Strategic Buyer (f/m/d)

Planet A Foods

Planet A Foods

Accounting & Finance
Munich, Germany
Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2024
Your mission
At Planet A Foods, we are revolutionizing the food industry to protect the planet we love. by perfecting centuries-old fermentation technology, we offer healthier alternatives and can save up to 500 Mt of CO2 per year!
We created the world’s first 100% cocoa-free chocolate called ChoViva. Our ChoViva tastes amazing with a solid snap and smooth melt as well as roasty notes and a subtle sweetness. It is completely natural, gluten-free, vegan and made with only seven ingredients! Choviva allows for a breathtakingly low carbon & water footprint. This contributes towards the mitigation of both deforestation & exploitation of child labour.

Your Tasks:
  • Ingredient Sourcing Strategy: Develop and execute a comprehensive plan to source ingredients for cocoa-free chocolate, ensuring alignment with company goals by identifying ingredients, assessing their availability, quality, and cost, and establishing supplier relationships.
  • Strategic Procurement and Risk Management: Develop and implement long-term procurement strategies, including negotiating multi-year contracts, utilizing futures contracts, and securing favorable pricing to mitigate supply chain risks. Analyze market trends, supply-demand dynamics, and commodity price forecasts to inform purchasing decisions. Collaborate with finance to assess hedging opportunities, manage price volatility, and align with business objectives.
  • Supplier Management: Manage supplier relationships, negotiate contracts, and ensure compliance with quality standards and delivery schedules. Evaluate supplier performance, conduct regular reviews, and address any issues that arise.
  • Supply Chain Optimization: Optimize the supply chain to minimize costs, reduce lead times, and improve efficiency by identifying consolidation opportunities, streamlining processes, and implementing best practices in inventory management.
  • Quality Assurance: Collaborate with the quality assurance team to ensure all ingredients meet standards for food safety, taste, texture, and nutritional content.
  • Market Research and Trend Analysis: Stay informed about market trends, emerging ingredients, and chocolate industry innovations. Conduct market research to identify potential suppliers, assess competitor strategies, and anticipate changes in demand or pricing.
  • Cost Analysis and Budgeting: Analyze the cost structure of ingredient procurement, identify cost-saving opportunities, develop budgets for sourcing activities, and monitor expenses to meet financial objectives.
  • Cross-functional Collaboration: Work with product development, marketing, and operations to align ingredient sourcing with business objectives. Provide input on product formulations, support new product launches, and address supply chain challenges.

Your profile
  • You have a Bachelor's degree in business, supply chain management, or a related field. An advanced degree or professional certifications (e.g., CSCP, CPSM) may be preferred
  • You have several years of experience in procurement, supply chain management, or purchasing roles, preferably in the food or beverage industry. Experience with ingredient sourcing and supplier relationship management is highly desirable
  • You have strong negotiation skills, analytical ability, and attention to detail, with proficiency in financial analysis, contract negotiation, and risk management. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills for building relationships with suppliers and internal stakeholders
  • You have in-depth knowledge of supply chain principles, procurement best practices, and quality assurance standards, with familiarity in food safety regulations, industry trends, and sustainability practices
  • You are a strategic thinker who anticipates market trends and identifies innovation opportunities. You are results-oriented, focused on cost savings and efficiency, and adaptable and resilient in managing supply chain disruptions
How we hire at Planet A Foods
Joining the Planet A Foods team is more than just a job – it's a commitment to our core values that permeate every aspect of our business. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we go above and beyond to embed fairness and equity in our inclusive recruitment and hiring process. We are not only an Equal Opportunity Employer, but also proactive in embedding fairness and equity into an inclusive recruitment and hiring process.

Our Values:

Fellowship: We share a great vision that can only be achieved as a team. We prefer enabling others to succeed instead of petting our egos.
On Discovery: We keep our eyes, hearts, and minds open, curious to explore, improve and create new realities beyond the ordinary.
Creating impact: We aim at building a better world. Science is at our hearts, and full of passion we progress on our journey.
Just do it: We rather take a lousy first step than standing still or losing ourselves in discussions. Smart words are worth nothing if they are not accompanied by smart actions.
Why us?
Our hierarchy is flat and communication direct, which means that we operate and learn fast as a team. You can expect the following:
  • Competitive Salary
  • Flexible Working Hours
  • Regular Team Events
  • Daily Free Lunch + Free Drinks
  • Daily Free Snacks (Of course with our delicious Choviva!)
  • Fresh Fruit + Vegetables
  • A Personalized Macbook Pro
  • Entitled to 30 Days Holiday
  • Your “normal” workplace is our office/lab (to build a strong culture we believe in physically meeting and interacting)
We are an equal-opportunity employer and value diversity. We consider all applications equally. We strongly encourage individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups in tech to apply.
About us
It’s an audacious, incredibly rewarding mission that we are dedicated to achieving. Planet A Foods is built around the idea that everyone should be able to enjoy just, circular and waste-free food. To that end, we create a family of foods by upcycling clean (local/cruelty-free) ingredients with state-of-the-art biotechnology and flavor science.

Exciting challenges lie ahead — Join us on our mission!