Global Procurement Director


Leading development of procurement strategy - Connecting global dairy supply and demand

Location: Eindhoven

The Interfood Group is a leading global dairy supplier, facilitating the distribution of over one million metric tons of dairy products per annum.

Interfood has been at the heart of the global dairy value chain connecting supply and demand for over 50 years. With a team of more than 350 colleagues operating from 14 offices around the globe, Interfood is dedicated to providing a portfolio of products that combine the optimum location and quality with the lowest environmental impact, contributing to a successful and sustainable sector. The corporate and sustainability strategies – and the purpose, ‘Together for better’ – guide Interfood’s role in a value chain that allows the world to enjoy food responsibly.

Interfood operates in 136 countries around the world. Working in so many diverse environments means that it must be in tune with local requirements, trends, and cultures. Historically Interfood has been able to stand out by being able to go the extra mile for both its customers and suppliers. In order to further professionalize the organization and increase profitability, a more global approach is needed for the supply chain.

Therefore, the current organization will be strengthened by introducing a new position, a Global Procurement Director.

Global Procurement Director

The Global Procurement Director leads the development of a procurement strategy and sets the definition of requirements, the selection of suppliers, the development of offers, the negotiation of conditions, the development of contracts, and the management and reporting on performance of contracts.

Your primary objective is to realize a cost reduction target of M€10, while ensuring quality and supply availability. Your focus will be on the non-trade related buying, the forwarding process: transport, warehousing and distribution.

With your entrepreneurial skills, you will define and manage Interfood’s procurement strategy in line with the overall Business and SCM mission, vision and strategy.

You will clarify the actions needed to implement it, create a sense of urgency, and motivate people to commit to the strategy. You will develop and oversee an effective strategic sourcing and supplier management program with a strong emphasis on quality, cost, supply availability with the supply base. You will lead the development of partnering relationships with internal and external stakeholders and build mutual trust.

Your profile

You have completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, or a related field. You have a proven track record of implementing successful procurement strategies, as well as proven experience in procurement leadership roles, preferably within the dairy industry or related sectors. Strong understanding of global supply chain dynamics, market trends, and regulatory requirements is a must. Extensive knowledge of Contract Logistics and Freight Management businesses is a plus.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to oversee the bigger picture and connect the dots, and is skilled in translating concepts into actionable and pragmatic steps. You should possess analytical acumen and ambition, coupled with excellent communication skills in multiple languages. Next to strong skills in selecting, negotiating with, and managing suppliers, with a focus on building collaborative relationships to ensure a reliable and cost-effective supply chain.

We are searching for a results-oriented leader who is self-driven, proactive, authentic, persuasive, and possesses perseverance, conviction and well-argued reasoning. This role requires someone who is driven to win every day. Someone who is able to create the sense of urgency needed to reach the ambitious cost reduction target, and elevate the company to new heights.

Our client offers

The opportunity to take a pioneering role in development of a procurement strategy for one of the most prominent global dairy suppliers. It is an exciting time to be in the food industry. As populations rise, there is greater demand than ever for high quality, nutritional food. Positioned between the buyers and sellers in the international food chain, Interfood has a vital role to play in guaranteeing quality and fair prices as well as enabling the industry to operate in a way that is as sustainable as possible. The company has a solid foundation and a talented, motivated team. The company culture can be characterized as open and no-nonsense.

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