Senior Oil Buyer, Asia Pacific


Singapore, 01, SG, 039192

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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

  • Responsible for leading the oils category and improves the profitability of the region
  • Driving new key initiatives in APAC, particularly in new cost savings opportunities and  through third party business or physical trading
  • Build collaborative business relationships with the assigned businesses, countries, and global functions
  • Identify common themes across multiple execution projects and aligns overall execution planning with the needs of the assigned sites, functions, regions


Key responsibilities include

  • Accountable for the implementation of major projects across the supply base and functions to achieve maximum year on year return while maintaining BC core ethics and values
  • Improve financial position of the assigned category through the ability to execute and deliver cost savings projects and new opportunities within the region or global
  • To build collaborative business relationships with regional and global stakeholders
  • Seek continuous improvement opportunities with suppliers and its  implementation process
  • Ability to get things done and multi-task; acts with a sense of urgency, willingly take on tactical roles to achieve objectives with strong decision making and judgment skills
  • Key business partner in driving sustainability agenda across the region
  • Internal stakeholders
    • Sourcing Department (Regional & Global)
      • Accountability for the execution of the sourcing strategy associated with the assigned category
      • Setting strategic direction for the procurement function
      • To lead and develop new cost savings opportunities, regionally and globally
      • To establish leadership capabilities in managing any regional or global projects,  i.e oils tenders, open costing negotiations
      • To drive regional sustainability targets with the sustainability team
      • Upgrading the procurement function within the best practices to keep pace with the company’s growth
    • Trading Department
      • To develop new opportunities in third party business and physical trading in Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines
      • Jointly develop creative hedging strategies for the assigned category in APAC
    • Quality Assurance: To support BCAP Quality Assurance (QA) with any Non-Compliance Records (NCR) where required, including liaising with suppliers for resolution and corrective action measures
    • Research & Development
      • To manage product requests in support of research and development trials and innovation
      • To work hand in hand with the regional RnD team in driving new projects and product developments
    • Sales: Building and strengthening collaborative working relationships with the sales organization as business partners
  • External stakeholders:
    • Supplier
      • To negotiate the best pricing model with suppliers for the assigned portfolio in APAC  
      • To execute sustainable procurement policy through constant engagement with suppliers and 3rd-party organizations
    • Customer: To build strong relationships with our customers and to lead discussions on raw materials pricing and new business ideas


About you

  • Bachelor degree preferably in Business Commercial subject or equivalent
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in the palm oil / lauric industry with track records of delivering cost savings targets, nonprice value opportunities, and risk mitigation
  • Global/ Regional exposure and effective at cross-regional communication and influencing, setting the tone for execution
  • A procurement expert well versed in strategic sourcing with a history of successful management
  • Presents insights on market trends and understands regional/ global needs of the organization
  • Strong leadership in communication and negotiation skills with exposure of working within Asia or European geographies

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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