Senior Buyer, Procurement, Corporate Materials and Services

Date: May 28, 2024

Location: Asturias, ES, 33001

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Job Description


In this role, you will be responsible of sourcing of the Corporate Materials & Services category in the EMEA region in accordance with Global Procurement policies, systems, and procedures, while contributing to the execution of the Global Procurement strategies through active participation on assigned Category Excellence Teams.


Category includes a regional portfolio of materials & services related to:


  • Finance.
  • HR.
  • Fleet.
  • Marketing & Communications.
  • Professional Services (Consulting, Legal).
  • Travel & Entertainment.

In addition, it requires extensive internal interaction with the regional Procurement organizations, and the key stakeholders (HR, Finance, Corporate…) in the different countries within the EMEA region, to ensure they are supported for spend management from supplier discovery Request For Information (RFI), vendor selection and award and sourcing execution with proper agreements in place. It requires close monitoring of KPI's on service delivery against standards, resolve/reconcile price discrepancy and disputes with vendor to support sites and meet customer request in most efficient and effective manner and at the lowest cost and administrative effort.


You will manage relationships with key suppliers, ensure alignment with IFF business objectives. align sourcing strategies with regional and local business needs. Regional external interactions with suppliers and extensive market/network knowledge will be required.

The role will include responsibility for year over year savings in the cost of corporate material & services, continuous improvements in working capital, supplier development and collaborating with suppliers to drive IFF's digital strategy and innovation programs.


You will be a valued business partner across the organization and support initiatives to achieve the company's strategic objectives. The scope of this position includes effective products/services and competitive market intelligence to dynamically evaluate IFF competitive advantage.



  • Develop strong sourcing capabilities within IFF in EMEA, that support the organization in delivering successful corporate materials and services regionally.
  • Maintain connections with the main internal stakeholders to understand demand and future trends in their needs.
  • Support the development of regional category strategies for your categories, to ensure objectives are met, with lowest life cycle costs.
  • Implement strategies within the portfolio, driving results and achieving strategic objectives. 
  • Execute a disciplined application of IFF’s strategic sourcing methodology: Perform continually spend analysis on assigned categories and sub-categories, assess market intelligence, and develop full market analysis, Identify and approve new vendors to diversify supply portfolio.
  • Understand and apply the principals of SRM within the category and region: Develop new and existing supplier partnerships and collaboration to support growth strategy with innovation and technology, support technology buying by accessing supplier capabilities and reduce non-value-added suppliers.
  • Provide continuous impactful communication to stakeholders. Be the advocate of the regional spend.
  • Negotiate master agreements with vendors.
  • Negotiate and resolve vendor performance issues and negotiate claims, when necessary.
  • Ensure coordination both within the EMEA region and with also other regions within IFF.
  • Optimization and continuous improvement in service quality through collaboration with the stakeholders.
  • Reduction of working capital through payment term negotiation and collaboration with the stakeholders on long terms plans & initiatives.

Job Requirements


  • Your Bachelor, or master’s degree, preferably in Business, Engineering, Economics or Supply Chain. Chemical background a plus.
  • Good verbal, interpersonal, and written communications.
  • Negotiation skills and experience (> 3 years).
  • You must be able to prioritize tasks and function effectively under pressure.
  • We will rely on your minimum 3 - 5 years in procurement of Corporate Materials and Services.
  • ERP (SAP / Oracle) knowledge.
  • Experience in the F&F industry including an understanding of religious certifications, regulations, and REACH.
  • Experience with Office 365, procurement tools, and sourcing tools.
  • CPSM (Certified Professionals in Supply Management) / ISM or equivalent.
  • The preferred candidate will be fluent in English (written and spoken).


IFF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


At IFF, we believe that your uniqueness unleashes our potential. We value the diverse mosaic of the ethnicity, national origin, race, age, sex or veteran status. We strive for inclusive workplace that allows each of our colleagues to bring their authentic self to work regardless of their religion, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, or disability.


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