Purchasing Manager at Beyond Meat

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February 23, 2023

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At Beyond Meat, we started with simple questions. Why do you need an animal to create meat? Why can’t you build meat directly from plants? Thus, we make plant-based meats that allow families to eat more, not less, of the traditional dishes they love while feeling great about the health, sustainability, and animal welfare benefits of plant protein. Our goal is to bring exciting change to the plate—and Beyond.

As Purchasing Manager within Beyond Meat EU you are responsible for the tactical and strategic procurement of raw materials, goods and services. In a market- and result-oriented way, you know how to convert this need into a concrete purchasing plan. To achieve these objectives, you will work closely with the Supply Chain Team, the EU R&D Team and the Procurement Beyond Meat USA. In addition, you are actively involved in estimating market situations and sharing this information with various departments. The focus is on driving cost efficiency. Key to this will be in region purchasing of raw materials and the search for local (EU) suppliers. In addition, there is an important task in further professionalizing purchasing for Beyond in Europe (developing purchasing processes, supplier contracts to European, SOX and IFS standards and developing and periodically delivering reports and KPIs). You will also work closely with external manufacturing partners regarding their raw materials responsibilities to ensure best value for Beyond Meat.  A specific part of the role of Purchasing Manager will be assisting the Operations Director and Sr. Engineering Project Manager in CAPEX processes. You will work with a variety of stakeholders to help multiple locations in the region, with medium-sized complex projects. You will be responsible for implementing sourcing strategies in line with business goals across multiple locations. You cover the expenses for the location and MM€ capital projects and you are responsible for realizing annual cost savings and for the development of strategic purchasing plans. Ideally, you'll have a strong technical understanding of CAPEX and MRO procurement methods, including the ability to collaborate with engineering teams, such as Operations and Engineering. You have previously concluded negotiations and drawn up supplier frameworks on a European or multi-site basis.ResponsibilitiesBuilding and maintaining relationships with existing and potential suppliers, as well as conducting supplier audits and supplier assessments.Managing purchasing contracts and negotiating with suppliers on price, quality and delivery terms for ingredients, packaging materials and indirect goods or services. Set up contract management system in collaboration with Beyond Meat’s Legal team and VP Procurement.Analyzing and advising on purchasing optimization in order to initiate process or product improvements and realize purchasing advantage. Collaboration with R&D, Supply Chain, Engineering and Production.Identifying changing purchasing needs and market situations.Managing procurement for turn-key projects for investments in existing and new production locations. This in close cooperation with the engineering manager.Management of all aspects of the relationship with suppliers to deliver a reliable delivery of products and services.Back-up of the (operational) buyer.Reporting and analysis; create transparency based on system information.QualificationsYou have an HBO or university working and thinking level.At least 5 years of experience with tactical/strategic purchasing in an international environment, preferably within the food sector (raw materials, indirects) and CAPEX projects.Excellent command of the Dutch and English language. German is a plus.You are a team player who can identify opportunities for collaboration, however you can also be independent and proactive in his/her approach.Strong analytical skills to identify savings opportunitiesComprehensive understanding of procurement processes and knowledge of sourcing, supplier management and procure-to-pay best practices.You have a proactive attitude, are convinced and have perseverance.Proven ability to communicate and present at all levels of the organization.Can cope well with pressure and setbacks and feels at home in a dynamic environment.Sense of humor and guts.Beyond Meat is an equal employment opportunity employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, gender identify, sexual orientation, national origin, liability for military service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. If you are interested in learning the status of your application, please note you will be contacted directly by the appropriate human resources contact person if you are selected for further consideration. Beyond Meat reserves the right to defer or close a vacancy at any time.

Please note that Beyond Meat has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination policy to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees. All U.S. employees who (a) physically enter a Beyond Meat facility in the United States, (b) represent Beyond Meat at work-related events, including but not limited to trade shows and product demonstrations, or (c) physically enter customer or potential customer sites in connection with their work for Beyond Meat must take all necessary steps to be Fully Vaccinated as a condition of employment, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved.Apply for this job

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