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IFF Regional Procurement Lead, MET (Middle East, Turkey) in Gebze, Turkey

Regional Procurement Lead, MET (Middle East, Turkey)

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Date:May 13, 2023

Location: Gebze, Kocaeli, TR, 41400

Company: IFF Family of Companies

About IFF

If you haven’t heard of IFF before (treasures are truly hard to find), it’s time to get excited. Welcome to the world’s best-kept secret and scent.

At IFF, we apply science and creativity for a better world, push past traditional boundaries and towards a more sustainable future. We are on a mission to co-create sensorial experiences that delight and go beyond the expectations of consumers everywhere.

While we have grown over the years, we remain agile in our approach and put our customers’ needs at the forefront of our thinking. We are an international collective of thinkers represented at over 110 manufacturing sites and 100 R&D centres globally.

IFF is growing and we are looking for a dedicated and results driven individual to join our Procurement division as Regional Procurement Lead, MET. You will have the opportunity to join IFF at a unique moment in time and impact our business directly by the work you do.

What you will contribute and lead

As RPL, you will be responsible for sourcing and vendor management to support our MET Nourish facilities.

You will lead and manage local sourcing for the assigned plants and regional sourcing portfolio in accordance with Global Procurement policies, systems, and procedures. While contributing to the execution of the Global Procurement strategies, through active participation on assigned Category Excellence Teams, you will be responsible for supply and service assurance and vendor management of spend to support operations.

You will be responsible to develop and execute business continuity plans to mitigate supply risks in close collaboration with commercial, creative and application and operations team. You will also lead the productivity and margin improvement agenda with finance, commercial, C&A and manufacturing.

The RPL is also responsible for maintaining price and source list in system for raw material spend, with the help of support teams (GSS). Resolving and reconciling of price discrepancy, supply disputes with vendor to support site demand, meeting customer request in the most cost efficient and effective manner are key deliverables for the role. You will be a key contributor for Global procurement policies and procedures implementation.

This role is on an agile working model (2 days on site, 3 days remote)

Your Focus

  • Understand the MET regional market dynamics, economic situation, and business practices

  • Monitor and manage performance of direct spend for the assigned locations / portfolio and ensure continuity of supply for designated sites of responsibility

  • Work closely with planning and manufacturing division to address potential supply shortage

  • As a member of the Category Excellence Teams (CETs), contribute to the execution of Global & Regional Procurement strategies by bringing in market intelligence and opportunities to optimize costs and drive productivity savings

  • Provide support to Commercial and Creative teams as required for day-to-day requirements and strategic initiatives

  • Build and manage internal relationships with key stakeholders in Creative & Applications (C&A), Operations, Sales, Finance, Legal, Quality, and GRA divisions

  • Represent IFF MET Procurement as key liaison for external relationship management with suppliers or/potential supply partners to ensure smooth and efficient execution of purchasing strategies

  • Lead the development of area-specific strategies in managing local / regional purchase portfolio

  • Develop supplier network to ensure continuity of supply and cost competitiveness

  • Oversee data maintenance integrity – on various purchasing system such as SAP, Ariba, BW, supplier contact info, plant IPC assignment and commercial costing database

  • Provide lead or support for entering MRC (Material review committee), plant extension, corporate documentation, payment terms, and data report generation

  • Manage budget and forecast cost of raw materials

  • Develop and implement action plans for others. Provide opportunities for developmental experiences and prioritize work for maximum impact

  • Provide critical feedback to subordinates, identifying strengths and opportunities to drive performance. Identify succession candidates, coach and monitor progress for talent development.

About You

  • To be successful in this role, you should have minimum 8-10 years’ experience in the Flavors & Fragrances industry, FMCG or other related industry within a Procurement function. You should have solid experience in sourcing, supply chain or suppliers’ management and excellent knowledge in procurement best practices

  • A CPSM with bachelor’s degree in business, Engineering, Science, Supply Chain, or any other relevant discipline from a reputable institute will be essential

  • With proven track record in strategic sourcing in a similar capacity, you are equipped with deep understanding of procurement and key supply markets, for both direct and indirect sourcing. CAPEX, production operation management or quality management experience will be advantageous

  • With strong knowledge of the market, economy, and business practices, you should have expertise in raw material direct sourcing, preferably with good supplier network

  • You are well versed in financial analysis, legal framework, business drivers and have the ability to engage cross-functional teams for project management and priority delivery

  • Ideally you should have team management or development experience apart from strong interpersonal and communication skills to work across different levels. Due to scope of work and local vendor management, you should be preferably bilingual in both English and Bahasa language. You are proficient to work in ERP environment including SAP, BW

  • You should be comfortable working in a B2B environment with a positive, self-driven or results oriented attitude with a strong bias for customer service. Strong teamwork, customer orientation, effective time management skills with proven ability to oversee all assigned projects and meeting deadlines are highly desirable. You should be motivated enough to work in matrix organization & flexible to work in different time zones as we are organized in a truly global and geographically dispersed manner.

At IFF, we believe that your uniqueness unleashes our potential. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive workplace. Visit IFF.com/careers to learn more about our Equality Policy