Graduate Programme - Procurement

At Premier Foods, we create the food the nation loves for modern life.

We’re one of Britain’s largest branded food companies, employing around 4,000 people in over 14 sites across the country, and supplying a range of retail, wholesale, foodservice and other customers with some of Britain’s best-loved brands. Those brands include Ambrosia desserts, Batchelors convenient meals, Bisto and OXO stocks and gravies, Loyd Grossman and Sharwood’s cooking sauces, and Mr. Kipling cakes.

Chances are you have one of our products in your home, as over 95% of British households bought one of our products last year.

Location Salary Function Closing date
St Albans £28,000 plus benefits Procurement 30-11-2016

Job description

Assessment centres will be held in St Albans, early 2017.  Exact dates to be confirmed.

The Procurement function is a trusted advisor to the business, delivering transformational change. Having won the 2014 CIPS award for the best cross functional teamwork, we take great pride in everything we do . Our purpose is simple. To create food the nation loves for modern family life.
You will be responsible for overseeing the procurement of specific spend categories and/or support major category spend areas, working alongside our supply partners and stakeholder teams to ensure relationships are optimised and deliver maximum value. 

Premier Foods has ambitious growth targets both in short and longer term: We have an exciting range of new products planned for this year for Ambrosia, Homepride and Mr Kipling, and will be investing more in advertising and marketing across the portfolio. We’re particularly looking forward to the launch of our new Paul Hollywood range of bread, savoury and cake mixes in February 2016, our first new brand for 20 years. To realise our vision of achieving £1bn worth of branded sales by 2020, we need to recruit outstanding graduates to join our 2 - 2.5 years development programme, with the drive and passion to make a difference to our business, and who have the potential to become our future leaders.

Following a 4 week induction programme which will include 3 weeks based in one of manufacturing sites to understand our business, you will then work closely within the specific function/business unit you have been recruited for, on a structured development programme which will include a mixture of project work and 6 monthly rotating placements across the different departments and disciplines.

Key Accountabilities
  • Develop and implement sourcing and category plans aligned to business goals and objectives which deliver: cost leadership, innovation, service excellence and process and product improvement
  • Supplier evaluation, selection and contract management
  • Implementation of process improvement initiatives through effective programme and project management
  • Provide regular market analysis, benchmark data and supplier evaluation to support category planning and risk management
  • Responsible for supplier performance management and continuous improvement to ensure contracts meet and exceed business objectives of cost, quality and service
  • Provide support and advice in sourcing of new materials/outsourcing for product development teams
  • Provide volume and price forecasts for budget and forecasting processes. Responsibility for performance reporting and compliance to procurement policies and procedures
What can you expect?
£28 k and attractive benefits package including: 25 days holiday plus statutory holidays, pension scheme, life assurance, employee discount scheme including travel, food and shopping discounts.
  • A real community of like-minded fellow graduates
  • Sponsored professional development
  • A Business Mentor
  • 11 days of learning and development workshops covering such topics as communication, negotiation, leadership and presentations skills
  • Participation in a CEO business project – putting everything you’ve learnt into use!
  • Invitations to social events and executive networking opportunities. Our graduates are social and enjoy informal dinners and drinks and have the opportunity to attend more formal events such as charity dinners or IGD/Manufacturing conferences
Minimum Entry Requirements:
  • 3 A Levels – minimum of 280 UCAS points gained
  • Degree qualified-ideally a Business related degree– 2:1 minimum achieved (or expected)
  • An understanding of the UK FMCG/Retail sectors
  • Clear career aspirations demonstrated through employment experience gained outside of studies
  • High degree of commercial awareness
  • Analytical and highly numerate
  • The right to work in the UK and English speaking
  • UK driving license  
  • Your base will be St Albans AL1 2RE and you will need to be prepared to relocate here: you may be required to spend time in other locations with overnight stays 
  • Experience of leadership roles across sports, hobbies or other interests
  • Strong Communicator both oral and written
  • Skilled in Microsoft Suite
  • Prepared to study towards CIPS accreditation
"Premier Foods is a professional, creative and exciting place to work. Everyday I increase my knowledge of how a multitude of businesses work and I am front facing with our suppliers which I am really proud to be doing. I appreciate the trust and responsibility that I am being given by my supportive team and find it exciting to come in to work and deal with new challenges every day. Premier are investing in my long term career development by sponsoring me to undertake a CIPS qualification. This shows me how much they care about me, therefore I work my hardest for them and both parties benefit which is the way that work should be"  
Emma Vanstone, Graduate Development Programme, Procurement

Please Note: We receive a large volume of applications therefore we are not able to respond to all applications individually. If you have not heard from us by end of November 2016, unfortunately, you have not been successful on this occasion, however this should not prevent you from applying for other opportunities within our business.

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