COFFEE BUYER

Treatt USA 4900 Lakeland Commerce Parkway, Lakeland, Florida, 33805

Full Time | Posted 9 weeks ago

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Job title:Coffee Buyer
Reporting to:Global Procurement Manager
Location: Lakeland, USA
Hours: 40 hours per week

The Opportunity

The post holder will drive the implementation of the Procurement strategy for purchased products within their remit, supporting the global department and championing teamwork. Identifying new suppliers, developing cost-reduction initiatives, increasing efficiencies, and mitigating risk from a supply perspective are all integral to this role. There must be focus on sourcing from a global supply base, developing new, and nurturing existing supplier relationships to ensure sustainable and ethical supply of key raw materials whilst ensuring continuity of supply.

There should be cross-functional alignment with Validation and Innovation to procure coffee raw material on agreed/given technical specifications and quality requirements. Working in conjunction with Innovation to develop new products and reformulate current manufacturing processes to enhance commercial opportunities. Regular and proactive communication with all stakeholders, suppliers and key contacts within the business will be essential. Providing real time market updates as well as practical, innovative solutions to supply challenges and risks.

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, Innovation Scientist

“Joining my close and supportive team was the most enjoyable way to gain more skills and increase my knowledge” – Ashley, Distillation Control Team Leader
“Treatt creates an environment to help you be the best you can, with no two days the same and opportunities always available to help you learn and develop. The people and the culture create a fantastic company to be part of” – Rebecca, Commercial Coordinator

What you’ll be doing

• Develop, manage, and implement sourcing strategies
• Full procurement cycle responsibility and autonomy for sourcing of materials, placing emphasis on the right quality and timely arrival of goods
• Investigate and implement ways of reducing cost, including but not limited to, alternative supplier sourcing, increasing payment terms, negotiation, reformulation, process engineering
• Maintain awareness of market conditions and material supply issues, identifying and mitigating supply risk and communicating any pertinent information to relevant internal and external customers through proactive supplier communications
• Stakeholder engagement - advise and support stakeholders on business related matters to maximise value from commercial opportunities and supply arrangements
• Visit suppliers and customers where necessary and attend industry events as and when required which will involve international travel. Building and developing strong working relationships with suppliers and key stakeholders
• Utilise all resources and systems available, including JDE, to maintain optimal levels of inventory and ensure continuity of supply
• Provide education opportunities using all formats, including formal presentations. Sharing and maximising product knowledge within the business
• Identify unique raw materials for the development of products, partnering with the Procurement team to meet requirements
• Work with the Coffee category team and Innovation team in the planning of innovation priorities
• Participate in sensory evaluation of coffee projects, new products, reformulations, ingredient substitutions, and competitive products
• Partner with sales team members to identify and analyse consumer market trends that might provide increased sales and product development opportunities
• Perform such other tasks as are consistent with the general role description and job title, which may be subject to change from time to time

What we’re looking for

Essential Criteria:
• A minimum of 3 years Procurement experience in a complex buying role, or equivalent supply chain experience
• Commercial mindset with a strong focus on providing the best possible service to our customers, both internal and external
• Experience sourcing and buying Coffee from a global supply base
• Proven experience dealing with high value contracts and purchases
• In depth understanding of supply & demand and global supply chains
• Strong technical knowledge relevant to respective categories and portfolio of products
• Competent international traveller
Desirable Criteria:
• Experience of working within the Flavour & Fragrance industry
• Risk management experience or formal training would be advantageous
• Effective people management experience
• MCIPS qualified
• Degree in Chemistry, Food Science, or related subject

We want you to love your work and bring that energy to the job every day, no matter what the task. You’ll be someone who keeps up to date with the latest technologies and is always willing to share their knowledge with colleagues.
Our department is busy. We need someone who can run with the pack but also bring their own personality to their work.
You should be personable, friendly and supportive, acknowledging that you’ll get to work with colleagues from all seniority levels across all departments on a daily basis.

What we’ll do for you

We offer an excellent package which includes a competitive salary; vacation time as well as the opportunity to purchase additional vacation, we also offer a discretionary annual bonus, medical (including family cover), dental and vision coverage, AFLAC, 401k employer matching up to 6%, company-paid short term and long term disability insurance, company-paid life insurance and stock purchase options.
With the encouragement and development you need, we help you to become your ultimate you. Beyond building a successful career, we also support the wishes and ambitions of our staff outside of the office in achieving a health work/life balance - the wellbeing of our staff is paramount to us, which we actively promote and support by regularly delivering a variety of wellbeing initiatives. There will also be opportunities to be actively involved in community and charity projects and to take part in numerous subsidised social events.
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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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