At pladis, happiness is baked into everything product, from farm to bakery to market store. Worldwide, 16,000 colleagues work with pride and purpose to deliver their mission to bring people together through chocolates and cookies. The new Procurement Manager will be passionate about indirect procurement, category strategy, and of course, cookies.
Pladis is the second largest global cookie manufacturer, and home to some of the world’s best tasting and most loved snacking brands. Their wide menu of snacks is enjoyed in more than 150 countries and is a staple in billions of homes. With more than seventy-five brands under the pladis umbrella, quality ingredients are the key to every chocolate and cookie. While pladis relies on tried and tested recipes, they stay on top of trends and changing consumer tastes. They’re always ready to update their recipes to deliver even more happiness to customers.
Founded six years ago through the merger of several international snacking brands, pladis is proud of its historic 300 years of family baking and confectionery experience. Whether it is baking, HR, finance, marketing or any other area within the organization, their colleagues win as one team. This is thanks to their culture of ‘Winning Traits and Behaviors’: Purpose Led, Agile, Collaborative, Positive and Resilient.
Dutch chocolate brand Koninklijke Verkade, founded in 1886, joined Pladis in 2016. Its Dutch location is in Zaandam, which is now home to the Pladis head office. Other well-known brands in the pladis portfolio include McVities, Jaffa Cakes, and Godiva chocolates.
Job description: Procurement Manager
The Procurement Manager will be responsible for indirect procurement activities across western Europe. They will also manage the direct procurement for Sultana, the brand with the largest category spend in the region. They will be based at the pladis’ European headquarters in Zaandam and the factories for this role are located in Zaandam and Nantes, France. This role will report to the Supply Chain Director, with a functional reporting line to the Regional Head of Procurement.
The Procurement Manager will lead the development of the regional category strategy. They will drive and deliver cost-saving projects. They will also support direct procurement products for Sultana, but mainly lead indirect procurement projects and manage project pipelines. This role will engage with stakeholders and coordinate the region’s sustainability agenda. They will also own the contract management process for all categories.
“Though its brands are historical, pladis as a company is only six years old. The Supply Chain team for western Europe and emerging markets is still in the building phase. The Procurement Manager will therefore join at a very interesting moment, where they will have a voice in shaping the company’s future” – Tessa Jobben, HR Business Partner of pladis Europe
For both indirect and direct international procurement, the current global context is to create clear challenges. Inflation is high, especially as energy and grain prices are rising. The Procurement Manager is experienced in managing tender processes and negotiations and will help pladis maintain cost efficiency during this challenging time.
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