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Third Party Manufacturing Lead

Kerry GroupNaas, KildareFull-timePermanent

About Kerry

A career with Kerry Applied Health & Nutrition (AH&N) offers you an opportunity to shape how people across the globe view food and beverage while providing you opportunities to explore and grow as your interests do. With our commitment to a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

About the role

Here at Kerry, we are currently recruiting for a full time, permanent Third Party Manufacturing Lead based in Naas, Ireland (on a hybrid working model).

As Third Party Manufacturing Lead, you’ll be responsible for contract manufacturing/third party manufacturing partners across EU & APMEA supporting the Applied Health & Nutrition business.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a candidate looking to join a Global entity offering exposure across multiple functions and countries. 

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate that they are a methodical worker, with attention to detail, diligent and organised.

This role is critical to establishing and maintaining close rapport with internal and external stakeholders. You will be working closely with our business VP's and leading contract negotiations with external parties, so you must be able to demonstrate confident and concise communication skills.

Key responsibilities

Project Management l (70% of role)

  • Act as primary entry point for AH&N Third-party manufacturing (TPM) requests from across the business
  • Review, filter & seek business approval for same per stage-gate process
  • Act as Project Manager to identify & qualify new or existing TPMs through flawless execution of qualification project plan.
  • Setting-up & leading cross-functional project teams, hosting meetings, driving actions & issue timely meeting minutes
  • Negotiate favorable supply agreements on behalf of Kerry AH&N with TPM
  • Ensure seamless handover of tactical TPM operations to Kerry controlling site on project completion

Strategic Management l (20% of role)

  • Responsible for the strategic & long-term management of TPMs
  • Responsible for the development & management of a Supply Agreement management plan in conjunction with team Supply Agreement manager
  • Responsible for the development & management of a Risk Management plan in conjunction with team Risk Management manager
  • Responsible for contributing to & maintaining key TPM team tools such as global TPM database, price benchmarking file, TPM price approval file & TPM contact & escalations file among others

Relationship Management l (10% of role)

  • Serve as the primary relationship manager between TPMs and Kerry
  • Deal with issues/escalations appropriately & as required
  • Strike & maintain close relationships with key TPM leads/account managers/MDs etc.

Qualifications and skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree is required (Supply Chain, Business, Project Management, Procurement, or related field highly desirable). Graduate degree is preferred
  • Project management experience and/or qualifications would be highly desirable
  • Experience in managing third-party partners, preferably in a food & beverage environment would be advantageous
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment, preferably in a food & beverage environment would be advantageous
  • Knowledge of food production supply chain principles as it relates to GMP, FDA, and Department of Agriculture regulations would be advantageous
  • Demonstrable evidence of skills, attributes & values as outlined within
  • Basic business financial understanding would be advantageous
  • Travel: 25% approx

What's in it for me?

Opportunity for career development, matched pension scheme to up to 10% and access to an employee assistance program and employee benefit platform. 

In Kerry we benefit from the knowledge of our colleagues who bring a diverse range of cultures, backgrounds, lifestyles and experiences.

One team fostering an inclusive culture that, above all, inspires food and nourishes life.

One culture where everyone brings their unique perspectives and experiences to help make us better, together.

We are committed to nurturing an environment of positivity and inclusiveness, where everyone can be at their best, both personally and professionally.

​Our recruitment, selection and assessment process are based on the skills and competencies of the specific roles and based entirely on merit. We are committed to and value Diversity and Inclusion in all recruitment processes within Kerry and do not discriminate based on gender, race, class, economic status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, age, political beliefs, veteran status, marital status or any other protected characteristic.

Get in touch today- we look forward to meeting you!

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