Buyer Indirect Spend Serbia


Belgrade, 00, RS, 94-406

At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 11,000 passionate Employees working in more than 35 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

Barry Callebaut is the heart and engine of the cocoa and chocolate industry. We are looking for an Indirect Spend Buyer for South East Europe/Serbia. Our broad range of products and services span all aspects from cocoa sourcing to fine chocolate products, which are loved by people of all ages worldwide. We are passionate about our business and work hard every day to ensure that there is enough chocolate in the world. Nothing is more important to our success than the combined expertise of more than 9000 Barry Callebaut employees around the world. Our international focus in the fascinating world of cocoa-growing and chocolate are the colorful backdrop for our many functions across a wide range of disciplines. In addition to sharing a passion for chocolate, Barry Callebaut employees live our other corporate values every day - customer focus, entrepreneurship, integrity and team spirit. We are committed to making sure that they have the right skills, know-how and deep understanding of our customers and their needs. Engaging and developing our employees is the key to our success. Because our business focus is so broad, the scope of career opportunities within Barry Callebaut can cover many functional areas.




Our position:




  • Within the Indirect Spend team for Serbia, the challenge is to continuously find solutions (alternative suppliers, systems) in order to ensure business continuity and deliver savings to the business, in a strong and conservative (risk averse) technical environment.
  • Within the local company strategy you operationally manage part of the outgoing indirect technical spend for Serbia. 



Description of Tasks:


  • Operationally manage purchases for Indirect Spend within the local organizations in Serbia (Belgrade) including MRO- Capex – Opex –LAB –R&D- Marketing – Consultancy- Facility management services) providing full service to internal customers ( engineering and maintenance organization and internal departments).
  • Analyze historical spend data and budgets to define category strategies.
  • Communicate, liaise, and negotiate internally and externally using appropriate methods to meet local business needs.
  • Implement purchasing and contract management instructions, policies, procedures and strategies. 
  • Monitor and report results and KPI’s periodically to the management. 
  • Responsibility to negotiate with local suppliers to ensure optimum price, quality and service levels. This includes supplier selection, defining TCO (Total Cost of Ownership), market analysis, cost benchmarking, complaint handling.
  • Improve local sourcing level working on standardization, supplier rationalization, spend control.
  • Support strategic sourcing initiatives to deliver long range programs for MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operations) and related capital services.
  • Facilitate information gathering / exchange between other sites and/ or Strategic buyers.


Your profile:


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a technical field and/or ideally a certificate or degree in Purchasing
  • Relevant work experience in food, chemical or pharma industry
  • Experience with MS Office, you have an excellent Excel, SAP and/or Maximo knowledge
  • Fluent in English and Serbian
  • 3 – 5 year experience with Purchasing in an industrial/technical environment 
  • Good analytical skills with strong negotiation ability
  • Strong technical knowledge with a customer focus of purchasing process


Our strength comes from the passion and expertise of our people. As we strive to create an environment in which our people can continue to learn and develop their skills on an ongoing basis, it is our goal to encourage entrepreneurship and creativity. Apply for one of our interesting positions today and start a great career in the world of cocoa and chocolate.

If you want to learn more about Barry Callebaut, please find further information here.

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