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Senior Direct Procurement Buyer

Job Name

Senior Direct Procurement Buyer


United Kingdom




Operations - Supply Chain - Logistics - Procurement

Reporting Line:

UK OC Procurement Manager

Job type:

Full time

Lead recruiter:

Kelly Scarfe

About the role

What does a Direct Procurement Buyer do?

The Whisky and Gin category, with emblematic brands such as DEWAR’S®, ABFERFELDY® and BOMBAY SAPPHIRE®, is one of the most dynamic and innovative portfolios for the Bacardi Group. The Senior Direct Procurement Buyer is supporting the UK OC Procurement Manager on packaging topics focusing on Whisky brands (blended whiskies and single Malts). S/He is the representative of the procurement team on whisky innovation projects and the first point of contact for selected packaging suppliers. S/He also collects strategic data and input to the Packaging categories’ sourcing strategies and needs to ensure systems are up-to-date.

About You 

To support the Best 10 years of the Bacardi group, we need you to be Fearless, have a Founders mentality, and treat others like Family.
You will need to know how to operate in an agile and changing environment, working very closely with your internal and external stakeholders to ensure projects are delivered on time with best value/quality to the company. You will need to be able to implement strategies, define clear roadmap with suppliers and drive actions while ensure continuity of supply.


With our Consumer at the heart, your key focus will be:

Strategy Development and Ownership
  • Provide input and feedback to Global Category Managers on sourcing strategy execution based on plant’s needs
  • Define and implement sourcing strategy for plants specific materials, in alignment with relevant category manager
  • Execute action plans for the plants in line with sourcing strategy
Supplier Integration Program
  • SIP specific project driver/support
  • Own local plants specific supplier relationships 
  • Facilitate SPM to track supplier performance and feedback to category manager for consolidation
  • Ensure that a supplier portfolio is developed considering business needs with regards to plants constraints, innovation, contingency, supply chain agility and sustainability
  • Ensures preferred customer status with regards to pricing, supply chain 
Sourcing and development support
  • Support NPD for blended whisky and single malts related projects
  • Deliver projects on time and in budget
  • Ensures that supplier selection is compliant with policy and in line with global strategy
  • Proactively identify capabilities and identifies suitable suppliers
  • First level escalation in case of Packaging supply difficulties on whisky products
Continuous improvement
  • Drives healthy VE pipeline and delivers VE targets for OC
  • Contribute to optimize costs and services to generate economy of scale where possible
  • Create strong internal relationship with internal stakeholders: SC, QA, NPD…
  • Maintain and drive list of optimization actions: cost, quality, supply…
  • Feedback to the team potential learnings/reapplication opportunities
  • Continuously screens the local demand of Packaging in order to identify sourcing optimization and / or issues
Administration and reporting
  • Maintain accurate pricing in SAP
  • Ensure compliance with all policies
  • Ensure local contracts are dully signed and stored centrally 
  • Educate local colleagues on supplier’s industry constraints and work to define relevant operating models to minimize proactively disruptions
  • Manage/maintain system for the OC Direct Procurement organization for your packaging categories
  • Accountable for payment on time of all local Packaging suppliers through clear Outline Agreements and compliance with SAP contract in the plants
  • 95% PoT
  • Ensure 90d EOM PT is enforced

Skills and Experience

The Skills & Experience needed to create your legacy

  • Master in Business / Economy or Engineering (specialization in purchasing is an asset)
  • Minimum 5 years+ in a direct procurement position desired but other background with strong interest to learn Procurement will be considered
  • FMCG background is a plus but not a must
  • Fluent English; other languages are an asset
Functional Skills: 
  • Solid understanding of strategic procurement
  • Procurement Budget knowledge
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Design and Planning (Maintain and develop process, anticipate consequences, build plans)
  • Strength in critical analysis 
  • Understanding of procurement budgeting
  • Supply/ demand, forecasting understanding
Technical Skills: 
  • MS Office advanced (especially Excel)
  • SAP, BI
  • Understands how to navigate in a local- regional-global matrix environment.
  • Drive for results
  • Strong Communication skills
  • Dealing with ambiguity
  • Interpersonal savvy
  • Political savvy
  • Priority setting
  • Ability to anticipate challenges and able to find innovative solutions

Our culture

We share the passion and entrepreneurial flair of our founder and are guided by our three culture pillars - Fearless, Family and Founders, they inspire our Primos to be the best they can be and drive us forward in all we do. But what does this mean?

·       Being Fearless; means adopting an agile mindset, being comfortable trying new things and taking risks. We are empowered to question, challenge and innovate.

·       Family; We treat each other, and our communities, like Family. Always.

·       Founders; The spirit of entrepreneurship is at the heart of everything we do. We see the business as if it’s our own. We do the right thing for the business and we all take accountability for our work.

When you join Bacardi, you become part of our family and gain more than just a job.

Disclaimer: Bacardi is an equal opportunity employer that values workforce diversity. Diversity is core to our business: by embedding diversity into all aspects of our culture, we maximize the opportunity to achieve sustainable business success and growth. The duties and responsibilities described in the role profile might not be a comprehensive list.