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Location
United Kingdom
Department
Commercial

About The Role

You will be responsible for all purchasing aspects of packaging. The Packaging Buyer must establish and maintain strong working relationships with all suppliers to secure supply and achieve best price agreements. You will be the subject matter expert on packaging materials, packaging concept development and packaging suppliers.
 
  • Contribute to the formulation and implementation of the Packaging Sourcing Strategy to ensure that business performance targets are achieved and ensure cross functional alignment with the plan
  • Lead on all procurement activity for Packaging to ensure that the total cost is managed efficiently and effectively through financial forecasting, rebates, cash management, material availability and input cost inflation
  • Actively seek knowledge on new developments in packaging materials and formats to enable AMFRESH and their customers to be at the leading edge of new options to better package products.
  • Developing relationships with all suppliers and ensuring performance measures are in place which are reviewed regularly. Using these measures to ensure that key suppliers are meeting continuous improvement targets relating to value, quality, service, risk management and innovation
  • Undertake the identification & execution of cost avoidance / saving initiatives and develop cost reduction plans
  • Own the Procurement process for RFI, RFP, negotiation and vendor management in relevant categories
  • Negotiating, drafting and completing contractual terms for projects and works within the spend Category, in line with AMFRESH key requirements
  • Complete commercial negotiations through to contract award or amendment
  • Forecast cost movement projections for input to the budgeting process
  • Stakeholder engagement with Commercial teams, including regular market updates and commentary, and support of inflation recovery
  • Stakeholder engagement with Operational teams, including Technical and Sustainability, to ensure correct levels of Quality and Inbound Service levels are achieved, as well as developing good working relationships with the site teams.

About You

  • Detailed knowledge of procurement systems and processes
  • Negotiation experience
  • High level knowledge of Packaging
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office systems
  • Good understanding of food manufacturing, processes, and working with suppliers
  • Solid communication skills, both written and verbal; Able to communicate effectively and in a structured way at all levels.
  • Demonstrated experience of achieving significant savings

About Us

Here at AM Fresh UK, it is our mission to deliver the freshest and healthiest products to our customers and consumers. Based in the village of Alconbury, 5 miles outside of Huntingdon, AM Fresh UK continues to grow year on year and can offer a wealth of career and development opportunities at one of the area’s largest employers. 

With over 90 years committed to delivering quality fresh food at scale, AM FRESH UK, owned by the AM FRESH Group is currently building their own state of the art facility. The site now fully operational and showcases a variety of high-tech automation to serve the packing of fresh fruit and vegetables to major retailers. The business has invested heavily into this facility which further demonstrates the growth plans for the Group. AM FRESH employs around 700 people and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 



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