Food Ingredients 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 Food Ingredients Category Buyer you will be tasked with accurately procuring raw materials at the best overall value, 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 raw materials are delivered as per agreed conditions. You will be managing the strategic and operational sourcing process for specific assigned categories (Food Additives, Sweeteners)  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 principle
  • Prepare & implement the sourcing category strategy for the materials in scope
  • Setting up a planning structure to serve the network of Cocoa and Chocolate plants
  • Initiate & support sourcing projects (e.g. sustainability, site integration, portfolio simplification
  • Handling operational, logistic and quality issues (non conformities)
  • Handling of daily pricing questions (key accounts, daily price updates)
  • Ensure maximum cost avoidance by soliciting pricing bids/quotes and run tenders
  • Supplier relationship management: maintenance of supplier data in SRM
  • Negotiate legal agreements with suppliers to define supply, prices, service, confidentiality conditions…
  • Support the implementation of sustainable sourcing strategy for the portfolio
  • Share best practices and market knowledge with the regional and local buyers


About you


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3-5 years of  experience in purchasing within the food or chemical products industry, specific experience in specialty food ingredients is a plus
  • Good knowledge in SAP  S/4 and specifically  in MM- Material management, Salesforce.  Good proficiency in data handling in Excel, Google Sheets
  • English fluent written and oral, French, German is a plus
  • Confidence combined with negotiating, influencing and networking skills
  • Clear communicator in written and orally
  • Ability to function independently 
  • Having a sense of urgency to minimize lead times and maximize service levels provided to stakeholders
  • Collaborative, able to work closely and understand the needs of business partners at the Plants, Pricing, R&D, QA, etc.
  • Entrepreneurship and pro-active
  • Able to coordinate efforts of different stakeholders to reach objectives of value engineering, cost savings initiatives, or other projects
  • Good analytical skills; ability to quickly and effective analyze data and make sound decisions
  • High energy with the ability to thrive in a fast paced, transformational work environment
  • Conflict management skills with the ability to effectively collaborate with and constructively challenge purchase stakeholders
  • Willingness to help drive change throughout the organization

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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