UK Directs Buyer

West Midlands


Clayton Hill
Head of Commercial & Marketing
T: 07393 766220

As a pivotal member within the procurement function, the role of the UK Directs Buyer will be to ensure raw materials and ingredients are procured at most cost effective method for business to align business profits, improve and deliver positive PPV performance for the UK. 

This role will manage the category development for Raw Materials and devise and implement cost mitigation strategies across EU plants. Prepare reports regarding market conditions and trends and present with recommendations for category sourcing.

This role will be required to take ownership and lead specific and cross-functional cost mitigation projects. Liaising with appropriate colleagues within NPD / Technical / Production / Commercial to ensure successful launch of new products.

Support Head of Procurement to implement procurement strategy and assist function development.

Manage supplier relationships effectively in order to optimise opportunity for development.

Annual budget preparation and on-going stewardship of variation of adherence.


  • Negotiation of commercials (price, lead-time, MOQ, etc.) raw materials and key specific ingredients (seasoning, sauces), which can impact business profit/margins and purchasing performance indicators.
  • Category strategy development and recommendations as to when the business shall cover key materials
  • Project scoping and coordination in line with budget requirements
  • Responsible for Coventry, Seaham raw materials and specific ingredient commercials and NL commercials on ingredients.  
  • Raw material management for key items across EU.
  • Support Head of Procurement to implement and procurement strategy to aid function development.
  • Support function in absence of Head of Procurement and represent function where required at key internal meetings.

Qualifications and Experience:

Significant experience required within similar environment/sector in a purchasing/buying role within raw material commodity management.

Experience within bakery would be preferable, managing key commodities such as Oils / Flour is desirable.

CIPS or equivalent purchasing/procurement/logistics certification.

Must be educated to A Level or above

Please contact me for further information.