Mar 27, 2020

Buyer, Ingredients

  • Barry Callebaut
  • Chicago, IL, US, 60654

Job Description

POSITION TITLE: Buyer / Senior Buyer – Ingredients - North America


REPORTING TO: Senior Procurement Manager- Specialty Ingredients






Job Summary:

The Ingredient Buyer is responsible for the strategic sourcing of assigned specialty ingredients as well as market risk position and physical commodities in the Americas. The Buyer has full EBIT responsibility for the assigned category in all plants within the Americas region. Ingredient Buyer participates, contributes and executes Sourcing activities in order to meet functional as well as organizational objectives, along with executing the leadership of the specialty ingredient categories to ensure smooth coordination and internal communication with other Barry Callebaut departments.


Essential Functions:

  • Develop global sourcing strategies for multiple site production facilities throughout the Americas 

  • Identify, develop and nurture value add relationships with key vendors for all Specialty Ingredient  components

  • Negotiate and purchase Specialty ingredients cost effectively for assigned product groups

  • Identify and capitalize on global procurement synergies with European and Asian buying groups

  • Perform highly specialized functional analysis to support the business and provide interpretations of results back to management, customers or relevant stakeholders within the organization

  • Make recommendations to VP relating to creative value add sourcing strategies that can impact price terms and conditions of agreements

  • Prepare weekly update reports for upper management as needed

  • Prepare as needed Excel reports, presentations and financial report formatting to support departmental reporting requirements or as may be required for analysis by management

  • Process new and existing suppliers through QA onboarding/re-approval processes

  • Provide professional guidance and support to internal  and external customers, including active participation in relevant projects

  • Initiate, build and maintain relations with a variety of institutions in order to obtain the best and most up-to-date statistical information in the area of expertise

  • Endeavor to become Subject Matter Expert in assigned categories

  • Represent BC in specialty ingredients external committees and actively network within the industry

  • Perform other duties as required





  • Bachelor’s degree required in Business, Supply Chain or Food Science

  • MBA or CPSM Procurement Certification preferred


Work Experience:

  • Professional with a minimum of 5 years of experience in Food Ingredients Industry 

  • Seasoned negotiator with established network of contacts in the industry

  • Excellent strategic thinking and negotiating skills

  • Strong ability to interact with multidisciplinary team

  • Strong Project Management Skills

  • Strong analytical and organizational skills

  • Ability to work in a fast paced, ever changing business

  • Strong work ethic and integrity


Additional Requirements:

  • Excellent verbal and written skills

  • Organizational Agility – Internal Negotiation/Influencing Skills

  • Experience with SAP MRP systems, Inventory Management Systems, QA documentation systems

  • Strong working knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint and financial reporting formats

  • Available for travel up to 20%


What you can expect from Barry Callebaut:

  • Competitive compensation package including salary, benefits, and vacation time

  • Collaborative atmosphere with like-minded individuals who are passionate about chocolate

  • The ability to grow your career within an organization that values development and internal career growth


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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