About the company: Lakeland Dairies based in Co Cavan is a major dairy processing co-operative and operates within a nineteen-county catchment area acrossIreland. Lakeland Dairies was established in 1990 and now processes about 1.8bn litres of quality milk annually.

Lakeland Dairies is an equal opportunities employer and is now looking to establish a centralised group procurement strategy and also to extend best practice procurement processes to all its operating business units and central purchases in the near future.

Dairy operations includes three operating dairy business units with manufacturing operations across eight sites, each with its own manufacturing technology, product portfolio and supply chain challenges.

The opportunity has arisen following a retirement in the company.

The successful candidate, along with the current procurement team, will be an important contributor to this strategy.

What is procurement?

Procurement is the process of purchasing goods or services and is usually in reference to business spending. The purchasing is often done through a tendering or competitive bidding process. A procurement manager is responsible for ensuring that a company has a very clear and long-term strategy when purchasing goods and services.

About the role:

The procurement manager of dairy operations will be responsible for developing and leading a strategic approach to the procurement and material supply management processes; for the purchase of goods and services.

In this key role, the candidate will direct the procurement of goods and services for the dairy business units – and across the business as may be required. This will be done by leading and supporting the purchasing team members and colleagues with procurement processes, changes and updates of other procurement-related activities.

About you:

You are encouraged to apply for this role if:

  • You are an experienced leader with a proven ability to build and guide teams to deliver success.
  • As an accomplished negotiator, you consistently deliver value and excellent communication, both verbally and written.
  • You have a comprehensive understanding of supply chains for key raw materials, ingredients and packaging materials.
  • Your mindset is strategic and tactical, whilst also being strong on detail and data analytics.
  • You have strong commercial awareness, an appreciation of the customer, their needs and how to meet them.
  • You are qualified at degree level in one of the following areas: business, procurement, supply chain management, material and logistics management or a related field. You are also Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) qualified.
  • You have a track record of high performance and results at a senior procurement management level, preferably in a related industry.
  • Naturally, you are a results-oriented, metrics-driven leader with expertise in purchasing, internal and external supplier collaboration, development and compliance.
  • You have exceptional numeracy and computer skills.
  • Application:

    The co-op headquarters are based in Co Cavan, but much of the chosen candidate’s work will be dealing externally with suppliers, clients and relevant groups.

    Applications for the role of procurement manager at Lakeland Dairies are welcome up until 5pm on Monday 5 April 2021.

    To apply, please -mail your CV and cover letter (detailing your suitability for the role) to Lakeland’s head of human resources at ohallorant@lakeland.ie

    Find out more about the co-op here

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