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Senior Global Buyer

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Job Introduction

As a Senior Global Buyer at Sodexo based in a hybrid role with 1-2 days per week in our Stevenage office, you are more than just a procurement professional – you are a strategic thinker and a global connector. In this role, you will be instrumental in shaping our global buying strategies, particularly in the cleaning category, managing a significant budget and building relationships with suppliers across 51 countries. Join Sodexo and be part of something greater. You belong in a team where you can act with purpose and thrive in your own way, contributing to our commitment to a better tomorrow.

This position offers a unique opportunity to drive international strategy and efficiency for a major service line in our business. With approximately €75M in annual spend under management, your impact will be felt globally. You’ll not only manage key categories such as Cleaning Chemicals and Large Cleaning Equipment but also oversee Small Cleaning Equipment and Supplies. This role requires a leader with the gravitas to handle global supplier relationships and a vision to support Sodexo’s sustainable and innovative future.

 What you’ll do: 
  • Develop and implement global category strategies to enhance commercial performance and sustainability.
  • Engage in cross-functional sourcing teams, balancing technical, quality, and commercial aspects.
  • Lead and manage the procurement activities for Global and European categories.
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships with a global network of suppliers.
  • Drive group profitability through international agreements and revenue generation.
  • Collaborate closely with Regional Buyers, ensuring alignment and effective strategy deployment.
  • Mentor and manage the development of the Global Buyer, focusing on both financial and personal growth objectives.

What you bring:  
  • Proven expertise in managing large-scale global procurement categories.
  • Strong ability to drive significant annual savings and capture international revenues.
  • Experience in building and managing strategic global supplier relationships.
  • Excellent understanding of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) in procurement activities.
  • Capability to develop and execute strategies that align with company objectives and sustainability goals.
  • Leadership skills, including the ability to manage and develop a team.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to manage internal customer relationships and align strategies.

Why Sodexo?
Joining Sodexo means being part of a global leader in services that improves the quality of life. It’s a chance to be a key player in a company that values innovation, sustainability, and delivering exceptional services to clients worldwide. We offer an inclusive, supportive environment where you can grow professionally and personally. Be a part of our journey in making every day a better day for people and organisations around the world.
This role has arisen from an internal move, reflecting our commitment to personal development and career progression within Sodexo.

What we offer:  

This is a chance to be part of something greater. You’ll belong in a company and team that values you for you; you’ll act with purpose and have an impact through your everyday actions; and you’ll be able to thrive in your own way. In addition, we offer:
  • Performance-related bonus
  • Company car allowance
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • 25 days holiday – rising to 28 after 3 years
  • Flexible benefits fund of £1,300 to utilise across an array of benefits 
For more information on all the great benefits Sodexo offer to support you and your loved ones, check out the attached Benefits Guide at the bottom of this advert!

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