Global Upstream Buyer

Are you a seasoned procurement professional passionate about sustainability and looking for your next big challenge? Look no further than HEINEKEN, where we seek a Global Upstream Buyer to join our dynamic team!



Direct spend, International, Product Related

Global Upstream Buyer

  • Date: 11-Apr-2023
  • Location: Amsterdam, NL
  • Company: HEINEKEN

As the Global Upstream Buyer, you will be the acknowledged global expert on upstream materials for the glass bottles, aluminum cans and/or paper categories, managing approximately EUR 650 Mio/y on glass bottles/cans upstream materials, vertical facilities requirements, and upstream paper spending with global/regional/local suppliers.

What you’ll do:

  • Develop, implement, and execute the upstream sourcing strategy for glass bottles.
  • Help define and implement upstream sourcing strategies for Paper-based materials.
  • Align and collaborate with Global and OpCo stakeholders (e.g., HGP/GSC, Regional procurement directors, OpCo: Procurement and SC Directors).
  • Support other Packaging Teams and OpCos in translating the Global strategy into local roadmaps in line with their SP plans.
  • Develop Tier-2 and Tier-3 supply visibility and control and develop a strong SRM program for key suppliers identifying HEINEKEN as the customer of choice.
  • Responsible for sourcing upstream materials for Heineken-owned packaging companies (Verticals).
  • Support sustainability priorities set by our “Brew a Better World” program (EVERGREEN Sustainability and Responsibility Pillar), focused on lowering carbon footprint and maximizing circularity.

What you’ll need:

  • University level/Master’s Degree preferred.
  • 5+ years of work experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in direct materials procurement within a large FMCG.
  • Experience in packaging procurement and/or direct materials risk management is a plus.
  • Willing/able to move fast between strategic, reporting, and operations capability-building topics.
  • Passion for sustainability!
  • Fluent in English; other languages are a plus.

How you’ll succeed:

  • Shape, connect, develop, deliver, and/or role model HEINEKEN behaviors.
  • Manages relationships with stakeholders (with conflicting interests) on a strategic and tactical level.
  • Communicates through understanding, influencing, and/or serving others and requires more than facts to win arguments and influence others.
  • Interaction with others requires social skills and understanding, and influence.
  • Stress resilience, project management, building collaborative relationships, change management, influencing skills, and managing without control.
  • Deal with uncertainty and challenges constructively.
  • Able to set priorities.

Join HEINEKEN and help us continue to brew a better world. Apply now to become our new Global Upstream Buyer!