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Buyer/Procurement Officer


Wyong, NSW, AU, 2259

JOB CATEGORY:  Commercial


The Role


Based on the Sunny Central Coast and reporting into the Commercial Director, we are on the lookout for an ambitious and strategic buyer to join our fast paced team.  The role itself is responsible for executing local buying strategies for a specific group of Raw Materials and Co manufacturing/co packing services in the direct buying area. . The right candidate will be a key contact for local supplier relationships and a strong ambassador for their team and the Mars business.


The role also ensures continuous and cost-effective supply in line with business specifications. He/she will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with a number of cross functional partners to develop and implement sourcing strategies and standards. In return, you will gain valuable experience within the commercial function and further opportunities to develop both professionally and personally. If you’re looking to take your career to the next level- apply now!


Key Responsibilities


  • Secures price, capacity & service levels in line with commitments to the business
  • Recommends and implements supply base strategy, assesses and develops suppliers in order to meet business needs and opportunities
  • Ensures effective risk management of the supply base, through robust contracts and monitoring of financial and other KPIs.
  • Establishes & maintains relationships with key stakeholders and their teams to ensure understanding of their needs and to facilitate the appropriate level of challenge.
  • Complies with policies, systems & controls. Communicates business risk & opportunity.
  • Provides market and financial insights and inputs to the internal financial planning and review processes
  • Implements best practice for areas of responsibility. Participates in team knowledge transfer
  • Provides input to and executes Regional & Global Category Sourcing strategies, where required.
  • Participates in external forums and associations
  • Develops and executes sourcing strategies using the Mars Strategic Sourcing Management framework and the appropriate tools for the market category (routine, leverage, bottleneck, critical) in less complex categories or markets, with the support of the LM or a more senior colleague
  • Applies a wide range of sourcing tools (e.g. negotiation, e-procurement, strategic collaboration, etc.) to select and allocate business to suppliers
  • Implements and complies with standard processes and tools to ensure responsible, continuous and sustainable sourcing
  • Works collaboratively with Local/Regional/Global stakeholders for this category and other cross functional partners to develop and implement global standards


The ideal candidate


  • University Degree qualifications in Business, Supply, Procurement or similar
  • 2+ years of category experience, ideally with supplier/customer management experience & financial acumen
  • Direct buying experience preferred with FMCG
  • Proven results in strategic sourcing and value delivery to the business
  • Experience with supplier relationship management
  • Dedicated customer focus
  • Good problem solving, conflict management and negotiation skills
  • High level of perseverance.

Why Mars Australia?  


  • Awarded Australia’s #6 company for 2018 in the Best Places to Work survey in the 1,000 + employees category
  • Be paid weekly, with regular onsite visits from our banking partner to support your financial wellbeing
  • Opportunity to opt-in to our Mars superannuation co-contribution matching scheme
  • Access to our Maxxia Rewards Programme offering discounts across dining and entertainment
  • Enrolment to world class training via our Mars University centre of learning excellence


About Us:


Mars Food Australia is one of Australia’s leading food manufacturers. Within our growing business, more than 300 people known as Associates create 600 products under iconic food brands, including MasterFoods®, DOLMIO®, KAN TONG® and UNCLE BEN'S®.


Mars Food’s purpose is to create Better Food Today for a Better World Tomorrow. With a Mars Food product in more than 80% of Australian homes, we aim to make a positive difference to our consumers and communities through tasty, healthy and easy meals that bring people together.


Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 85,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.


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Mars Australia & New Zealand is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. 


At Mars Australia & New Zealand we prefer to manage all sourcing directly, please do apply to this role if you are interested. Introductions via agency will not be accepted.

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