Head of Procurement AMET (Africa, Middle East and Turkey)

Head of Procurement AMET (Africa, Middle East and Turkey)

Atasehir/ Istanbul, Turkey

About us!

At Upfield our purpose is clear: we make people healthier and happier with nutritious and delicious, natural, plant-based products that are good for you, our planet; and with packaging that’s free from plastic.

We are the largest plant-based company in the world, and we believe in doing what’s right for our people, our customers and the planet. We’ve got iconic brands like Rama, Country Crock, Blue Band and Flora that people all over the world know and love. We’ve been a trusted category leader since 1871 and yet we feel like we’re only just getting started.

Performance, Passion and Care define who we are as a company, how we work every day, and the responsibility we feel toward our Associates, our consumers, our business partners and our world.

We have big ambitions to grow this business and we want to attract the right people – those that love what they do, thrive on responsibility and are looking for limitless career defining opportunities.

We are on a mission to help people eat healthy and to reduce carbon footprint through the power of plants! If you would like to join us, read on!

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Your Role

  • The Head of Procurement AMET is responsible for the regional direct and Indirect category and strategic projects within the region.
  • This role is based Turkey
  • Direct reports 8, 3 managers
  • Reporting line to CPO
  • Stakeholders: 4 different General Managers (Turkey, East Africa, West Africa, Middle East) and 1 Head of regional Operations/ Supply Chain
  • Travel 25%

Key Responsibility Areas

  • Develop and execute sourcing strategies for the Raw and Packaging materials and 3PM (Third Party Manufacturing)/ outsourcing manufacturing category
  • Support in delivering Value Improvement Programs (cash and savings) across suppliers
  • Analyze production cost and create benchmarks for make or buy decisions together with the SC and Category finance teams
  • Prepare and conduct negotiations and tenders, and manage commercial relationships with new and existing suppliers
  • Scouting for new suppliers that are fit for purpose and in line with the Supply Chain strategy
  • Build market knowledge on trends, market capabilities, strategy shifts, geo-political influences to provide market insight to internal stakeholders and support strategic decision (brining the outside in)
  • Deliver on key financial targets such as gross margin improvement through savings and cash flow improvement by applying (e.g.) smart buying tools
  • Act as first point of contact for cross functional teams as quality, R&D, legal, Finance etc. as projects require
  • Optimize the current RM. PM and 3PM network
  • Execute sustainability agenda like Palm Oil, free form plastics, etc.
  • Support the roll out of the best-in-class quality procedures for the 3PM’s
  • Support stakeholder with indirect contracts negotiations representing Procurement locally

Skills and Experience Required

  • To be successful in this role, you will have strictly minimum 15 years of procurement and strategic sourcing experience in food industry.
  • You have excellent knowledge of the Africa, Middle East and Turkey region.
  • A track record of delivering consistent year-over-year savings, ideally combined with experience in consumer food environments.
  • You have an MBA or a Master’s degree.
  • You have strong communication, influencing and interpersonal skills.
  • You are a self-starter, results oriented and able to engage with senior stakeholders.
  • Proficient in both verbal and written communication in English
  • Enjoy working in a virtual and multicultural working environment

About Upfield! 

Upfield is a global leader in plant-based nutrition with a great history and a portfolio of iconic brands that people have used and trusted for generations. This includes Sana, Rama, Becel, Blue Band, Country Crock and ProActiv.

We are a global food company with 26 business units operating in 95 markets. We have the mind-set of a start-up. This makes us fast, agile, entrepreneurial, cost conscious and accountable for our products – from seed to serving at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table.

We take quality seriously and around the world we taste products every 30 seconds. We take our consumers seriously and more than 150 people will taste test each of our new innovations before they hit the shelves.

Mission statement

At Upfield our purpose is clear: making people healthier and happier with great-tasting, healthy and natural plant-based products which are good for our planet!


We are a highly entrepreneurial fast-paced team running a multi-billion Euro business across 60+ countries with the mind-set of a start-up! We are agile, creative, fast-to-market and obsessed with customers and consumers. If you are an entrepreneur at heart and have a passion for winning, a strong understanding of the CPG business, ad would like to join us, apply and speak to one of our Talent Matchmakers!

At Upfield we want you to bring your ideas, your motivation and desire to succeed! This part of the role is up to you to complete.

Interested in this role?