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Senior Buyer External Manufacturing

City:  Slough

We are Reckitt

Home to the world's best loved and trusted hygiene, health, and nutrition brands. Our purpose defines why we exist: to protect, heal and nurture in the relentless pursuit of a cleaner, healthier world. We are a global team united by this purpose.

Join us in our fight to make access to the highest quality hygiene, wellness, and nourishment a right and not a privilege.


Our supply chain is the backbone of our business. It's how we get our trusted products to people all over the world, safely and efficiently. And it's our talented and passionate teams that make this happen.

If you're looking for a career in supply chain, there's no better place to be than Reckitt. We offer a variety of exciting opportunities in all areas of the supply chain, from planning and procurement to manufacturing and logistics. You could join our Global Supply Planning team to develop and implement our global supply strategy, or work with our Procurement Centre of Excellence team to negotiate and manage our supplier relationships.

Our Manufacturing Excellence team help us improve the efficiency, quality and safety of our manufacturing operations, and our Logistics Excellence team develop new and innovative ways to distribute our products to customers.

About the role

As part of the Health Procurement Team for External Manufacturing, the Senior Buyer will be responsible for a portfolio of External Manufacturing Suppliers in EU. The role is to develop and implement sourcing strategies as well as create strong relationship with the different internal stakeholders in Marketing and R&D to efficiently support and drive the innovation pipeline. The position will also be responsible for managing high profile projects to support business continuity strategies and cost reduction programs as well as the management of COGS and payment terms in support of net revenue, gross margin and NWC improvement. This role can be based in the UK or Amsterdam.

Your responsibilities

In summary, you'll:

  • Directly responsible for a group of External Manufacturers in EU, involving following activities:
    • Supplier relationship management
    • Responsible for negotiating contractual agreements with support from Legal department
    • On-going price negotiations, working closely with Global Procurement to understand feedstock trends and risks (RM, PM, Energy, Freight etc.)
  • Creation and implementation of sourcing strategies. Develop in-depth knowledge of the commodity, market, and supply base. Define a strategy to meet Reckitt’s business needs, gain stakeholder support and management approval for these strategies and then lead the implementation.
  • Ownership and accountability for financial performance of portfolio. Price change management, monthly Purchase Price Variance (PPV) reporting and financial / budget cycles.
  • Strong stakeholder management, both with local and regional teams across functions such as Supply, Finance, R&D, Quality and Marketing.
  • Procurement lead for all Health EU Innovation pipeline projects with external suppliers. Launches on time and at competitive prices whilst ensuring compliance to Global Procurement SOPs and processes.
  • Supports Productivity and Transformation initiatives to deliver GM improvement through strategic projects and COGs optimisation. Conduct benchmark studies with Reckitt factories and support with “make or buy” analysis.
  • Management of small portfolio of NPS spend for local activities, including embellishment.


The experience we're looking for

  • Relevant Procurement experience in a fast-paced environment – previous experience with External Manufacturing is a plus
  • Ability to work in a truly global organization.  Proven experience in working in a fast moving and results driven environment which demands to work under continuous pressure
  • Strong negotiating, influencing and effective communication skills
  • Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships
  • Must have the ability to lead cross functionally with Marketing, Supply, R&D and Finance to promote change, drive efficiencies and make cost savings impact on the business
  • Demonstrated success in completing business improvement projects such as cost reductions and business simplification processes
  • In line with RB core values, the candidate will be achievement focussed and able to work in a direct and often pressurised environment.
  • Entrepreneurial skills in terms of innovation and problem solving are key along with tenacity, tough-mindedness, and ability to influence and demonstrate strong team working abilities and commitment
  • Autonomous and self-starter
  • Structured, analytical, and results-oriented
  • Willing to travel frequently

The skills for success

Supply Chain Management, Business Partnership, Collaboration and partnership building, Relationship Management, Business Accumen, Productivity management, Distribution Logistics, Management Third-party Logistics Providers, Supply Chain Planning, Vendor Negotiation, Contract Negotiation, Category Management Expertise, Supply Management, Procurement.

What we offer

With inclusion at the heart of everything we do, working alongside our four global Employee Resource Groups, we support our people at every step of their career journey, helping them to succeed in their own individual way.

We invest in the wellbeing of our people through parental benefits, an Employee Assistance Program to promote mental health, and life insurance for all employees globally. We have a range of other benefits in line with the local market. Through our global share plans we offer the opportunity to save and share in Reckitt's potential future successes. For eligible roles, we also offer short-term incentives to recognise, appreciate and reward your work for delivering outstanding results. You will be rewarded in line with Reckitt's pay for performance philosophy.


We recognise that in real life, great people don't always 'tick all the boxes'. That's why we hire for potential as well as experience. Even if you don't meet every point on the job description, if this role and our company feels like a good fit for you, we still want to hear from you.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, disability or medical condition; colour, ethnicity, race, citizenship, and national origin; religion, faith; pregnancy, family status and caring responsibilities; sexual orientation; sex, gender identity, gender expression, and transgender identity; protected veteran status; size or any other basis protected by appropriate law.

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