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Benelux Lead Buyer Marketing Services


Date: Aug 14, 2019

Location: Ghent, BE

Company: DANONE



As a Lead Cluster Buyer Marketing (Benelux) you will drive and implement this mission for marketing Category together with the overall Benelux Cycles & Procurement organization, the C&P Topline Director and the C&P ToplIne category functions at global level.


The Lead Cluster Buyer Marketing will bring their sourcing expertise, market and best practice knowledge to generate savings and efficiencies across marketing categories, across the cluster, and across all active CBUs. You will play a key role in the business priority program Protein, implementing and adapting the global program plan to generate savings. You will also identify and take advantage of additional local opportunities. In addition, you will  ensure activity is measured via appropriate KPIs, you will co-manage local suppliers, and help Danone benefit from technological advances and changes in supplier ecosystems.



Your Main Responsibilities


This is a local purchasing role that will work across all the marketing categories for all Benelux CBUs. The key categories are: Advertising, Shopper (incl. POS, Design and Graphic Chain), Strategy & Insights.


Protein CPL (Category Procurement Leader) for local Protein project team:

  • Bring sourcing expertise and best practice to generate and execute ideas to create savings
  • Lead Local Topline Procurement
  • Maintain ongoing connection with global Topline Protein Teams and support top programs’ delivery within the BNL cluster




  • Drive purchase of innovative and high quality solutions
  • Contribution to the development of local sourcing strategies
  • Activate, customize and project manage efficiency levers aligned locally, regional and global where relevant
  • Lead local tender processes and fee negotiations
  • Build and share market analysis at local / regional level taking into account global / regional category guidance and business context
  • Continuously review marketing spend to identify future sourcing opportunities in close collaboration with the regional C&P TopLine Director



Supplier Relationship Management:

  • Build effective relationships with key local suppliers: leading negotiations and ensuring the fundamentals (e.g. legal, quality, compliance) are in place to drive growth and generate innovation
  • Monitor quality service and performance of suppliers, including management of service evaluations, and serve as a resource to resolve issues
  • Maintain active knowledge of best-in-class agencies, market rates, and spend profile for the marketing categories and benchmark with other organizations



Relationships and Influence:

  • Build and ensure strong working relationships with local, regional and global stakeholders
  • Influence cross-functional teams (including marketing, finance and legal from multiple business units) to consolidate business requirements, provide updates, project manage, and be the central point of contact
  • Represent Danone sourcing outside the company to build effective relationships and actively participate in industry forums



About You


This role requires advanced skills in sourcing, supplier relationship management and compliance, market understanding and influencing combined with good stakeholder management and influencing capabilities.


  • Experience/ background: 8+ years, including professional sourcing expertise within marketing
  • In-depth knowledge of marketing strategy and business principles and the agency, supplier market
  • A high degree of commercial experience to identify and take advantage of opportunities
  • Experienced in forging strategic alliances to support business growth
  • Ideally, an understanding of FMCG brand marketing
  • Collaborative to the core
  • Excellent project management, know-how, communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent negotiation skills with high emotional intelligence
  • Strongly analytical, including high levels of financial acumen
  • Able to manage complexity and agility to adapt to changes
  • Maintain structured way of working within a changing business environment
  • Results driven and action orientated


About Us


Danone is a company committed to an inspiring mission: "Bring health by alimentation to the greatest number". This ambition is deployed through daily concrete commitments around social and environmental issues, with local communities, farmers, partners. Danone is a world leader in 4 areas: Dairy and plant based products, Early life nutrition, Water and Medical nutrition.


Cycles & Procurement is right at the heart of making the Danone vision One Planet. One Health a reality. Through what & how we source, we shape the world in which we operate & we build the future for Danone.  We are one team of procurement professionals worldwide working closely together with our colleagues across the Company. We secure competitive, sustainable resources, seek innovative solutions and partner up with suppliers aligned to our vision.



We Offer


At Danone, we offer a complete package of benefits, with a competitive primary 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.



What’s next?


We invite you to apply online via our website until the closing date. To comply with GDPR regulations, we cannot process your personal data without given consent. Therefore, we strongly recommend applying directly via our careers website. Applications received via e-mail cannot be taken into consideration.


Need more information?

Please contact me Marina Dubceac, Talent Manager Benelux,



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