Fruit Procurement Manager

About the vacancy

As Driscoll’s new Fruit Procurement Manager, you will lead tactical and execution processes to make sure our procurement plan is successful. In your role, you are responsible for carrying out the procurement plan for DEMEA with a focus on mid-to-long term sourcing while reacting to unforeseen short-term needs. Towards our internal stakeholders you make sure procurement targets are met based on compliance and quality standards. Besides that, you will work with external suppliers who require to be sourced, developed and maintained to sustain stable and long-term relationships. Not only is it your goal to improve the service levels to customers you monitor proper supply chain execution and secure a fair business opportunity for supplies. Additionally, you look for opportunities of cost reductions and efficiencies within your scope. 

In this position you will report to the Operations Director and conclusively work with/report to the Commercial Program and Procurement Manager on the procurement of the fruit supply for our EMEA business unit.

Responsibilities

  • Execution of the mid/long-term top-level procurement strategy for DEMEA in cooperation with the Commercial Program and Procurement Manager to fill the gaps within DEMEA total fruit supply in all 4 berries. 
  • Managing the execution of the procurement seasons. By understanding basic production processes and essential characteristics of the production regions, you lead the establishment of long-term relationships with growers and suppliers. In this you help to develop and maintain long-term relationships with other Driscoll’s business units and production regions as well, particularly with DOTA (North and South America), and in South Africa. Besides, you organize pre-season preparations in line with the procurement plan within the IBP process.
  • Manage the short-term fruit procurement execution with Driscoll’s team by participating in the short-term IBP process, and in close interaction with the Operations group, proactively detect supply challenges. Within this role you:

– Set prices, achieve targeted margin and negotiate deals.
– Give oversight of physical flow; quality on time in full; administrative back up.
– Identify, solve to, and escalate challenges within the execution of procurement.
– Collaborate cross functionally to successfully execute procurement, with particular focus on Quality and Supply Chain.

– Make sure invoices are booked and invoiced correctly, and that payments can be prepared in time.

  • Provide back-up plans for shortfall on own production (Driscoll’s production within EMEA). 
  • Ensure compliance of the suppliers according to Driscoll’s specifications (quality, worker welfare, administration).
  • Monitor all administrative, accounting and commercial related processes and deliverables to all procured fruit.

Candidate profile

Education

  • Completed HBO (bachelor’s degree) or University level of education on agriculture, food science and technology, food marketing or programs with agricultural sales and marketing orientation. 

Work experience

  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant working experience within production, sourcing/procurement and/or sales of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Experience working in an international dynamic environment 

Skills 

  • Ability to build long-term winning relations with growers/suppliers.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and in a cross-functional team.
  • Solutions driven and action oriented.
  • Strong negotiating skills.
  • Planning and organizing are key capabilities.
  • Excellent communication skills, self-supportive and service oriented.
  • Thrives in a high-pressure environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including diplomacy and collaboration, and the ability to maintain strong working relationships as both an individual contributor and team member.

Other

  • Excellent English language skills in both verbal and writing.
  • Another European language is a plus.
  • Travel expectations (~20% of time).

We offer

Alongside a competitive wage, we offer you the opportunity to contribute to the growth of our experienced and ambitious organisation. Our success as a company depends on a creating an enabling environment where our people are energized, motivated, and empowered to perform at their highest level.

About Driscoll’s

Driscoll’s is developing a strong position in the European berry market led by our EMEA headquarters in The Netherlands. We are a family owned company, established in California, with a true love for berries. Over the years, Driscoll’s has grown to be represented on each continent. We truly believe that our delicious fruits can make any ordinary moment in life more special. Help us to spread the berry joy and become our new team member!

Find out more about our organisation at: www.driscolls.eu

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