Buyer, Ingredients


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!

About the role: 


The Ingredient Buyer is responsible for the strategic sourcing of assigned specialty ingredients as well as market risk position and physical commodities in the Americas. The Buyer has full EBIT responsibility for the assigned category in all plants within the Americas region. Ingredient Buyer participates, contributes and executes Sourcing activities in order to meet functional as well as organizational objectives, along with executing the leadership of the specialty ingredient categories to ensure smooth coordination and internal communication with other Barry Callebaut departments.


Key responsibilities include:


  • Develop global sourcing strategies for multiple site production facilities throughout the Americas 

  • Identify, develop and nurture value add relationships with key vendors for all Specialty Ingredient  components

  • Negotiate and purchase Specialty ingredients cost effectively for assigned product groups

  • Identify and capitalize on global procurement synergies with European and Asian buying groups

  • Perform highly specialized functional analysis to support the business and provide interpretations of results back to management, customers or relevant stakeholders within the organization

  • Make recommendations to VP relating to creative value add sourcing strategies that can impact price terms and conditions of agreements

  • Prepare weekly update reports for upper management as needed

  • Prepare as needed Excel reports, presentations and financial report formatting to support departmental reporting requirements or as may be required for analysis by management

  • Process new and existing suppliers through QA onboarding/re-approval processes

  • Provide professional guidance and support to internal  and external customers, including active participation in relevant projects

  • Initiate, build and maintain relations with a variety of institutions in order to obtain the best and most up-to-date statistical information in the area of expertise

  • Endeavor to become Subject Matter Expert in assigned categories

  • Represent BC in specialty ingredients external committees and actively network within the industry

  • Perform other duties as required

About you:


  • Bachelor’s degree required in Business, Supply Chain or Food Science

  • MBA or CPSM Procurement Certification preferred

  • Professional with a minimum of 5 years of experience in Food Ingredients Industry 

  • Seasoned negotiator with established network of contacts in the industry

  • Excellent strategic thinking and negotiating skills

  • Strong ability to interact with multidisciplinary team

  • Strong Project Management Skills

  • Strong analytical and organizational skills

  • Ability to work in a fast paced, ever changing business

  • Strong work ethic and integrity

  • Excellent verbal and written skills

  • Organizational Agility – Internal Negotiation/Influencing Skills

  • Experience with SAP MRP systems, Inventory Management Systems, QA documentation systems

  • Strong working knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint and financial reporting formats

  • Available for travel up to 20%


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