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Global Senior Buyer for Dairy Ingredients – Lactose & GOS

  • Posted: 4 Apr 2024
  • Cycles & Procurement
  • Hoofddorp
  • Netherlands
  • Hybrid

About the job




As the Global Senior Buyer – Dairy Ingredients your mission is to define and execute the global sourcing strategy for the Lactose & GOS categories

You are fully accountable for defining the strategic direction for the categories being managed, understand the markets and cost structures in depth, lead the sourcing and tendering process, drive SRM, manage all aspects of risks, lead and support project ideation supporting savings targets, contribute to the implementation of the Danone Impact Journey and be accountable for delivering the objectives across Danone.

Spend: Total 200mEUR Lactose & GOS categories

Complexity: Fast paced consumer goods environment and specialized category within an external challenging context on business disruption and high inflation.


Main Responsibilities:

Defining Strategic Direction

  • Develop holistic category strategies, aligned with key stakeholders.
  • Analyse in depth all aspects of categories under responsibility, including end use, specifications, supplier processes, operational factors, end products, customer and consumer requirements and differences with competitors.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of all cost and market drivers in own categories.
  • Understand cost structures and should costs.
  • Develop a project ideation pipeline to generate productivity and value-added ideas and ensure their delivery. 

Leading the Sourcing Process

  • Define and implement Go-To-Market strategy and tactics.
  • Define and recommend optimal award outcome.
  • Lead post-tender engagement with suppliers to deliver strategy and objectives.
  • Ensure legal agreements are executed as required.


  • Contribute to the development of Danone’s ESG strategy.
  • Contribute to the implementation of ESG metrics with suppliers.


  • Accountable for preparation, consolidation, and communication of annual operating plans and rolling forecasts to Global/Regional stakeholders.
  • Track and monitor material variance and market change, cost savings, and any other price variance elements and compare with budget forecast or last estimate.

Risk Management

  • Analyse market dynamics and trends in own categories as well as on a macro level
  • Map potential risks and resulting impact.


About you


Bachelor’s Degree in related field (procurement, business, food science)



  • 7+ years  of  In-depth experience in strategic sourcing of relevant categories (dairy, ingredients)
  • Experienced in managing sourcing categories across multiple geographies.
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment and has creativity to solve problems and oriented for value creation.
  • Pragmatism, “hands on” mentality, with strategic business approach.
  • Ability to navigate in ambiguous environment, tenacity with strong adaptation and relationship capabilities, to gain credibility and create an efficient network within regions and suppliers.
  • Fluent in English



  • Knowledge and experience of world-class category management and sourcing practices from one or several world-class companies.
  • Strong commercial and business acumen and negotiation skills.
  • Strong results-orientation and proven track record of consistent outstanding performance and results delivery
  • Strong ability to lead, influence, collaborate, and effectively engage multiple stakeholders.
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills.
  • Proactive and action orientated. Can make things happen regardless of obstacles.
  • Presence to engage effectively with senior supplier stakeholders.
  • Structured yet flexible.

About us

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.*


It’s an exciting time to join Danone! You’ll be joining at a momentum in cycles & procurement journey where you can make a huge impact on our business. And the best part? You’ll be supported to grow an impactful career that you can be proud of. Together, we’ll build a healthier world.

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.


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, Talent Acquisition Manager C&P via 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.



Application procedure

  • Resume and Cover letter

  • Interview #1

  • Interview #2

  • Interview #3

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