Direct Material Procurement Specialist

San Jose, Costa Rica Plant
The Kraft Heinz Company
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Job Description

Function : Responsibilities and main actvities

As Procurement Specialist Costa Rica, you will lead the Direct category for Costa Rica, you will be responsible for the development and implementation of market oriented category sourcing and supplier management strategies to achieve competitive advantage through lowest purchase cost and value improvements consistent with the direction set by the business.

You make sure suppliers are aware and comply to Kraft Heinz policies, procedures and quality criteria.

You will support the Procurement Manager Costa Rica in the day to day activities and ensuring continuity of supply for all operating sites, at the specified quality, within agreed lead-times, to optimize operating performance.

You manage quality crisis, claims and incidents.

In additional you are responsible for managing the Direct portfolio in alignment with the LATAM Category Managers & Specialist.

Reports to : Procurement Manager Costa Rica

  • Deliver results in key performance areas including Purchase Price Variance (PPV), Value Engineering (VE), Price Initiative (PI) and Innovation support.
  • Align and implement Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) projects together with key stakeholders.
  • Guarantee Supplier service level, performance KPI and commercial terms agreed in contracts.
  • Understand local stakeholder requirements and define, develop and implement the optimal strategy for Kraft Heinz that delivers cost savings.
  • Manage and develop strategic supplier relationships, acting as the primary interface on behalf of Kraft Heinz to key Ingredients category suppliers.
  • Continuously review industry and peer best practices, educate our organization about them, and develop plans to implement those that provide a competitive advantage to Kraft Heinz.
  • Actively participate in the Budget construction managing the Direct portfolio in Costa Rica.

job requirements

To qualify for the position of Procurement Specialist within Kraft Heinz, you need to bring :

  • Educated to minimum Bachelor degree level in International trade, Administration, Purchasing, Supply Chain, Food Engineering, Business, Economics, Food Technology, Chemistry or other relevant subjects
  • Proven Purchasing experience in an FMCG.
  • Knowledge in Strategic Sourcing.
  • Strong influencing and negotiating skills.
  • Motivated, self-directed, and detail oriented.
  • Able to solve problems efficiently.
  • Interact and have good communication with stakeholders.
  • Able to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience in related commodities.
  • English language is essential, Portuguese is beneficial but not required.
  • Microsoft Packages (Excel, Word & Power Point).
  • Experience working across international timelines and communities.
  • Good project management and financial skills (data and specifications analysis).


San Jose, Costa Rica Plant

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