Global Packaging Buyer


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


As a Global Packaging Category Buyer you will be tasked with accurately procuring packaging materials at the best overall value ready for production, ensuring that quality, cost and delivery are all balanced. You will be working with suppliers covering all aspects of the purchase from putting commercial terms in place to ensuring that packaging materials are delivered as per agreed conditions. You will be managing the strategic sourcing process for specific assigned categories of packaging materials over Barry Callebaut sites in Europe, as well as Africa, Asia and America, according to the strategy defined together with the Global Category Manager.


Key Responsibilities include


  • Work closely with the Global Category Manager to make sure that purchasing goals are well achieved, according to defined strategies, business priorities, Group policies and principles
  • Prepare & implement the sourcing category strategy for the materials in scope
  • Assist with the development of an Annual Savings target and the budget preparation for the following year. Prepare and produce spend and market analysis
  • Research and analysis across categories of spend to determine potential opportunities regarding process/sourcing enhancement within the cluster
  • Manage and execute directly through the procurement process the materials assigned under own lead covering the relevant production sites in the assigned regions or as relevant by category: constant benchmarking, organizes requests for proposals and tenders (including compiling the relevant information: price history, quality, service for bid proposals), offers evaluation and negotiation of the best price, terms and conditions, in accordance with the plants’ required service level and specifications
  • Develop ongoing category planning to reflect changes in the supplier and industry landscape and the needs of the organization, and communicates this information on an ongoing basis
  • Ensure appropriate risk management, capacity and contingency plans for respective areas of responsibility, and drives to increasingly incorporate best in class techniques and industry benchmarks
  • Proactively assist Supply Chain at all plant locations with any issues relating to supply. This encompasses suppliers, purchases and policies
  • Lead, control and drive improvement in the transactional buying process for respective category areas to capitalize on opportunities, drive productivity, and deliver quality and service requirements for stakeholders
  • Manage supplier performance through reporting and expediting all products purchased and periodical supplier evaluation 
  • Manage the relationships with suppliers as required and appropriate
  • Engage in productivity, cash flow, supplier reduction, supplier compliance, general analysis and innovation projects
  • Support other projects driven by procurement, the Business Unit or another functional area with a focus on overall Total Cost of Ownership
  • Maintain ownership and accountability for all assigned action items and follow-ups, and drives improvements in processes, capabilities and systems within identified categories of spend
  • Communicate with internal stakeholders in order to ensure the necessary buy-in for the sourcing projects
  • Participate in sourcing and category management discussions, provide category expertise, and ensure ongoing linkages with the business
  • Contribute to frequent cross-functional team meetings, and provide regular communication to outline risks and opportunities for respective categories
  • Use SAP system to manage Supplier info records; keep the SAP system updated with any supplier pricing or lead-times
  • Ensure all contractual terms are in place with Suppliers. Integrate operationally the suppliers and contractual terms (collecting samples, assisting the QA approval process, contract implementation and monitoring etc)
  • Could be assigned to special projects as may arise



About you


  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Language skills: English fluent, any other language is an asset

  • 8+ years professional experience, with 5+ years of Procurement/Sourcing experience in a category buyer role

  • Experience with responsibility over multiple sites

  • Experience within Manufacturing or FMCG industry

  • Experience in sourcing of packaging materials is a must

  • Strategic Thinking

  • Strong communication skills, written and verbal

  • Ability to confer with stakeholders at the highest levels

  • Influential and tenacious

  • Self-motivated and adaptable, able to work independently and strong team-player

  • Able to prioritize and multitask in a fast moving environment

  • High ethics and integrity standards

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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