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Job Title

Procurement Manager, Group Lead

Industry SectorManufacturing, Other, Retail
LocationsLondon, South East (Excl London)
Contract TypePermanent
Job CategoriesPurchasing / Procurement Jobs, Supply Chain Jobs
Date Posted04 August 2017

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You will report in to the Global Procurement Director for Raw Materials and Logistics. This role has 5 Direct Reports who are based across multiple geographies – currently located in Chicago / Plainfield (3), Dublin (1) & Accra
You will oversees the procurement of raw materials, globally traded commodities including:

Wheat/Barley/Malt for the ISC and Africa
Hops & Enzymes globally
Sorghum in Africa
Agave in Mexico
Sugar & sweeteners globally
Neutral Spirit globally
Rum globally
Molasses in USA and LA&C
Flavours globally

You will have global responsibility with various legislation, tax, duty and logistics requirements. Which in turn, requires an in-depth working knowledge of multiple commodity markets using a multitude of suppliers. A knowledge of the increasingly important and complex environmental issues affecting Diageo & our supply base is also a necessity. Finally, the complexity of the role is made greater by the fact that we use a wide variety of base materials that are all heavily influenced by the volatility of the global financial and commodity markets.

Key Accountabilities:


  • Ensure that the global procurement team establishes great ways of working with their in-market procurement counterparts
  • Ensure that the team follows Diageo’s global purchasing standard
  • Ensure that the team create, own, lead and gain approval for their category strategies


  • Assess the financial health of our suppliers
  • Assure that category strategies are being executed by the in-market teams
  • Ensure that Diageo achieves supply security with all its raw material and energy purchases on a global basis.


  • Ensure that the category team adheres to the statement of authorities
  • Ensure that the category team adheres to the purchasing standard
  • Ensure that the category team adheres to the CPRM operating mandate


  • Maintain appropriate evidence of all contracts and expenses
  • Track audit action steps and ensure that findings are remediated appropriately and in a timely manner

People Management

  • Team oversight and performance management
  • Employee selection and career development
  • Manage and oversee direct reports throughout the department, manage compensation decisions for staff members within the organization

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Purchasing qualification desirable (CIPS/MBA)
  • Degree educated
  • Significant procurement responsibilities in a leading company
  • Experience with agricultural products, traded commodities and of developing and operating Price Risk management policies
  • Experience in working with other key stakeholder functions e.g. logistics, finance, new product development etc.
  • Experience in managing people remotely
  • International experience would be desirable

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