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Senior Indirect Buyer

EmployerThe Body Shop
Industry SectorManufacturing, Other, Retail
Town/CityWest Sussex
LocationsLondon, South East (Excl London)
Contract TypePermanent
Job CategoriesPurchasing / Procurement Jobs, Supply Chain Jobs
Date Posted05 April 2018

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Job Description:


Are you a Senior Sourcing Professional looking to make a difference in a global business with experience in Freight and/or Operations?  Then we’d love to hear from you.

We’re looking for someone who revels in implementing strategy, driving innovation and creating ethical sourcing solutions.  If you enjoy adding value, developing relationships and developing frameworks for supplier management then this role is for you.


When Anita Roddick founded The Body Shop in 1976, she had a vision. Business as a force for good – that’s us. Over 40 years later, we’re proud to be pioneering cruelty-free beauty every step of the way. We’re the original ethical beauty brand. We’ve got a thing for empowering people and enriching our planet. We’re all about keeping it real, in every way possible. 

Our activist roots remain a huge part of everything we do, from our iconic window posters to our vegetarian products to our infamous campaigns. We’re never afraid to stand up and speak the truth. We like to do things a little differently around here.

In fact, this is an incredibly exciting time for The Body Shop. We’re fighting for what we believe in now more than ever. No holding back. Breaking the mould has always come naturally to us, and we need someone who’s not afraid to mix things up.


The Body Shop, along with Aesop and Natura, is part of Natura &Co, a global, multi-channel and multi-brand cosmetics group that is committed to generating positive economic, social and environmental impact. Group owner Natura is Brazil's number one cosmetics manufacturer. Sustainable development has been the company's guiding principle since it was founded in 1969.


You will be part of an International Indirect Sourcing team, working with our global supply chain, sourcing teams and our colleagues in the Natura & Co brands, tasked with driving strategy, innovation and value add within our freight and operational areas of spend.


You’ll be responsible for defining individual country or category strategies. Activities include:

o   Spend Analysis

o   Cost Negotiations

o   Stakeholder mapping and engagement

o   Supplier Mapping and Review

o   Project identification, management and deployment with Stakeholders

o   Contract development and negotiation to conclusion

o   Supplier relationship management

You’ll be working cross functionally across all areas of the business for timely delivery of identified cost saving and process improvement projects, either as projects lead or part of a business project team.

You’ll be delivering cost savings, innovation and efficiency in operations

You’ll manage spend ensuring all procurement and ethical protocols are documented and followed within TBS brand, values and internal controls.

You’ll be ensuring full commercial awareness of Freight and Operations and monitoring key trends and movements that affect the category

You’ll be driving supplier management & development – to include:

o   Supplier Reviews and Supplier Scorecard for designated suppliers

o   New Vendor approval process

o   Internal Audit controls satisfied

o   Supplier Dashboard development by Category/ Zone

o   Supplier Selection and Approval Process.



All Departments                                                        1st Tier suppliers

Natura & Co                                                              2nd Tier suppliers

International / zone / market employees and managers                                                                   


·         Extensive experience in a blue chip purchasing/FMCG/ indirect buying environment. Demonstrates dynamic track record within their current organisation.

·         Experience of Indirect sourcing processes, data management and contract management

·         Experience of Supplier Management and Innovative business solutions desirable

·         Knowledge of the Health and Beauty industry desirable

·         Knowledge of Retail

·         Budgetary development and control

·         Category management and strategy building experience essential

·         Supplier performance evaluation and supplier selection

·         Excellent interpersonal skills to include

o   Strong cultural awareness with the ability to develop and maintain strong effective relationships

o   Stakeholder Management

o   Experience of dealing with Senior Level Management

·         Demonstrably high level of personal integrity and performance ethic.

·         Ability to travel between TBS head office sites in UK.


·         A minimum of a 2.1 degree in a relevant discipline.

CIPS membership desirable

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