Purchasing Manager - Food Ingredients

Date: 03-Nov-2021

Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne, GB, NE12 8BU

Company: Greggs Plc

Vacancy Details

A fantastic opportunity has now arisen for a Purchasing Manager (Food Procurement) to join our Procurement Team.

Location for this role is flexible but ability to spend time at our Head Office in Newcastle upon Tyne when required.

The Food Procurement team are responsible for the sourcing of £250 million of food both as Ingredients for our Manufacturing facilities and for direct sale within our circa 2100 shops and are committed to sourcing responsibly.

This is a great opportunity for someone to develop a Purchasing career across a broad number of categories, the successful candidate will need to be a expert negotiator with strong interpersonal, communication and supplier management skills.

It is expected that the successful candidate will have food or commodity procurement experience and have worked in a fast paced, demanding environment.


£45,000 - £50,000 depending on experience

Work Pattern

This is a Full Time role (40 hours), we know that having a work-life balance is really important so we offer our colleagues as much flexibility as possible in line with the needs of their role.

What you'll do

The successful candidate will need to be able to build effective relationships with both suppliers and internal stakeholders, ensuring that the appropriate quality and quantity of raw material is available, when and where required. They will be responsible for managing a specific portfolio of Suppliers and Ingredients while being able to embrace continuous improvement. As part of the Team there will also be a requirement to manage supplier issues and work cross functionally to resolve.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Developing the strategy for the areas of responsibility to ensure certainty of supply, mitigation of risks, best quality and value.
  • Negotiating Commercial and Contractual terms for Food ingredients
  • Driving value for money ensuring that key research, monitoring and evaluation is completed to ensure value is maintained
  • Developing key relationships with suppliers to ensure Greggs receives commercially attractive terms ahead of the market average
  • Managing and resolving day to day issues with suppliers in a timely and effective manner
  • Identifying and negotiating appropriate specifications and SLAs for all food supplied
  • Support and contribute to our Responsible Sourcing processes and goals ensuring we work within the ISO20400 framework
  • Reviewing processes and standards to maintain customer focus and ensuring best practice is achieved
  • Developing and fostering good relationships with both internal and external stakeholders

About you

  • Strong negotiation experience
  • Evidence of development and execution of commodity strategies
  • Highly numerate with strong analytical skills
  • Self starter who is able to plan and organise their time effectively
  • Track record of delivering value and continuous improvement
  • Articulate with excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Assertive and tenacious with ability to manage internal and external contacts with diplomacy
  • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills
  • Ability to research key cost drivers and ensure that procurement of items are undertaken accordingly
  • Ability to understand and interpret the various economic factors that influence markets
  • Team orientated with a passion for achieving both personal and collaborative objectives
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 suite and ideally SAP
  • A can-do attitude and flexibility to working hours is required


  • Our Greggs Employee discount Scheme is very generous, offering you up to 50% off our food
  • Your holiday entitlement starts with 5 weeks, in addition to bank holidays, which increases with service up to a maximum of 6 weeks after 25 years’ service. (Pro-rata for part time)
  • After 6 months service you may be eligible  for our profit share scheme
  • You will be invited to participate in our Management Bonus Scheme which is worth up to 12.5% of your salary, subject to the Company meeting certain performance criteria.
  • You will automatically join our Greggs pension scheme which is a fantastic way to save for your retirement and allows you to benefit from employer contributions and tax advantages
  • The Management Pension Scheme is supported by a free life assurance scheme.  This is a death in service benefit which provides a lump-sum payment equal to 4 times your year’s salary

Other benefits include;

  • Private Medical Insurance which is free for you and subsidised for your dependants
  • Permanent Health Insurance which is a replacement income scheme
  • Share Save and Share Incentive Schemes
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Healthcare Plans
  • Cycle to Work Scheme

Your Application

During the application process we’ll keep in touch every step of the way, we know how big a decision it is for you to apply for a job.

Once you do we’ll work hard to keep you up to speed on how your application is progressing, with your help we can make your application as quick and as smooth as possible.

About Greggs

Here at Greggs, we love what we do and we have fun! What makes Greggs so special is our culture – the way we are, the way we behave and the way we support each other.

We're hard-working, but above all else we're family; and it doesn't matter who you are, where you're from or what your favourite bake is, we’d love you to join us!

We want everyone to feel welcome at Greggs and our colleagues to be able to be themselves at work, whatever their background, preferences, or views.

We recognise the importance of having diverse teams and the positive impact this can have and we actively encourage applications from all backgrounds.