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Procurement Senior Manager Direct Grains, Fats & Oils


Job Title:                                             Procurement Senior Manager Direct Grains, Fats & Oils

Department:                                     Procurement

Job Title Direct Supervisor:              Procurement Director

Location:                                           Pennsauken NJ



Looking for a Career for Good? 

Puratos is a global purpose-driven company focused on bringing people together through food innovation for good. We offer a full range of innovative food ingredients and services for the bakery, patisserie, and chocolate sectors, serving artisans, retailers, industrial and food service companies in over 100 countries around the world. Our passion for innovation, pioneering spirit, and core values continue to propel our global ambitions. This coupled with our commitment to our communities is what makes working at Puratos so magical. 


If you are a solution oriented and analytical thinker with a passion for leading and inspiring people, we invite you to experience the magic of being yourself and join us for “a career for good.” 



Key Mission

Reporting directly to the Procurement Director, the successful candidate for this key function will be responsible for developing and implementing the purchasing strategy for Grains, Fats & Oils for North America.  Estimated spend is $118M+


Key Accountabilities

Category Management


  • Champions the category management process so that it is understood and accepted by the business.
  • Understands and consistently applies the category management process and tools.
  • Develops, implements, and executes strategies which maximize PURATOS’s leverage with suppliers, and which are aligned with business objectives


Stakeholder Management


  • Prepares and effectively implements Communication Plans and Stakeholder Maps for procurement
  • Develops consensus within multifunctional team and with stakeholders, transforming conflicting objectives into agreed goals
  • Obtains approval for category strategies & sign off agreed with key stakeholders
  • Works closely with senior management to ensure procurement strategies are aligned with business objectives
  • Understands and implements requirements related to PURATOS’s supplier diversity & sustainability initiative, including the setting and measuring of performance targets.


Supplier Management


  • Provides leadership to promote effective supplier relationships based on fair buying practices and strict maintenance of ethical standards.
  • Understands the total supply chain(s) to which the good/service is applied.
  • Minimizes risk through effective supply and supplier management strategies.
  • Conditions suppliers regarding company objectives at every opportunity.
  • Defines strategies and leads process for vendor relationships, including (but not limited to) vendor selection, contract negotiation, governance, and termination.


Contract Negotiation and Risk Management


  • Is the central person in the organization with the right market knowledge and uses this as a tool to implement proper hedging of raw materials.
  • Develops and executes -in cooperation with the business- the RM cover strategies to minimize impact coming from fluctuating RM markets
  • Uses a variety of sophisticated negotiation techniques.
  • Incorporates critical commercial terms and cost delivery targets into negotiated agreements
  • Anticipates issues which may impact PURATOS during the course of the contract and addresses those issues effectively through appropriate terms and conditions.
  • Manages the RFI/RFP and bid evaluation process and leads the negotiations and vendor contracting process


Performance Management


  • Extracts appropriate information out of reporting systems to support specific analysis requirements & decisions
  • Drives the achievement of savings and working capital improvement targets in support of overall company goals.
  • Proactively looks for synergies across the organization to reduce costs and leverage resources.
  • Drives on time in full and right first-time performance with vendors to enable best in class service to Puratos’ customers
  • Works with Pricing to optimize profit margins by managing raw material price evolutions and incorporating savings in the margins


People Management


  • Works closely with local buyers and with the procurement team to drive best in class procurement strategies
  • Willing to step in to assist with all tasks when needed
  • Mentors internal and external stakeholders in the procurement process.


 Who are we looking for?

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s preferred
  • 10+ Experience in grains, fats or oils or experience that easily transfers
  • Relevant experience in purchasing of similar categories
  • Strong Excel skills/ Very analytical / accurate with costs and reporting
  • Strong interpersonal, presentation, verbal and written communication skills
  • Takes self-initiative / Pro-active in looking for and proposing improvements
  • Ability to work within fast moving cross-functional environment
  • Experience of working in an international environment/ Culture awareness and experience of diversity
  • Outstanding negotiation, influencing and analytical skills


Why would you join Puratos?

 You will join a fast-growing, stable family business that has become an international market leader with a corporate culture in which innovation and entrepreneurship are part of our main priorities. You will benefit from a great deal of freedom in your work, with plenty of room for initiative.


A great work environment with lots of opportunities & challenges is what you can expect:

  • Responsibilities and the possibility to take ownership of your work
  • Training and career opportunities to build your career within our company


The secrets behind Puratos’ global success and consistent growth are taste and quality. We would like to welcome you within our enthusiastic, committed and passionate team of more than 9000 employees. We are an international player and, what is more, a Belgian family business. Our people make the difference every single day. How? By developing, producing and distributing a unique and high-quality range of ingredients for bakers, pastry-chefs and chocolatiers, since 1919.

A century later, our products and services are available in more than 100 countries around the world. Our passion for innovation, closeness to our customers, and their customers, as well as our core values form the basis of our passion to improve.