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Lead Buyer Raw Materials & Ingredients

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Londerzeel
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Londerzeel

Have an appetite for more?

Join a leading global bakery group powered by ambitious people that are truly passionate about delivering the best in everything they do.

With business in mind and people at heart we always work together to influence our road ahead. We want you to be part of our growth journey and of a great, global family.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Lead Buyer Raw Materials & Ingredients to join our Lantmännen Unibake team in Belgium.

This is what you will do

As a Lead Buyer you will develop and implement sourcing strategies for the category of Raw Materials & Ingredients. You’ll take the lead in managing a portfolio of preferred suppliers, building up extensive market knowledge, working together with internal stakeholders to support innovation projects and drive cost saving initiatives, whilst securing supply at the best possible price-quality ratio. You’ll be working closely together with the Global Procurement Team and be an advocate of procurement best practices within Lantmännen Unibake.

Primary areas of responsibility:

  • Procurement activities

    • Negotiating of Raw Materials, Ingredients and other defined categories
    • Ensuring a continuous availability of Raw Materials and Ingredients of the right quality at the right time and at the right cost
    • Acquiring and preparing data input for RFI/RFQ/tendering process and Contract management system
    • Being accountable for budgeting and forecast material prices and preparing market update report for your internal stakeholders like sales and finance department
  • Supplier & Customer relationship management

    • Developing and maintaining a challenging yet professional relationship with suppliers;
    • Setting up & monitoring performance targets, pushing continuous improvement and resolving ad-hoc issues in a timely manner;
    • Securing compliance with standards, controls, policies and guidelines of Lantmännen Unibake;
    • Managing major supplier complaints
    • Liaison with Lantmännen Unibake HQ and their Global Category Managers for specific categories
  • Setting up sourcing strategies/Category Management

    • Representing, maintaining and developing market expertise of your categories

    • Identifying, driving and delivering Procurement Action Plans for Raw materials, Ingredients and other defined categories in line with Unibake global procurement category strategy

    • Implementing new suppliers and/or items or phasing out suppliers and/or items in collaboration with relevant stakeholders (including new/existing product development)

    • Driving and leading cost saving initiatives to obtain cost reduction/avoidance
    • Supporting innovation projects for both market as well as customer driven innovation processes – thereby liaising with R&D, Production, Sales and Marketing.

Work with great people

Petra Görman
Project Manager
"I truly appreciate the help I received from Lantmännen Unibake and my contact person during the relocation."
Yang Wang
Business Intelligence Developer
"There is a large diversity of nationalities in Lantmännen Unibake, and it is quite interesting to observe so many different people walking in and out the office everyday."
Carlo Rampini
Global Innovation Manager
"Before applying, I didn’t know Lantmännen Unibake, but I found that the company fits my personal values and interests."
Andreas von Bülow
Supply Chain Global Graduate
"People are working towards the same goals with a clear focus - also having the long-term development of the business in mind."
Henriette Penter
HR administrator
"Det, jeg er vild med, er frihed under ansvar og de mange forskellige kollegaer, jeg har. Her hilser vi altid på hinanden, og vi har rigtig fine værdier, som jeg meget nemt kan relatere mig til. "
Muhammed Iseni
Teamkoordinator i produktionen
"Jeg har været ansat i mange år og skal snart i gang med en uddannelse, så jeg går fra at være ufaglært til at være faglært. Schulstad belønner loyalitet og arbejdsindsats med gode udviklingsmuligheder"
Cecilie Wiingaard
Marketing Manager
"Jeg har en tempofyldt hverdag, hvor jeg er stolt af at udvikle og markedsføre unikke brødkoncepter, når vi som team sammen fornyer og forbedrer danskernes brødkultur."
Beston Ali Bekas
Lagermedarbejder
"Mine opgaver holder mig i bevægelse og giver en masse variation. Jeg har kendt både mine chefer og kollegaer længe, og jeg møder gode mennesker fra alverdens lande og kulturer hver dag. "
Gitte Kloster Pedersen
Teamkoordinator
"Som teamkoordinator er der ikke, to dage som er ens. Der følger et stort ansvar med, og der udvises stor tillid fra min leder."
Michelle Helt
Key Account Manager
"Kulturen forplanter sig gennem hele organisationen, og som ny medarbejder fornemmer man straks den stemning og passion helt fra bageriet, pakkeriet og til salgsafdelingen."
Patrik
Automatiktekniker
"Fra dag 1 har jeg fået mine egne projekter. Det er et stort ansvar, og forventningerne er høje, men der er altid tid til at stille spørgsmål, sparre med de mange erfarne kolleger og plads til at lære"
Jane Leth Jørgensen
Digital Manager
"Vi arbejder tæt sammen på tværs af afdelinger for at nå vores fælles mål. I Marketing er vi i fuld gang med at nytænke, hvordan vi digitalt kan understøtte vores forretning og skabe mest mulig værdi."
Johanna Seppänen
asiakassuhdepäällikkö
"Arvostan tosi paljon sitä, että Vaasanilla vastuullisuuteen suhtaudutaan vakavasti eikä se ole pelkkää puhetta."
Kari Mikkonen
paistaja
"Minua motivoi työssäni se, että olen tärkeä lenkki leivänvalmistuksen ketjussa. Yksi ei voi tehdä yksin hyvää, vaan siihen tarvitaan ihan jokaista."
Vesa Leinonen
tuotekehittäjä
"Arvostan kulttuuriamme, jossa on helppo ottaa yhteyttä keneen tahansa ilman turhaa hierarkiaa ja muodollisuuksia."
Jussi Taskinen
työnjohtaja
"Haluamme nähdä toisemme menestyvän, mikä näkyy avoimena ilmapiirinä, jossa parhaat ideat ja käytännöt jaetaan rohkeasti eteenpäin."
Angelė Knizikevicienė
Panevėžio ekspedicija, dispečerė
"Mūsų kolektyvas šaunus, su visais puikiai sutariame. Jaučiu vadovų paramą ir žmogišką požiūrį į darbuotojo poreikius. Esu labai patenkinta darbu, niekuomet neatsisakau daryti daugiau."
Elvydas Urbelionis
Vilniaus kepykla, linijos operatorius
"Mano mėgstamiausia duona „Toste“. Aš dirbu tos linijos operatoriumi ir valdau visą šios duonos gamybos procesą. Tai labai geras jausmas. Nuo žmogaus daug kas priklauso."
Genė Plakienė
Panevėžio kepykla, kepėja-kūrikė
"Džiaugiuosi komandiniu darbu mūsų įmonėje. Čia vienas lauke ne karys. Kiekvienam iš mūsų labai rūpi galutinis darbo rezultatas - mūsų duona patenkintas pirkėjas."
Vladislav Bobrovskij
Vilniaus kepykla, elektrikas šaltkalvis-kūrikas
"Nors „Vilniaus duonoje“ dirbu jau 13 metų, mokausi ir darbo patirties įgaunu kasdien, nes kepykloje sumontuota moderni įranga. Labai patinka toks darbas, kai nuo tavęs priklauso galutinis rezultatas."
Vilma Šimienė
Klientų aptarnavimo vadovė
"Darbe supa profesionalūs kolegos, kurių kasdieniame darbe ir elgesyje atsispindi įmonės vertybės. Džiaugiuosi prisidėdama prie įmonės rezultatų ir būdama dalimi to, ką kuriame ir valgome kasdien."
Valdas Laukagalis
Kokybės vadovas
"Įmonėje taikoma matricinė valdymo struktūra suteikia labai dideles galimybes tiek pagalbos, tiek žinių prasme. Čia keičiamės patirtimi ir informacija tarp skirtingų kepyklų skirtingose valstybėse."
Tadas Gaškauskas
Vyr. pardavimų atstovas
"Per mano darbo „Vilniaus duonoje“ laikotarpį su kai kuriais darbuotojais tapome ne tik kolegomis, bet ir labai gerais draugais. Tai pasako labai daug apie „Vilniaus duonos“ žmones."
Kristina Špokienė
Buhalterė
"Labai vertinu „Vilniaus duonos“ darbo aplinką, nes čia vertinama darbuotojo nuomonė, skatinamas atviras bendravimas, yra tobulėjimo galimybės, bei vieningas tikslo siekiantis kolektyvas."

Skills & Requirements

Your profile:

  • In addition to a Master’s degree (or equivalent through experience), you demonstrate a minimum of 3-5 years of purchasing experience in commodities;
  • Proven track record of leading multifunctional projects (e.g. cost savings, supplier improvement, innovation) or being part of such a project team;
  • You are a skilled negotiator with a strong expertise in sourcing/supplier management (processes), and are familiar with financial analyses and risk management;
  • Fluent in English in combination with a proficient knowledge of Dutch/French.

Your “power skills”

  • Profound analytical skills in combination with a helicopter view to build a thorough understanding of your different buying categories, market situation, suppliers, technology,... and related supply chain processes;
  • Strategic thinking to translate your findings into a procurement strategy;

  • Your organizational skills are on point, you have a flexible mindset and are a strong project manager;

  • You are result-oriented with a strong commercial business awareness, challenges the status-quo and takes initiatives to drive change;

  • Your excellent communication and persuasion skills enable you to influence effectively your suppliers, build partnerships that last on the long term and engage your internal stakeholders (i.e. Finance, R&D & NPD, Marketing, Quality, Production, Logistics, Customer Service,…).

  • Thanks to your leadership skills and organization sensitivity, you are a first-class stakeholder manager who interacts effectively at senior management levels – both within our cluster as well as at Group level – and can steer a multifunctional team in an international context;

  • As a self-starter you show a genuine drive to learn, develop yourself and explore new opportunities.

What we offer to you

  • The opportunity to grow along and together with our organization in terms of responsibilities, career path – both towards a Procurement Management’ role in our cluster and/or at Group level;
  • You will have direct business impact, contribute to our growth strategy and be working in a culture based on empowerment, entrepreneurship and openness;
  • The opportunity to work for an employer with an ambitious vision, resulting in millions of smiling tummies. Lantmännen – a cooperation of 25 000 farmers – is our key shareholder whose down-to-earth and entrepreneurial spirit is reflected throughout our entire organization.

Expected travelling days: around 20% of your time to Lantmännen Unibake's suppliers and Copenhagen HQ

Place of work: Londerzeel or Mouscron in combination with a home-office

Sounds interesting?

We will interview ongoing so please don’t hesitate to send your application by submitting your resume.

If you have any questions about the position or recruitment process, please reach out to Els Magerman (Talent Acquisition Specialist). If you have any questions about the position, you are welcome to contact Frits Brinkerhof (Project Manager Sourcing).

We will treat your candidature with the highest level of confidentiality and would appreciate if you'd submit your candidature in English.

About the company

Lantmännen Unibake is a leading global bakery company within the Lantmännen Group. With expertise in bakery products for food service and retail, we serve consumers around the clock and across the world every day. The aim is to make bread and pastry a profitable business for our customers through tasty, high-quality products and innovative solutions and based on a sustainable mind-set and excellent food safety standards. Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, Lantmännen Unibake operates modern bakeries around the world and has sales in more than 60 countries. The brand portfolio comprises a range of well-established B2B and BtC brands e.g. Schulstad Bakery Solutions, Schulstad, Bonjour, Vaasan, Pastridor and Hatting. Lantmännen Unibake has a turnover of EUR 1.2 billion and employs more than 6,000 people in 20+ countries. Appetite for more? Visit us at www.lantmannen-unibake.com


plupp5 reasons you'll be glad you chose us

#1It goes right. Right from the start. New people start at Lantmännen Unibake every day. We’re used to creating the right beginning, right from day one. We’re ready for you.

#2Baking is a people business. Lantmännen Unibake has flour on its hands and people at its heart. The whole process of making everyday products takes team work, open-ness and mutual respect.

#3It's a group thing. Working for a global business is different. You feel connected to something bigger. Your team has a higher purpose. Ripples turn into waves.

#4It's about baking the future. We are taking baking further. Not just geographically but in terms of innovation. We have a proud heritage but we want to explore new products, markets and opportunities.

#5Diversity is a reality. Not an ambition. Not only are we global, we hire a multitude of nationalities. At the moment, your future colleagues come from more than 40 countries.

Frits Brinkerhof | Contact Person

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