Buyer, Dairy


Chicago, IL, US, 60654

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!


POSITION TITLE: Buyer, Ingredients - Dairy


REPORTING TO: Manager, Sourcing - Dairy






The Zurich-based Barry Callebaut Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products – from the origination and processing cocoa beans to producing the finest chocolates, including chocolate fillings, decorations, and compounds. The Group runs more than 59 production facilities worldwide selling in 140 countries and employs a diverse and dedicated global workforce of over 11,500 people.


The Barry Callebaut Group serves the entire food industry, from industrial food manufacturers to artisanal and professional users of chocolate, such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, hotels, restaurants, and caterers.






The Ingredients Buyer will participate, contribute, and execute Sourcing activities in order to meet functional and organizational short and medium-term business objectives.

Essential Functions:

  • Support the Manager’s Americas sourcing strategies for multiple site production facilities throughout the Americas
  • Work with Quality Assurance group on approval and preapproval of vendors and raw material codes
  • Work with plant coordinators on delivery and acceptance of raw materials
  • Identify, develop, and nurture value-add relationships with key vendors for dairy components
  • Negotiate and buy cost-effective dairy ingredients for the assigned product groups
  • Identify and capitalize on global procurement synergy with European and Asian buying groups
  • Prepare weekly update reports for the Manager, Dairy Sourcing as needed
  • Prepare Excel reports, presentations, and financial reports to support departmental reporting requirements or as may be required for analysis by management
  • Provide professional guidance and support internal and external customers, including active participation in relevant projects
  • Initiate, build, and maintain relationships with a variety of institutions to obtain the best and most up-to-date statistical information in the area of expertise




Education & Work Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Procurement, or Food Science
  • Trading professional with a minimum of 3 years of experience in the US, Canadian, & Mexican dairy markets with a global food group, trading group, broker, or dairy cooperative
  • Seasoned negotiator with established network of contacts in the industry
  • Experience with SAP enterprise Procurement and Inventory Management Systems
  • Strong working knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint, and financial reporting formats
  • Professional working proficiency in Spanish strongly desired


Additional Requirements:

  • Available for travel up to a maximum of 20%


What you can expect from Barry Callebaut:

  • Competitive compensation package including salary, benefits, and vacation time
  • Collaborative atmosphere with like-minded individuals who are passionate about chocolate
  • The ability to grow your career within an organization that values development and internal career growth


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

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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