Buyer, Direct Materials Europe
McCain Foods Limited
McCain Foods Limited

Buyer, Direct Materials Europe

  • Villeneuve D'ascq, 59650
  • Permanent contract 
    Hybrid remote
    Education: Master's degree
    Experience: > 1 year

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    Job description

    We are passionate about potatoes. But we’re even more passionate about our People!


    McCain knows the importance that food plays in people's lives – the power it has to bring people, families and communities together. That is why our purpose is celebrating real connections through delicious, planet-friendly food.

     We do this by succeeding together with our teams, business and community partners around the world because we know when we work and grow together, we succeed together. Be a part of our family!


    The Buyer, Direct Materials Europe is responsible for leading the sourcing of some packaging categories for approximately 35 million € (Total Direct spend approx.. 147 million €).

    This role will lead supplier relationship development including monitoring performance versus expectations.

    Will also be required to recommend and implement business allocations. This person will lead jointly with Procurement Director Direct Materials the sourcing strategy development, tactics and key activities for the category.

    This person will be working closely with the Value Engineering team, supporting the technical optimization opportunities for packaging and ingredients. Will also work closely with his peers from the team to develop procurement synergies across categories and entities.



    He/she will manage multiple internal and external organizational relationships. The person will lead the overall supplier relationship strategy to minimize the company spend, while ensuring proper commercial treatment of suppliers, reinforcing internal policies, ethics, strategic approach with suppliers and with other company departments. Engage and collaborate cross-region with peers and other team to deliver best practices and top-line and bottom line results.

    This role is reporting to the Procurement Director Direct Materials Europe.




    Core Accountabilities and Outcomes

    • Drive cost focused strategy for Packaging and Ingredients spend area
    • Commodity risk management and optimization programs for the categories
    • Lead the sourcing strategy for its respective categories to deliver on-going cost savings targets
    • Delivery of Sustainable Cost Advantage Program
    • Build supplier relationship program for the relative markets to deliver significant value for McCain Foods
    • Ensure company purchases in the spend pool comply with company internal controls requirements
    • Build strong internal relationships with the different McCain team at supply chain and R&D levels



    Preferred experience

    Profile description:


    • Master’s Degree, preferably in procurement, Business or Engineering.
    • Ideally a first experience in packaging or direct material procurement in a CPG environment
    • Core Procurement Experience & Skills
      • Linking business needs to leverage scale
      • Sourcing strategy development
      • Strong supplier management skills
      • Negotiating / Influencing skills
      • Stakeholder relationship management
      • Financial analysis skills
      • Industry analysis skills
    • Business thinking: Able to connect business needs with external capabilities
    • Collaboration: Regarded as a constructive team player and have a strong sense of partnership behavior
    • Analytical thinking: Disciplined and data oriented to gain competitive advantage
    • Strategic thinking: Able to think strategically and plan for the long term
    • Communication: Ability to communicate within a complex organization environment
    • Capacity to plan, organize and manage multiple priorities
    • Creative & Flexible: Able to evaluate opportunities and respond to changing requirements
    • Diversity mind-set: Ability to manage in a matrix organization and across regions and cultures
    • Fluent in English & French



    This role is based in our Headquarter in Villeneuve d’Ascq with frequent travels across CE.

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