Greencore Group

Purchasing Excellence Specialist

Barlborough, Chesterfield
16 May 2019
16 Jun 2019
Buying, Sales
Business Sector
Food & Drink
Full Time
Contract Type

Purchasing Excellence Specialist 

Want your efforts to make the biggest possible impacts? To be rewarded for catalysing change, not just playing the game? To be part of a thriving, supportive and tenaciously challenging culture?

That’s three things we’ve got in common then. As part of the Greencore Purchasing Excellence (GPE) initiative we are looking to hire a team of Purchasing Excellence Specialists to challenge and support buyers with insight, cost builds and utilising best practice processes that identify and deliver cost savings and optimised supply chains.

You will be part of a wider business improvement (BI) community  across all of Greencore, seeking to understand and unlock cost and value throughout the whole of the supply and manufacturing process. GPE is a fresh, structured approach designed to take the Purchasing function to the next stage of evolution and performance.

Role Responsibility

  • Actively contribute to Greencore Excellence community to support the delivery of specific projects
  • Provide facilitation and challenge existing norms, for  purchasing, to support the embedding of new way of working
  • Take joint ownership with purchasing peers for the identification and delivery of targeted cost saving
  • Act as an advocate for GPE by coaching colleagues in the routine use of GPE tools/methods
  • Identify and coach non BI/Excellence colleagues to ensure that they build their excellence capability and where appropriate are identified as excellence talent for the future
  • Participate in the supplier negotiation activity; contribute insight, analysis and describe the logic for suggested cost savings so that the supplier is persuaded to accept the revised terms/costings
  • Through research, facilitation and general data gathering activities create cost models (cost build, could costs and should costs) which identify and direct cost saving

The Ideal Candidate

  • Bachelor's degree calibre preferably in Maths, Science or Business.
  • Advanced numeracy and analytical skills; ability to review finance and commercial information and draw new insights/understanding
  • Structured approach and mindset; able to see the end to end process. With experience of purchasing, improvement activity and manufacturing preferred, but not essential
  • Inquisitive and challenging; ability to investigate and challenge costs across the supplier base
  • Demonstrable ability to manage and engage people with change

Package Description


About the Company

Greencore Group is a fast growing, convenience food leader in the UK, having doubled our sales over the past 5 years. We’re looking for passionate, talented people who can help us to drive our future success. People who innovate, create, lead and inspire. We set the bar high, and expect that our people do too. 

We value our people and we expect our people to work the Greencore Way (check out our LinkedIn page 

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