Graduate Business Improvement Specialist - Purchasing Excellence at Greencore

Where: England - South Yorkshire, East Midlands

Deadline: November 7, 2019

Type: Graduate

About the Company:

Main business: : Engineering and manufacturing

Greencore Group plc is a fast growing, international convenience food leader. Headquartered in Ireland, Greencore has operations in the UK and the US serving major retailers and brands in both markets.

It is a leading manufacturer of convenience food products to grocery retailers in the UK and a leading manufacturer of sandwiches, meals kits and salads to CPG, convenience retail and foodservice outlets in the US.

About the Role:

Are you naturally inquisitive? Driven with a desire to understand, challenge and improve? A fan of Inside the Factory?

As a leading producer of convenience foods in the UK, we're used to grocery shopping on a huge scale! Our experienced team buy everything from cheese to aubergines to lorries; but are they getting the best deals?

Were looking for bright, ambitious individuals to join our new Greencore Purchasing Excellence (GPE) team to consult, support and challenge our Buyers. In this exciting new venture you'll receive specialist training to understand the entire process, from seed to salad, and identify savings opportunities throughout. Using this insight you'll support the Buyers to make the best financial decisions in high-level negotiations.

Main Responsibilities

  • Actively contribute to Greencore Excellence community to support the delivery of specific projects
  • Provide facilitation and challenge existing norms for purchasing, to support the embedding of new ways of working
  • Take joint ownership with purchasing peers for the identification and delivery of targeted cost saving
  • Act as an advocate for GPE by coaching colleagues in the routine use of GPE tools/methods
  • Identify and coach non BI/Excellence colleagues to ensure that they build their excellence capability and where appropriate are identified as excellence talent for the future
  • Participate in the supplier negotiation activity; contribute insight, analysis and describe the logic for suggested cost savings so that the supplier is persuaded to accept the revised terms/costings
  • Through research, facilitation and general data gathering activities create cost models (cost build, could costs and should costs) which identify and direct cost saving


  • Bachelor's degree calibre preferably in Maths, Science or Business.
  • Advanced numeracy and analytical skills; ability to review finance and commercial information and draw new insights/understanding
  • Structured approach and mindset; able to see the end to end process. With experience of purchasing, improvement activity and manufacturing preferred, but not essential
  • Inquisitive and challenging; ability to investigate and challenge costs across the supplier base
  • Demonstrable ability to manage and engage people with change

How to Apply:

For more information and to apply please visit Career Connect and search Reference ID 'YGL4G'