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Senior Buyer

Location: Cork Role: Permanent


Senior Buyer with responsibility for purchasing packaging and raw materials for a leading food manufacturer. Reporting to the Supply Chain Manager, the buyer will work closely with production and planning to ensure that all required materials are available to meet demand. Site uses SAP ERP system to manage all aspects of the manufacturing process.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Full responsibility for the procurement and management of all packaging, ingredients and cleaning chemicals for Manufacturing site.
Work with approved and new suppliers to agree commercials, ordering, scheduling of deliveries and usage monitoring to ensure packaging and ingredients are held at agreed levels.
Use MRP function on SAP to manage stock levels.
Negotiate pricing and supplier contracts for contracted materials.
Full responsibility for supply/demand alignment, material replenishment, and supplier performance.
Deal professionally with suppliers on packaging/ingredient quality or supply issues.
Support the R&D and sales teams to identify and source new suppliers for packaging and ingredients that meet technical, quality and commercial requirements.
Manage onboarding of new suppliers.
Management and control of slow-moving stock items and obsolete stock items.
Work closely with the supply chain team to improve supply chain efficiencies and reduce costs.


5 years Purchasing experience required in a similar role within a busy manufacturing environment.
Experience in a food manufacturing environment would be ideal
Very strong IT and numerical skills; must be proficient in the use of excel and have a working knowledge of an inventory management system, preferably SAP.
A structured individual with strong self-discipline and excellent organizational and record-keeping skills, capable of handling multiple projects, shifting priorities and handling deadline pressures.

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