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Senior Buyer - IP & Licensing

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

The role has responsibility for the global commercial lead and activities of strategic new projects involving Licensing, Technologies, and know-how, for all Reckitt Power brands. A crucial responsibility is to manage relationship with internal and external stakeholder at mid to senior level. The role has significant impact on the company’s revenues and profits as most projects have the potential to become global blockbusters. Emphasis must be placed on reaching optimal results in a difficult and often restricted environment where relationship and stakeholder management is core for achieving the Reckitt targets for launch of new products. Within this restrictive environment, it is expected that the candidate will be able to negotiate terms that are according to Reckitt requirements and operating model, and secure new projects are brought in on time and on budget, while ensuring Procurement compliance to internal and legislative procedures. This role can be based in the UK or Amsterdam.

Your responsibilities

•    Early participation in new projects to determine commercial suitability.

•    Accountable for securing optimal new supplier performance including service and quality.

•    Secure procurement involvement from early stage of projects with deliverable commercials and timelines

•    Secure cradle to grave solutions with in-house opportunities or other suitable supply chain

•    Keep a sound relationship with suppliers at management levels. Motivate suppliers to treat the company as preferred customer in presenting innovation and/or cost/efficiency projects.

•    Support teams to secure proper procedures according to operating model is observed.

•    Design and negotiate contracts of an often very complex and individual nature in conjunction with Legal Dept. 

•    Commercial and financial due diligence on new suppliers.

•    Acts as the major/primary RB commercial contact for the supplier.

•    Build and maintain close relationship with key internal stakeholders and external decision makers.  

•    Understanding various aspects of negotiation and how to reach optimal results even with limited or no alternative options available.

•    Protect RB business interests and early highlighting and resolution of potential risks.  

•    Deliver COGS and other business terms to meet GM and project requirement. 

The experience we're looking for

•    In-depth experience of Procurement, in a multi-cultural/multi-geography environment. Commodity (External Manufacturing, Raw & Pack material etc) experience desirable.

•    Experience in working independently in complex project teams.

•    Degree qualified preferably in Engineering, Manufacturing, Finance, Business, or other relevant discipline.

•    Ability to work in a truly global organisation. Proven experience of working in a fast moving and result driven environment which demands to work under pressure most of the time.

•    High degree of fluency of English is required for negotiations and internal communications. Knowledge of other languages is an advantage.

•    High level negotiation, influencing and communication skills.

•    Ability to navigate in complex cross functional global teams and to stand your ground under pressure.

•    Flexible to travel, when required.
•    In line with Reckitt core values, 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. 

•    Able to hit the ground running with accountability for own projects from the onset.

The skills for success

Supply Chain Management, Relationship Management, Business Accumen, Productivity management, Improve business processes, Distribution Logistics, Logistics Management, Management Third-party Logistics Providers, Supply Chain Planning, Vendor Negotiation, Contract Negotiation, 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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