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Category Buyer - Utilities

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The Organisation
A marketing leading FMCG organisation based in West London experiencing rapid growth and transformation are seeking to recruit a talented Utilities Buyer to join the team.

The Role

- The successful candidate will be responsible for owning a spend of c £35m across the Utilities category.
- Identifying and selecting strategic supply partnerships, supplier management, commercial and contractual negotiations across a pan European estate.
- Development and implementation of new products and innovations across the Utilities category.
- Cross functional internal stakeholder management with direct budget holders for assigned categories and wider business sectors.
- Delivering cost savings against the agreed sourcing strategies and reporting both bottom line and cost avoidance savings
- Performance managing strategic suppliers by developing service level agreements and key performance indicators.
- Promoting best practice contract management
- Reporting compliance against procurement policy
- Communication to drive the procurement message home to internal customers around process and policy.

The Candidate


- Degree educated (ideally Finance, Business, Economics)
- Experience of operating in a Utilities/Energy procurement category within an FMCG Food, Drink or Consumer Goods organisation.
- Experience in Global, EMEA, APAC, AMER etc supplier engagement
- Negotiation skills, tendering and contracting.


- Either CIPS/MCIPS qualified or working towards accreditation
- Ability to plan, develop and execute successful category strategies
- Highly self-motivated with thirst for knowledge and self-development
- Proven stakeholder management skills with ability to influence senior stakeholders

Demand manager UK/IRE

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Demand Manager UK/IRE
West Sussex (Remote working with travel into an office base 1/2 days per week)
£50,000 to £55,000 per annum + benefits

The Organisation
My client is an exciting FMCG manufacturer seeking to recruit an experienced Demand Manager to drive and improve forecasting, S&OP and customer collaboration.

The Role

- Provide operational demand planning leadership for the UK & IRE region.
- Coach, mentor and develop a team 5 of within demand and inventory.
- Build strong commercial relationships with a major multiple customer base
- Prepare and run the Demand Review meetings
- Responsible for KPI management and for adherence to regional standards
- Partner with markets to drive forecast accuracy and robust 24-months horizon in Demand Planning systems.
- Ensure Demand Planning systems are correctly used through health-checks, governance, and training.
- Embed master-data housekeeping in day-to-day operations.
- Support the implementation of demand enhancing tools & best practices
- Partner with stakeholders on Product Life Cycle Management: NPD forecasting input and facilitate regular SKU rationalisation reviews.

The Candidate

- Bachelor or Master degree, preferably in Supply Chain Management/Logistics or Marketing
- Minimum 5 years Demand Planning experience gained within an FMCG/CPG environment
- Experience in coaching and leading high performing teams
- Customer facing/commercial supply chain experience
- Knowledge of principles such as forecasting, S&OP, statistics
- Knowledge of sales and marketing in an Food environment
- Knowledge of ERP-systems (preferred SAP, APO DP/SNP, BW, MicroStrategy)
- Knowledge of MS Office (advanced)
- Knowledge of operational processes/supply chain management
- Knowledge of E2E Supply Chain processes within FMCG
- Strong stakeholder management and cross-functional influencing skills

Customs Regulatory Manager

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The Organisation

A global FMCG business based in the West London region seeking to appoint a Customs Regulatory Manager. This is a newly created position to support and advise the business in matters concerned with the interpretation of EU and UK law regards to moving raw materials, finished products, co-packed and intermediate products across the hard borders between GB , Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and the rest of the EU / EEA.

The Role

- To be able to understand, interpret and implement changes to customs ways of working across the business for trade moving from GB to NI, EU or EEA territories or vice versa. The appointed person will need to able to break down such changes into easy-to-follow guidance and training for Business Partners
- To develop and direct the businesses relationships with industry trade associations in relation to customs and export activities and to be able to elucidate the businesses position to the same and to represent the business externally in trade and government organisation’s for customs and exports matters
- Develop and implement robust and strategic alliances with appropriate key UK and European businesses and influencing organisations for customs and export activities
- Drive strategic and tactical communications with agreed Stakeholders, to include Customers and opinion forming organisations, in conjunction with the External Affairs and Public relations functions for customs and exports
- Advise on emerging technical or legislative issues that might impact on customs operations and in particular may need to be addressed through public statements or comments
- Become the key trainer on customs systems such as EHC online, TSS and border requirements. Develop training methodology to train others in these systems operations
- To provide technical expertise and management systems in the development of accurate and appropriate internal and external communications regarding customs and exports and to support all parts of the Company in managing the impact of such matters
- Support and deputise for the Head of Regulatory Affairs in policy and procedure management and document creation

The Candidate

Essential criteria:

- University Degree/higher national diploma
- 2 + years’ experience in dealing with food and customs law in a food, drink, consumer or retail business
- Application of food regulation in claims and labelling
- Influencing Management on quality and food regulation matters
- Very good understanding of the EU food regulations
- Very Good understanding of the EU-UK TCA and legislation
- Good appreciation of EU food regulations implementation in the EU member states
- Fluent English language skills
- Managing product legality, quality and safety
- Microsoft Office and InterSpec
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Logical and analytical thinking
- Impact & Influence
- Bold delivery


- Product development practice
- External and corporate affairs fundamentals
- Project management
- Understanding border issues
- Working in an international environment
- Technical & Quality Systems & Processes