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Date: 16-May-2019

Location: Sycamore, IL, US

Company: Tate & Lyle



Buyer / Expeditor

Business Unit/Function

Global Operations, Procurement


April, 2019


Sycamore, Illinois   




Reports to (Title)

Operational Procurement Manager

Manager One Removed (Title)

Global Category Manager

Direct Reports


Key Relationships




The local buyer is responsible for the execution of Procurement activities related to day to day supplier management relative to quality and service to Sycamore and 3rd party tolling facilities.



  • Analyze, coordinate, and record data to ensure the timely arrival of materials needed to support production and initiatives at the Sycamore location.  This includes but is not limited to helping develop and use systems, entering data, maintaining communications with internal and external resources and customers
  • Ensure timely receipts of materials needed for production and provide visibility in SAP
  • Maintain contact with suppliers to enable release, tracking, and documentation of materials purchased
  • Track contracts and supply agreements
  • Support other initiatives as assigned (samples, pre-ships, working capital, cost savings, etc.)
  • Use SAP MRP system and other information provided to plan requirements and communicate status to all relevant areas
  • Input orders, coordinate with suppliers, maintain MRP system and supplier databases
  • Maintain files as necessary, evaluate forecast vs. orders, and inform on status to ensure materials are contracted within lead-time requirements
  • coordinate, develop spreadsheets, follow up with other departments and suppliers, etc.



  • Inventory management and optimization of working capital
  • Timeliness and accuracy of POs to ensure on time and in full delivery.
  • Stakeholder satisfaction data and/or survey results.
  • Category specific performance.
  • Supplier Performance.
  • Support the PLM Supplier Qualification Process
  • Support of the annual planning process for Sycamore






  • Business Acumen
  • Problem Solving
  • Dealing with Ambiguity
  • Time Management
  • Action Oriented
  • Drives for Results


The person is a self-starter with a proven track record in Strategic Procurement and Category management in blue chip companies.   With experience in building mutual relationships with key suppliers, this person will effectively establish business needs, matching innovative solutions to meet those needs.  Their experience will have been gained ideally in a fast paced, dynamic industry where the emphasis is on relationships, solution benefit, meeting challenging targets and delivering business needs.



  • Proven expertise in sourcing food ingredients as a buyer in an MRP driven environment is essential to this role.
  • Understanding and ability to successfully develop and manage stakeholder relationships.
  • Track record of working successful in cross functional teams to serve business needs, develop a compelling selling proposition, and negotiate to win-win contract closure.
  • Strong analytical and mathematical skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skill.
  • A professional procurement qualification through a recognised professional body preferred.
  • A degree in a Business or Technical discipline.


  • Systems experience within an SAP environment would be advantageous.
  • PC literate including MS office suite of standard programs.
  • Supplier management
  • Knowledge of purchase order process
  • Positive outlook.


  • Comply with all environmental standards, procedures and work instructions at all times
  • Report any environmental violations or near misses in order to prevent any impact upon the local environment, its inhabitants and Tate & Lyle
  • Adhere to the safety policies, procedures and site rules
  • Fully participate in the safety programme, including reporting any incidents (or near misses) and participating in audits
  • Demonstrate understanding of the STOP Work Authority and be able to apply in any unsafe situation
  • Working knowledge and application of Tate and Lyle Life Saving Principles in day to day job
  • Participate in at least one emergency drill
  • Complete all required EHS facility trainings



Nearest Major Market: Chicago