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Strategic Sourcing Manager - External Manufacturing



JOB CATEGORY:  Commercial


Strategic Sourcing Manager – External Manufacturing

Based: UK, Spain, Poland (be able to go twice per week to any of our offices in those countries)


A key regional Procurement role leading the external manufacturing pipeline to deliver the long term growth & innovation agenda for our European Pet Nutrition business. 

As Strategic Sourcing Manager for External Manufacturing, you’ll play the lead role in delivering a robust, reliable, high quality and innovative external supply pipeline that meets the needs of the Pet Nutrition segment today, as well as ensuring it is fit for purpose for the years ahead.  Covering circa 70m€ spend and 10-15 manufacturing sites across the region you will need to build strong relationships with Marketing Managers, Industrial Engineers, Finance Managers, Supply Chain Leads and Supplier Quality Managers, among others. 

This role is flexible to be based in either the UK, Spain or Poland.

What would be your key responsibilities?
•    Partnering with our regional supply & marketing leadership teams to define the business ambitions for the external network of the future
•    Creation of a 3-5 years Procurement Strategic Sourcing Roadmap
•    Execution of the sourcing strategy activities, in partnership with operational buyers
•    Identifying and delivering service improvement & cost optimization
•    Leading supplier performance & relationship management
•    Acting as the first line of escalation on issues between suppliers and the business

What are we looking for?
•    Degree level in a Business or Buying related discipline
•    Proven track record in Procurement and ideally extensive experience in the FMCG Industry
•    Broad business experience, including supplier/customer management
•    Comfortable around senior management adept at building relationships and influencing at this level
•    Robust financial acumen and strong analytical skills with a high level of decision quality
•    Strong on process and project management and with a real drive for results
•    Willing and flexible to travel across Europe
•    Fluent in English

What can you expect from Mars?
•    An industry competitive salary and benefits package, including excellent pension
•    Pet-friendly offices, where your pets’ enjoyment is as high on our agenda as yours
•    A company that understands the importance of a work-life balance
•    The chance to take hold of your own career and develop personally and professionally




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