  • Experience working with suppliers across different countries and cultures.
  • Demonstrated success working in a cross functional team environment is essential  
  • Good working knowledge of systems including of SAP Ariba, Cirtuo, BW
  • Full MS suite with high level of competency in excel
What we Believe - We're Striving for better
Our Purpose
We give our all to creating products people truly love. Together, we are united by one shared purpose: enjoying life's everyday moments.
Our Vision
The world around us is changing - and we must evolve too. We're on a mission to become the most dynamic soft drinks company, creating a better tomorrow.
Our Values
At Britvic everything we do is informed by our values. It's the way we act in order to achieve our goals and nurture a culture we can all feel proud of.
We care - We care deeply about our brands, our role in society and our impact on the planet. But above all, it's the happiness and health of our people that always comes first.
We're courageous - We're free to dream big, act bravely and lead with heart to deliver breakthrough outcomes.
We own it - Our Integrity, how we work, show up and take accountability matters. We do the right thing, for the right reasons, in the right way. We say what we mean, and do what we say.
We act with Pace - We cut through complexity, responding to opportunities or challenges with agility and pace. We listen to understand, identify solutions and are trusted to deliver.
We're stronger together - We are open, collaborative and inclusive, respecting and learning from each other's unique contributions, while celebrating our collective success. 
We’re committed to providing equal opportunities to all applicants and employees – in fact, this is at the heart of our company culture and values, and we welcome applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds.
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