Packaging Assistant Buyer - M&S Food
Marks and Spencer
Paddington, United Kingdom
1d ago

Job Description :

M&S Food is changing, and fast! We are undergoing one of the biggest transformations in retailing today to build a bigger, better, fresher food business!

This is a unique opportunity to work in one of the 10 strategic programme’s set up to transform M&S Food Group. The Lowering Costs Programme has been tasked to reduce the cost base of the business to allow strategic investments into the future of Foods.

The role will have high levels of exposure to both internal and external stakeholders and will provide great insight into the costs and processes of Food Retailing.

As part of our expanding Lowering Costs Team, we are setting up a new Buying function for Packaging across the Food Group.

This team will own the relationship with the packaging suppliers, procuring our Food packaging directly for utilisation by our product suppliers.

We are looking for individuals to form a team of Food Packaging Buying experts to deliver sustainable, innovative packaging solutions whilst maximising value throughout the supply chain.

The successful candidate will be responsible for sourcing various packaging substrates across the M&S Food business. The role is broad, with exposure to both internal and external stakeholders.

  • Key Accountabilities;
  • Packaging Category Management

  • Deliver Lowering Costs annual target for packaging
  • Support to build and deliver a 3-year Cross Product category Sourcing Strategy
  • Support the M&S Food Group

  • Capture, understand and support overall business needs and Food category requirements
  • Identify, sell and implement strategic cost savings through packaging procurement
  • Support and lead existing and new product development projects to mitigate and eliminate potential cost increases
  • Buying & Supplier Management

  • Buying of variant substrates across the Food Group
  • Negotiate contracts and commercial agreements with packaging supplier
  • Support to build and implement packaging cost models with strategic packaging suppliers
  • Support to build and deliver a Supplier Management Plan
  • Supporting Plan A

  • Identify the right packaging suppliers to support our long-term objectives for sustainable packaging
  • Support sustainability projects negotiating the most favourable commercial propositions for the business
  • The successful candidate will work as part of a central Programme Team that is tasked with transforming the way we operate across 4 Strategic Workstreams : Manufacturing Excellence, Packaging Sourcing, Raw Material Procurement and OPEX Reduction.

    The scope of the Programme covers the whole Food Group so the successful individual will gain experience of all industries whilst building a network across the group.

  • Apply if you have;
  • Food Packaging Buying experience of variant packaging products (preferably flexibles, labels, trays, glass)
  • Factory based buying experience (local / junior buyer background)
  • Supplier management & relationships
  • Good understanding of the Food & Beverage industry
  • Food manufacturing experience (preferred)
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