R.C. Treatt & Co. Ltd Northern Way, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 6NL

Full Time | Posted 26 days ago


Job title: Buyer
Reporting to: Procurement Manager UK
Location: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
Hours:40 hours per week

The Opportunity

An exciting opportunity has arisen in our global procurement department. We are seeking a talented and ambitious Buyer to join the team on a permanent basis.

What it’s like to work here

We’ve been making the world taste better since 1886 and sell over 3000 products in more than 90 countries, but we’re only just getting started. We’re on an exciting journey and have ambitious plans to become the indispensable partner of choice for the world’s leading flavour and fragrance houses, beverage and consumer brands. On joining Treatt, you’ll become one of over 300 international experts, working together to collectively surprise and delight our customers. Nothing is more important to us than the happiness of our people as without them, we’d never succeed.

We think Treatt’s a great place to work, but don’t just take our word for it:

“Everyone wants your feedback and opinion; it feels like a place of study where nurturing and encouragement are the standard. It is very clear the hard work that goes into providing excellence for customers, but it is also very apparent that managers have the same goals for helping us all to progress.” – Anita Olvera, Analytical Chemist

“Treatt offers the opportunity to work with a team of fantastic people on a range of interesting and innovative products” – Magda Peake, Flavour & Fragrance Developer

What you’ll be doing

The duties and tasks involve, but are not limited to, the following:

• Full procurement cycle responsibility and autonomy from RFQ and tender negotiations through to contract and post-contract supplier management
• Ensuring optimal stock levels and OTIF deliveries
• Sourcing of high quality, value for money materials
• Identifying suppliers for new and existing products, establishing and enhancing key supplier relationships
• Negotiating favourable terms and pricing with suppliers for chosen quality material
• Immersing in global markets in order to maintain awareness of and communicate market conditions and dynamics internally and to customers
• Visit suppliers and attend industry events as and when required, involving international travel
• Ensure that pricing and supplier master data is kept up to date on the relevant IT systems to maintain procurement, planning and sales efficiencies
• Maintain and analyse reports, keeping an accurate record of trends to optimise savings and sales potentials

Essential criteria:

• Negotiation and influencing skills
• Self-starting and deadline focused
• Great interpersonal and relationship skills
• Knowledge and experience of MRP systems
• A can-do attitude with a pro-active hands-on approach to all tasks
• The ability to communicate complex issues effectively and efficiently both verbally and in writing across all levels within the business
• An ownership mentality with the aptitude to work independently or in a team
• Someone who demonstrates innovation, drive and enthusiasm
• Highly numerate with strong analytical skills and the ability to analyse a high volume of data and produce recommendations
• High proficiency in Microsoft Office packages, with particular focus on EXCEL

Desirable criteria:

• Experience of working within the Flavour & Fragrance industry or with Essential Oils and Aroma Chemicals
• Knowledge and experience of buying from a global supply base
• Competent international traveller
• Degree level education or MCIPS/CIPS qualified
• Experience using JD Edwards (JDE)
• A minimum of 3 years relevant Procurement or Supply Chain experience and commercial awareness
• Experience of purchasing a high volume of SKU’s

What we’ll do for you

We offer an excellent package which includes a competitive salary; discretionary annual bonus; BUPA; pension scheme with 9% employer contribution; life assurance, group income protection, eye sight testing, free shares. As well as our mandatory training we also offer courses around personal development and wellbeing.

Polite Notice

We politely request that we are not contacted by any recruitment agencies. We have a preferred supplier list and high volumes of speculative calls from agencies negatively impact upon the efficiency of our business. Please help us to maintain the highest levels of customer service by respecting our wishes.

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