Buyer – Sofina Foods – Grimsby

Sofina Foods

Young’s Seafood Limited is home of the Young’s branded range and is the leading UK fish and seafood processor providing frozen and chilled, branded and retailer branded fish. With a team of over 3,000 people across 11 sites in the UK, including Pinney’s of Scotland based in Annan and Macrae Foods based in Livingston and Fraserburgh, we work in long-term partnership with our customers to provide responsibly sourced fish to the consumer.

Young’s has over 200 years’ experience in the Seafood market and uses more than 30 species which are sourced from 5 continents. Our team takes products from conception through to production and prepares over 300 million seafood dishes for the UK consumer every year inspiring people to eat fish twice a week.

Job Purpose

The main purpose is to develop, implement and manage the allocated seafood raw material category strategies for Sofina across all Youngs sites. This will involve delivering the most cost-effective supply through the application of robust strategies, negotiations, business risk, and continuity management. A key element of the role is to ensure all seafood is purchased in accordance with the applicable Sofina seafood quality specifications and CSR principles.

As a Seafood Buyer, you will work closely with the Commercial, NPD, Marketing, Business Performance, and Supply Chain teams to ensure your raw material categories have the appropriate suppliers to meet our full business requirements across a broad customer base. You will also strive to minimize our category spend across all manufacturing sites, as well as optimising stock cover and payment terms. You will provide strong communication to the applicable business functions as well as key retailer customers, and you will continually look for opportunities to drive continuous improvement and innovation in your categories which drives a healthy competitive advantage for Sofina. You will be expected to become the expert in your allocated raw material categories and this will involve significant retailer engagement, including attending retailer sustainability forums and supporting the appropriate fisheries.

Key Accountabilities

Own, and be an expert for the allocated seafood raw material categories.

Develop the sourcing and supplier strategy for these categories.

Develop supply partnerships and supply chains to drive competitive advantage.

Develop the raw material category strategy and supplier development across Sofina’s manufacturing sites as applicable.

Drive total cost of ownership – including effective price negotiations, price benchmarking, forecast setting, and standard cost control.

Drive working capital improvements – including optimised raw material stock control, credit terms, consignment stock aligned to working capital agenda.

Implement effective risk management controls including – contingency of supply, contractual agreements, CSR and specification control.

Drive key actions for these raw material categories arising from Sofina initiatives e.g. CI projects, Seafood Integration meetings, NIRF (NPD) meetings.

Proactively manage communications between the Commercial, NPD, Business Performance, Supply Chain, Customer and the Procurement departments on key issues and actions to deadlines.

Drive continuous improvement actions for the raw material categories.

Behaviours Required for the Role

Emotional intelligence

Team working – impact and influence

Knowing, managing and developing self

Self confidence

Motivation and drive

The ability to cope with significant international travel will be required,

The ability to act independently and with initiative, and to represent Sofina professionally in all external business interactions.

Qualifications Required for the Role

Degree level or equivalent.

CIPS or other professional purchasing qualifications, (or working towards) are desirable but not mandatory

Key Challenges

To develop and execute effective procurement plans and actions which reduce total cost of ownership and optimise working capital for the allocated raw material categories.

Also, to ensure continuity of raw material supply, and to manage supply, CSR, quality and reputational risk

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