Procurement Manager

JF Hillebrand Global Beverage Logistics
Essex, UK
Full Time
Job posted
February 2, 2017
Closing date
02 Mar 2017

The JF Hillebrand Group operates a global portfolio of specialist logistics companies, across a range of industry sectors. We are the world’s leading logistics provider to the wine and beverage trade and the largest flexitank operator. Born in Mainz, Germany, the JF Hillebrand Group has offices in 45 countries around the world.

JF Hillebrand Global Beverage Logistics:

Since 1844 we have been 100% dedicated to the efficient and cost-effective logistics of beverages equipping us with specialist skills and dependable processes, shaped around the unique demands of these products.

When transporting beverages, companies around the world have come to rely on the logistics services of JF Hillebrand. Combining expert staff, specialist knowledge and market-leading technologies, we offer a complete logistics management solution to a range of customers across the globe. Since inception, JF Hillebrand has been solely dedicated to the business of beverage logistics. Over 170 years of experience has equipped us with specialist skills and dependable processes – shaped around the unique demands of the products we handle.


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To manage Commercial Procurement, with responsibility for haulier performance levels, maintenance of inbound pricing database and business GM improvement.


  • Daily management of supplier performance levels and KPI reporting
  • Agree and implement service level agreements with key suppliers
  • Support General Manager in freight negotiations with supply partners
  • Spot buying from freight partners where required
  • Trade-lane supply & demand analysis and market trends understanding
  • Identifying potential new haulage partners
  • Continuous Improvement of department processes and ways of working
  • Promote efficiency and profitability by encouraging and facilitating a climate of best practice and quality throughout the department
  • Translate agreed objectives and priorities into clear plans for self and others
  • Actively promote and maintain Group culture, style and standards within the company


  • The above duties are not an exhaustive list. The job holder may be required to undertake additional duties as the needs of the business dictate, which may include other areas of the business.


  • Demonstrate and encourage the belief that learning, development and change is a personal responsibility
  • Proactively support team/departmental/Company change projects
  • Implement and support Company and Group Human Resources policies and procedures
  • Proactively manage personnel issues including absence and timekeeping
  • Proactively support the Company performance management and appraisal system and lead the process by example
  • Reinforce a learning culture by actively supporting, rewarding and providing opportunities for staff development
  • Active involvement in any relevant staff recruitment in conjunction with Senior Management and Human Resources


  • Client Development – external visits
  • Possible visits to Other JF Hillebrand Group Offices
  • Travel will be required as part of the role


  • Working knowledge of QRS
  • Working knowledge of FLOW


  • A genuine commitment to service delivery
  • Excellent arbitration and strong leadership skills
  • Ability to analyse and understand financial indicators to assist in making business decisions
  • Planning and prioritising effectively to meet agreed goals
  • Results driven
  • Willingness to face challenges and develop adaptable solutions


  • Excellent verbal & written English
  • Other European language skills (Desirable)


  • Excellent Microsoft Office Skills


  • Good standard of general education


  • Experience in pricing negotiations
  • Understanding of global freight forwarding market
  • Proven analytical and troubleshooting skills
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
  • Experience in leading teams through change
  • Experience in managing and developing people
  • Existing relationships with service providers
  • Understanding of digital and technological advancements relevant to the logistics sector
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