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Job Ref:  589060724
Employer:  The Body Shop.
Country:  United Kingdom
Type of Employment:  Full Time
Job Description: 
Within Operations, based in Littlehampton, we have an excellent opportunity for a Packaging Senior Buyer to join the team.

About Us:

As part of the L'Oreal Group, The Body Shop is a major international beauty retail business. To bring our stores to life we have a team of exceptional individuals working tirelessly behind the scenes. When you join us, you're joining an exciting, dynamic commercially driven company with a unique legacy.

Purpose of role:
To support The Body Shop Sourcing Strategy and delivery of the business objectives through effective management of supplier relationships driving improving supplier performance, commercial negotiations to ensure The Body Shop has the optimal cost base and support of Brand / Commercial teams in the development and delivery of New Product Development (NPD).

Key Job Accountabilities:


• To develop and implement the Global Purchasing/Sourcing Strategy for Packaging.

Supplier relationships

• Identify and evaluate packaging suppliers; select, approve and review suppliers performance; lead supplier development efforts

• Manage sourcing negotiations and contracting

• Manage suppliers in order to deliver innovation, best costs, performance and speed to market

• Manage supplier base from across the world, integrating them to work effectively with the Body Shop Regions

• Managing the relationship with a number of designated suppliers. This will include managing contracts, capacity management, cost negotiations and the ethical framework for supplier management.

• Manage BSI product cost file for the defined category

• Corporate BSI representative for a given number of suppliers.

NPD and innovation

• Provide supplier/sourcing-related support to the NPD process as required by Brand / Commercial teams

• Work with the Sustainable Sourcing team to deliver an effective business driving innovation pipeline


• Identifying and delivering cost saving opportunities through negotiations, resourcing, benchmarking and VRE activity

• Ensure security of supply for packaging elements

• Work with the Sustainable sourcing function to support delivery of Enrich not Exploit objectives


• Work with Operations functions to drive Operations Department and BSI objectives


• Commercially control spend within your specific remit, working creatively and in a SMART way to reduce both overall costs whilst increasing efficiency

• To perform other related duties as assigned or requested

• Responsible for maintaining the ethical standards of The Body Shop including minimising the environmental, health and safety risks in the workplace and responsible for reporting potential risks, real accidents and near misses to relevant managers

• Champions, supports and participates in The Body Shop's Values and Campaigns


• Significant experience in a blue chip purchasing/FMCG/Retail buying environment. Demonstrates dynamic track record within their current organization.

• Experience of managing packaging internationally within the C&T Industry.

• Experience of sourcing processes, data management and contract management

• Proven strategic development and implementation skills.

• Proven budgetary control experience.

• Supplier performance evaluation and supplier selection

• Understanding and application of currency fluctuations and their impact

• Management of global commodity strategies

What we can offer:

• A passion-driven environment where you will share challenges, achievements and innovations with your peers and manager

• A tailor-made integration plan to set you for success and an on-going focus on your performance and development

• Competitive salary and benefits package


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