Global Category Director – Commodity Ingredients

As Global Category Director Commodity Ingredients your mission will be to lead a multi-cultural team, based in different regions and leading sugar, sweeteners, maltodextrin, glucose, cocoa, chocolate, oils and fats.



Direct spend, International, Product Related

  • Posted: 14 Nov 2022
  • Cycles & Procurement
  • Hoofddorp, Netherlands


Commodities is a key category within Raw Materials, which strategy is based on sustainable sourcing and drive consumers to healthier choices. In this category knowledge of commodity indexes and market risk management (MRM) are necessary as is the ability to drive innovation and sustainable transformation. This role buys a number of core products for Danone whose price cannot be negotiated (commodity index linked) so the focus is on supply optimisation, substitution, hedging or understanding the forward pricing and innovation projects. In a highly volatile context, your key business priorities will be to make coverage recommendations at the right moment, reducing market exposure and allocating / re-balancing our secured volume mix.

Moreover, the focus will be on the 3 Main pillars:

  1. Efficiency (through strong productivity and transformational projects);
  2. Growth (innovations pipeline with our suppliers);
  3. One Planet/One Health (delivering the strong category sustainability agenda).

This role is based in The Netherlands, in our central office in Amsterdam (Hoofddorp), and will be reporting to the Global Procurement VP Ingredients. You will lead a team of 10 people, based in the 3 countries: Thailand, US and The Netherlands. The Global Procurement Director Commodity Ingredients is part of the Global Central Team of Cycles and Procurement (C&P) Organization, located in The Netherlands.

  • The output for the role is to increase efficiency, though achieving lowest cost and savings versus inflation, drive innovation in the commodity mix, secure supply always to meet business demand and develop longer term strategies in line with the Danone sustainability agenda.
  • Total Spend over €850 Million.
  • Three direct reporting lines: one global manager based in Thailand and two global managers located in The Netherlands
  • Daily activities are closely connected to Finance, Operations, Research & Innovation and Quality Teams, across all regions and divisions.
  • Strong connection with the Global MRM Team, responsible for commodity risk management and market updates.
  • The Global Procurement Director has frequent connections and exposures to the most senior positions within the organization, like Global VPs, CPO, CSO, and so forth.
  • As a senior leader within Global C&P the expectation is to lead beyond the role and drive cross functional projects, culture change or similar procurement improvements as they arise.

Targeted profile

  • Strong Analytical skills, business knowledge and commercial awareness
  • Good financial and business knowledge, including Category Strategies
  • Food / Agricultural and commodity ingredients knowledge are considered as a plus
  • Previous experience in procurement role, within ingredients space, being able to build, align and implement complex Category Strategies.
  • Ability to challenge, engage and drive internal and external stakeholders, cross-functional network
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and attitude to transform.
  • Able to bring a practical view to solve the most complex problems.
  • Autonomous, results driven, and action orientated.


Working here you’ll need to enjoy a fast-pace, complexity and it can get a little challenging. But it’s packed with opportunities. You’ll work with some of the best-known brands in the world, such as Alpro, Evian, Nutricia, Activia and Nutrilon and we absolutely guarantee that you can just be yourself. Be innovative and entrepreneurial and the impact you could make might just amaze you. Join our movement for a healthier world. One Planet One Health BY YOU.

We are proud to be an equal employer. We are convinced our differences make the difference and that an inclusive working environment will drive our growth as a business, as teams and as individuals. We will therefore consider all applicants for employment* fostering an inclusive working culture that is accessible for all.

Did you know that as a B-Corp certified company, Danone Benelux meets the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability?

We Offer

At Danone, we offer a complete package of benefits, with a competitive primary salary (gross yearly base incl. 12 months + 8% holiday allowance) and yearly bonus, but also benefits like a premium free pension, 30 days annual leave and several discounts on a collective health insurance and even on some of our products. Non factory role based in the Netherlands we also offer a hybrid working environment which enables each team to meet our people’s desire for flexibility. Across our 3 office hubs in Hoofddorp, Zoetermeer and Utrecht this helps us create better opportunities for connection & synergies across our entities, teams, functions and categories.

* all applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status

If you, as a direct applicant, have any questions feel welcome to contact Chris Taylor Talent Manager C&P via As Danone highly values GDPR, please kindly apply via the job link.

Additionally: this vacancy is not open for interim solutions nor external agency recruitment. Any request from any kind of external agency is not appreciated as Danone only works with contracted suppliers. We highly value DGPR therefore any kind of cv push is NOT appreciated and is considered not received. Thank you for respecting our Danone Talent Management process.