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Sr. Buyer, Capex - Europe

Location: 

London, LND, GB

Req ID:  27541
Date:  Nov 12, 2021

ASR Group is the world’s largest refiner and marketer of cane sugar, with an annual production capacity of more than 6 million tons of sugar. The company produces a full line of grocery, industrial, food service and specialty sweetener products. Across North America, ASR Group owns and operates six sugar refineries, located in Louisiana, New York, California, Maryland, Canada and Mexico. In the European Union, the company owns and operates sugar refineries in England, Portugal.  ASR Group also owns and operates mills in Mexico and Belize.  The company’s brand portfolio includes the leading brands Domino®, C&H®, Redpath®, Tate & Lyle®, Lyle’s® and Sidul®.

POSITION SCOPE

To manage UK capital projects for the procurement team. Responsible for developing and implementing ASR’s purchasing strategy through effective vendor relationship management, contract and project management, and management of suppliers and their capabilities.  The Sr. CapEx Buyer will be required to work well in a team environment, have the ability to handle a large order volume while following specific process requirements, and maintain positive business relationships with both internal and external customers. The incumbent must be able to travel up to 25% of the time; travel will be assigned based on the current needs of the business but the intent is to leverage technology (teleconference, videoconference, etc.) to minimize the travel requirements.

 

ESSENTIAL CAPABILITIES (KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES)

  • Experience with purchasing on an ERP system
  • Ability to successfully negotiate price, terms, delivery, and volume levels with suppliers
  • Research and evaluate global suppliers based on price, quality, service, support, availability, reliability, production and distribution capabilities, reputation, financial status, and history
  • Develop and actively manage project procurement plans
  • Collaborate on specification and scope documents, review requisitions for goods and services, solicit proposals, and perform commercial evaluations
  • Ability to anticipate issues, perform independent/critical needs analysis, and take corrective actions resulting in thorough and effective solutions
  • Intermediate to advanced skills with Microsoft Office Suite (specifically Excel, Project, and Word)
  • Ability to work in a transactional, large volume, deadline driven purchasing environment
  • Ability to work with changing market conditions, incomplete information, and make decisions in the best interests of the business
  • Must have a solid understanding of TCO (total cost of ownership)
  • Ability to provide a superior level of customer service and follow up on a variety of issues
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with internal and external members of the Supply Chain
  • Ability to present information in a clear and concise manner to all audience levels up to C-suite
  • Ability to work in an industrial/plant setting including functioning in factory operating areas
  • Any other reasonable duties which may be required from time to time

WORK EXPERIENCES

  • Strong background in capital equipment, industrial services, and/or project purchasing, preferably in a manufacturing environment
  • Operations, project, and/or maintenance experience in the category
  • Strong understanding of project management
  • Background in a manufacturing environment, preferably with food and/or beverage blending and packaging
  • Contract negotiations and contract management experience
  • Ability to read and work with (but not generate) CAD drawings and technical specifications

 

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution in Engineering, Supply Chain, Business or other related field is required with experience applicable CapEx and/or Services experience.

At Tate & Lyle Sugars, the group's values are the cornerstone of our success.

Leadership - our goal is to be the leader in every arena in which we compete. Teamwork - our strength is magnified when we work together. Integrity - honesty and trust are the foundation of our success.Service - we know that the people and communities in which we operate are crucial partners to our success. Sustainability - the member companies of ASR Group are committed to sustainable agricultural and business practices.