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Global Make or Buy Excellence Manager

  • Netherlands
  • Hoofddorp
  • Hybrid
  • Posted: 9 Jul 2024
Global Make or Buy Excellence Manager

About the job


The Global Make or Buy Excellnec Manager  is accountable for the business case validation of all strategic Make or Buy decision for Danone. She/He will develop an Excellence Toolkit providing the best practice to prepare Make or buy decision and provide direct expertise support to the business for the strategic projects. She/He will ensure prepare the validation case for the Danone CPO and COO.  The Scope covers all Danone categories and Geographical Zones.


Business Strategy /Vision

  • Drafting a best in class Make or Buy process, taking into account all relevant KPIs for Operations, Procurement, R&I and Topline.
  • The new Make or Buy Manager will play an essential role to support Innovation Delivery for the company, while protecting Danone intellectual property
  • This role is a global role impacting Danone EDP, SN, and Waters Businesses across all regions.
  • Total spend is approx. 1.2B Euro.


Impact on Business Results

  • Significant impact on Innovation Delivery, Protection Intellectual property, Balancing between internal operation optimisation and time to market.


Process & Projects

  • Develop the best in class Make or buy Process as a company standard
  • Ensure Implementation of the the Make or buy process in all Zones and Categories
  • Provide Expertise for the Business case development for the  key strategic make or buy decision for the company
  • Validate all make or buy decision and provide decision fundament to the CPO and COO of the company.
  • Work closely wit R&I to ensure intellectual property will be fully protected.



  • Excellence Toolkit for Make or buy developed and implemented.
  • Strong alignment with R&I on outsourcing rules and gates
  • Strong business partnering on the key strategic business cases
  • Innovation delivery in line with Business expectation
  • In year Productivity delivery and multi-year productivity pipeline
  • Strong and lean governance ensuring process delivery.



Understand, Train, Influence and Convince


  • Zone and global finance teams (operations, procurement and Coman)
  • Zone and global operations category teams
  • Zone and global Capex Leads
  • Zone and global R&I and Quality leads
  • Zone Coman Teams


  • Co-Manufacturer

About you


  • Education: Bachelor or Master degree in business, engeneering, finance, procurement


  • Experience: + 7 years in procurement, finance or operations with the proven track record  of  Leading cross-functional projects.


Personal Competencies:

  • Agility to operate in matrix organisation
  • Synthesis and business acumen for strategic vision and impactful communication with senior stakeholders.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Interpersonal skills, conflict management, influencing skills, and cross fucntional collaboration.
  • Business partnering skills and the ability to influence decision-makers are crutial.


Technical Competencies:

  • Strong analytical skills, deep understanding of business strategy, vision, and financial implications.
  • Deep understanding of business strategy, vision, and financial implications.
  • Familiarity with key KPIs related to Operations, Procurement, Research & Innovation (R&I), and Topline is essential.
  • Make of buy process expertise: you should be able to create a best-in-class process that considers efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and risk management.
  • Knowledge of outsourcing rules and industry best practices, strong operations understanding.
  • Be comfortable analysing business cases, assessing cost structures, and evaluating ROI.
  • Equally comfortable with strategy building and zooming into details.
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About Danone

Working at Danone is a unique experience. It’s fast-paced and complex and, at times, it can get a little challenging. But it’s packed with opportunities to learn and grow working with some of the best-known brands in the world, like Evian, AlproNutriciaActivia and Nutrilon. Bring your unique perspective, ambitions and entrepreneurial ideas to the table – the impact you could make might just surprise you. One Planet. One Health – BY YOU. 


We’re proud to be a B-Corp certified company. That means we meet the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability in everything we do.  


We’re committed to building a diverse and inclusive team. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we base our hiring decisions on merit, job requirements and business needs.  


We offer


All Danoners receive a complete package of benefits. This includes a competitive salary and yearly bonus, a premium free pension and great discounts on health insurance and Danone products. We understand the importance of flexibility and offer 30 days of annual leave (with the opportunity to purchase more) and a hybrid working environment, where you can work either from home or from one of our People Hubs in Hoofddorp, Utrecht and Zoetermeer. 


What’s next 


It’s simple – hit the “apply” button. In order to comply with GDPR we can’t process your personal data without your given consent, so please apply directly via this website. Good luck! We can’t wait to meet you. 


Need more information? Please contact Anna Anitova (anna.anitova@danone.com). 


all applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status 




Job details

Dedicated to bringing health through food to as many people as possible, we are a leading global food & beverage company built on four businesses: Essential Dairy and Plant-Based Products, Waters, Early Life Nutrition and Medical Nutrition. 

Application procedure

  • Resume and Cover letter
  • Interview #1
  • Interview #2
  • Interview #3
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