Our client is an international integrated logistics and facilities management provider who specialize in the military support services sector, post conflict and remote areas.
Our client manages the design, construction and operation of sites for clients who need to operate in some of the worlds most challenging environments. They also operate Distribution Centres.
They are currently seeking a Purchasing Manager - Food to be based in Dubai and is permanent on an open ended contract.
Reporting to the Operations Controller, the successful candidate will create, develop and implement strategies to improve sales and gross margin for assigned categories, as measured against KPI specifications.
You will ensure that SOH levels in theatre reflect sales demand as per KPI specifications. You will ensure efficiencies for the DPT are adhered to, such as lead times, stock weights per category.
You will manage and implement temporary outlets as required. You will monitor performance of Senior Buyer as per KPI’s. You will review store layouts in conjunction with Senior Buyer
You will regularly visit all outlets and distribution facilities and provide written reports.
You will ensure that company buying prices and products are market competitive and relevant.
You will prepare product range proposals for business development proposals.
You will assist the Director and the Operations Controller in preparation of bids in conjunction with the Senior Buyer.
You will prepare a detailed quarterly category plan including market analysis.
You will ensure all aspects of Company Purchasing guidelines are implemented & maintained.
You will comply with Company supply chain guidelines, as directed by the Supply Chain Manager.
You will supervise the procurement of Special Customer Request items (Such as Linen) as required for the relevant category. This will be in discussion with the Operations Controller and Senior Buyer.
You will be successful in forecasting of products with acceptable levels of out of stocks and over stocks as per KPI.
You will make improvements in gross margins as outlined in KPI Scheme.
You will successfully launch new products and categories in co-ordination with Operations Controller.
You will develop and grow the Sales of Brands of those Vendors that have granted the company official distributorship for the Military and Diplomatic Market when new products are purchased to create spec sheets, including pictures and details.
You will meet each fortnight with the Operations Controller and Senior Buyer to discuss progress of specified categories as per weekly report.
Finally, you will prepare detailed category plans to direct the purchasing effort, inclusive of action plans, strategies, vendor plans, space allocations, margins, new product launches and rationalisation of each category.
You should be an accomplished Buyer/Trading Manager ideally with experience of buying Grocery / Ambient / Frozen Foods or Meat products.
You will have experience in co-ordinating international supply chain management.
You will have the willingness to travel to remote regions.
Superb communication and negotiation skills and instant credibility are essential supported by high personal energy levels and enthusiasm.
You should possess excellent communication skills in English and ideally one other language and be able to adapt to rapid changes in a positive manner and work to tight deadlines.
Superb inter-personal skills and instant credibility are essential as you will be inter-facing with a number of people from different backgrounds, nationalities and religions.
You will be resourceful with a flexible outlook, have the ability to multi-task in order to handle competing priorities and be able to fit in to an international dynamic and multi-cultural environment.
Finally you should possess a Drivers Licence and be PC / IT literate.
The basic salary is paid in AED (Dirhams) and is tax free for an Ex-Patriate employee. In addition there is an annual profit sharing bonus earning opportunity which is also paid in AED (Dirhams) and tax free for an Ex-Patriate employee.
In addition you will receive 25 days holiday plus public holidays, health insurance and 1 paid return economy flight per year. Mobilization and De-Mobilization flights are also paid for by our client. A laptop and mobile phone are supplied.