Supply Chain Specialist - FMCG / Food - Hybrid

Job Description

Fantastic opportunity for a Direct Sourcing Manager to join a thriving Food Retail Services / FMCG company (Fantastic company, with multi billion turnover).

This company places immense value on their staff, and is one of the best places for an individual to work in..

This role is based in Belfast (Dargan Crescent) - and will also incorporate Home working - The role will involve travel from time to time to Dublin or Cork.. but mass majority of work will be done in Belfast and from home.

This role will involve travel across NI & ROI (from time to time).


Fully Negotiable + Bonus + Additional Fantastic Benefits and Perks & Progression Opportunities


We have an opportunity for a 'Direct Sourcing Manager' to join our established team to develop and implement IOI lowest cost direct sourcing of agreed brands or product categories. This role will work with the Programme team, Category Managers, Trading Managers and Supply Chain teams across IOI.

  • Execute Direct Sourcing strategy:
  • Prioritise and sequence brands and categories to pursue direct sourcing.
  • Establish engagement plan with brands, distributors and supply chain.
  • Engage and collaborate with Brand Owners.
  • Assess shift and optimisation of activity to shape commercial requirements.
  • Optimize sourcing procedures to maximise efficiency and profit.
  • Assess risk and implement risk mitigation strategy.
  • Range and volume strategy
  • Assess commercial range performance and opportunities across all IOI businesses.
  • Determine opportunities optimise SKUs and consolidate scale.
  • Ensure that we are leveraging Musgrave IOI buying power effectively.
  • Supply chain and Supplier
  • Engage Supply Chain and agree range, volume and lead-times.
  • Engage brand owner as a compelling proposition and route to market
  • Negotiate optimal discount with brand owner that delivers margin and business case.
  • Implementation - with cross functional team and supplier
  • Develop robust implementation plan with clear roles, responsibilities, and timelines.
  • Deliver against this plan with clear communication and stakeholder management plan.

The Ideal Person:

  • Proven sourcing experience in the EU and Global Markets and track record of delivering exceptional results - strong commercial acumen.
  • Understanding of inbound supply chain opportunities and barriers
  • Understanding of Duty requirements for importing into Ireland
  • Understanding of market trends and sound business judgement

For further information on this opportunity, or any other position, please apply via the link below or contact Jack Groves via Vanrath in the strictest confidence.

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