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Dale Farm is a leading dairy company, selling into UK, Irish, and International markets. As a cooperative owned by over 1300 farmers across the UK, it is our mission to ensure we exude high standards throughout our processes, products, and people.

At Dale Farm, we believe our success is built on our people and we are now looking to recruit the following position based in our Head Office on Dargan Road, Belfast;

The role

A graduate placement in Dale Farm Group Procurement Function is an excellent opportunity to experience working across a broad range of procurement skills in one of Northern Ireland’s leading dairy manufacturing companies. Our procurement function looks after the key categories of packaging, ingredients and services.

Job purpose

The procurement graduate will manage a category segment within procurement.Under the guidance of a Category Manager the graduate role is responsible for the development and execution of strategic sourcing initiatives, supplier relationships and contract management.

The procurement graduate will also work with the Group Packaging Technologist to support development of Dale Farm packaging requirements with a focus upon delivery of sustainability targets. To support development the procurement graduated will be sponsored to achieve a Diploma in Packaging Technology.

Key responsibilities

You will be tasked to be involved in the following activities:

  • Manage sourcing initiatives to maximise value whilst effectively manage risk for the category.
  • Develop category cost reduction initiatives while maintaining quality and performance standards.
  • Negotiate contracts, KPIs inclusive of sustainability targets and other terms with Suppliers.
  • Work with internal stakeholders to develop and implement procurement strategies that meet business needs.
  • Understand market trends to drive category strategy and inform the business.
  • Communicate monthly update on category performance to established KPIs.
  • Work with Group Packaging Technologist to ensure packaging specification templates are updated in accordance with legislation requirement to support Dale Farm compliance obligations.
  • Support the Group Packaging Technologist to ensure Dale Farm is compliant with legal requirements such as EPR.
  • Support the Group Packaging Technologist to understand latest technologies/materials and build a pipeline of cost optimisation and sustainability projects that meet of needs of Dale Farm and our customers.
  • Support the Group Packaging Technologist run packaging trials.

About you

This is a challenging role, and we are looking for energetic and enthusiastic applicants who are able to work reliably on their own initiative and educated to Degree level.

Applicants must have excellent administration and interpersonal communication skills, with the ability to plan and work with flexibility to meet deadlines. Applicants must have strong IT skills. You should hold a clean current driving licence and have access to your own transport.

This is an excellent opportunity to be part of the Dale Farm Graduate Development Programme and gain experience in a well-established, growing and progressive Company. To apply for the position, please visit the Dale Farm Careers page at dalefarm.co.uk/careers.

Completed applications must be received before 5.00pm on Wednesday the 22nd of May 2024.