Category Buyer General Services


Zurich, ZH, CH, 8005

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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 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 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


We are looking for a permanent and full-time position as a Category Buyer General Services. This position has Commodity Management responsibility for the Indirect Spend categories such as Travel, IT, Telecom, Car Fleet, HR, Consulting, Marketing, and other non-product related categories, with the purpose of delivering value in purchased goods and services to support key business initiatives, managing RFX`s and other sourcing initiatives to facilitate the procurement process, ensuring continuous, reliable supply of goods and services, contributing to the organization`s financial results by cost savings.


Key Responsibilities Include


  • Analyze historical spend data, budget, mid-term project list, and define category strategy
  • Drive continuous improvements (cost and service) of assigned sourcing categories where appropriate
  • Partner with internal customers to identify and understand current and future business needs.
  • Understand market forces and best practices
  • Research and evaluate suppliers
  • Develop RFX`s, evaluate, analyze and assess results, document recommendations, and communicate results to internal clients
  • Define particular terms and conditions, negotiate contracts
  • Manage and implement contracts
  • Monitor and report results in spend reduction
  • Support supplier relationship management
  • Apply the purchasing process flows in line with the category strategy
  • Ensure compliance with procurement policy


About You


  • University Degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain or similar (required)
  • Minimum 3 years of Indirect Sourcing experience in a multiple-site environment
  • Previous experience in IT Sourcing activities is required
  • Experience working independently, taking responsibility for procurement strategy across all levels of assigned organization
  • Experience leading contract negotiations
  • Knowledge or specific business understanding
  • Thorough understanding of purchasing methodology
  • Fluent English


Location can be either Zurich, Switzerland or Wieze, Belgium

At Barry Callebaut, we are committed to Diversity & Inclusion. United by our strong values, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where people can truly be themselves, grow to their full potential and feel they belong. #oneBC - Diverse People, Sustainable Growth.

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

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