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Become an essential part of our Global Packaging Procurement Team, supporting Upfield growth agenda by leveraging supplier network in Packaging categories for Flexibles, Corrugates and Rigid plastics!

Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands


About the position

The Procurement team is responsible for end-to-end commercial process and focused on building a reliable, high-quality network of suppliers that offer best in class service to Upfield. Securing this service with Upfield T&C and optimal Total Cost of Ownership is the main objective. Reporting to EU Procurement Manager Packaging and working hand in hand with Project Managers and suppliers you will support tenders RF'x, and implementation of tailor-made supplier relationship strategies for global and regional partners. You will support the analytics agenda in the categories, providing analysis and recommending potential strategies on new and existing costs, and compiling data on supplier performance, drawing meaningful insights, and supporting critical business decisions with data. You will take ownership of sourcing and negotiations activities, leading projects and supporting the Procurement manager in leveraging process excellence in the Packaging Procurement area. Packaging Buyer is responsible for steering day-to-day and from end-to-end commercial activities with contract management and execution in close cooperation with Finance, Legal, R&D, Marketing and Supply Chain departments. On the operational part, you will become a key user of Ariba (purchase order approvals process, contract management and analyzing Suppliers spend in SAP HANNA), being supported by Upfield's central admin team.

So, what does it take to be successful in this role?

Your background includes experience in packaging procurement, project management, and supporting the sourcing process, all gained in an international environment. Thanks to your outstanding stakeholder management and interpersonal skills, you feel comfortable in a matrix structure and cross-functional, regional networks. You have strong analytical skills and creativity in problem-solving, which allows you to effectively partner with the business. You demonstrate a data-driven and fact-based approach, supporting business decisions with confidence. Additionally, you have a strong ownership mindset, work well as part of a team, and excel in reporting and communicating effectively with the Procurement Manager of Packaging, Upfield stakeholders, and suppliers. You are a professional with a minimum of one year of relevant experience in spend data analysis, assisting with buying, and negotiating small contracts. You possess an excellent command of MS Office tools, especially Excel, and have valuable knowledge of SAP and Ariba. You exemplify a high degree of personal integrity and have strong interpersonal, influencing, and stakeholder management skills. Your proficiency in English, both verbal and written, is excellent, and you thrive in a multicultural working environment. You are open to travel requests of approximately 10-20%.

What's next

If this position sounds interesting, please hit the apply button now! If you have additional questions, you can send me, Elif Kocoglu, a WhatsApp message on +31615472665. The deadline to apply is the 25h of July.

We understand your resume might not be up to date and recommend that you apply with what you have or your LinkedIn Profile. Upfield is dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse workplace, we understand that you might not meet all the requirements stated in the description, but we encourage you to apply anyway. You might be the right candidate for this role or other roles.

Upfield is an employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and equal opportunities for all. We recruit based only on values, qualifications, performance, skills, behaviours, experience, and knowledge. We ensure job advertisements are free from unintentional bias.

No personal characteristics should be a barrier to joining Upfield. We prohibit discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or other personal characteristics.


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