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SLO - Senior Strategic Operations Buyer

Job Description

Job Description

This role manages commercial operational and strategic sourcing activities in the EUCIS region in order to create end-to-end business solutions for marketing goods and services (specifically: Shopper / Data Tech spend) in the indirect sourcing area for several sites and countries across Mars segments (Mars Wrigley Confectionery, Petcare, Food).

He/she works closely with the MGS Commercial team, business stakeholders across functions and suppliers, and is responsible for the efficient and effective execution of sourcing strategy activities. This role is responsible for implementing the Marketing and Sales Shopper plan as well as identifying and delivering additional value chain optimisation opportunities. He/ she will act as the first line of escalation on issues between suppliers and the business and implement the supplier relationship management process with preferred suppliers

Key Responsibilities.

Manages indirect goods & services spend (Shopper marketing) in line with commitments to the business and as per the sourcing strategy by applying a wide range of sourcing and project management tools (e.g., negotiation, tenders, strategic collaboration, project management etc.)

Implements business/ commercial strategy implements the Shopper implementation plan including managing the transition of business to Mars preferred suppliers, negotiating commercial agreements, running tenders, and setting up & monitoring new processes in line with the Program strategy.

Ensures effective risk management of the current supply base including where applicable managing transition plans to new suppliers, through robust contract management and monitoring of financial and other KPIs. Implement corrective actions as appropriate & manages all related commercial, financial & ethical aspects of projects

Establishes & maintains relationships with business stakeholders including across marketing, sales, supply, R&D, S&OP, finance, and their teams to ensure understanding of their needs and to facilitate the appropriate level of challenge in order to drive alignment and deliver the business strategy in partnership

Comply with governance policies, systems & controls

Provide market and financial insights

Provide input to and execute Global & Regional strategies (MSSM) & other major work-streams

Participate in external forums and associations & brings "the outside [and best practice] in"

Acts as the liaison between the business and the sourcing manager to communicate changing business needs (e.g., specification, volume changes, etc.)

Carries out supplier performance reviews on a regular basis and implements the supplier relationship management plan, including the identification and management of supplier collaboration initiatives to deliver value to Mars and the maintenance/ updating of relevant KPIs

Context and Scope.

This role will be required to be a member of the EU Shopper commercial team and a wider team of 5-10 country Marketing & Sales Commercial Associates, across Europe region, and work together in a hyper collaborative way. This will require the need to travel to meet with key stakeholders as well as suppliers across the segments in Europe.

Candidate Description

Bachelor / master's degree

 Fluent in English

 Additional languages non-essential but preferential.

Knowledge/Experience

 Relevant professional experience, ideally within a marketing & sales indirect procurement role with experience of supplier relationship management 

Application Description

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