(Senior) Buyer

at 
HigherSteaks
Posted on 
19 Nov
JOB CATEGORY

Want to change how the world is fed?

Higher Steaks was founded to transform the global food system by making delicious and nutritious food – from animal cells and plants. We are pioneering the development of cultivated meat to solve some of the world’s growing challenges in health, sustainability and animal welfare.

We're a purpose, science and engineering-driven company dedicated to creating breakthrough technologies that will push the boundaries of what’s possible – delivering innovations that benefit people, the planet and animals.

Our brilliant team are experts in their respective fields, drawn from around the world. We’re passionate, curious, innovative and at the forefront of the ground-breaking work being done in this exciting and rapidly growing sector. Higher Steaks is a well-funded biotech company and we’ve more than doubled our headcount in 2022. We’ll be doubling it again in 2023, so this is a great time to join us and become part of the team solving one of the most important challenges we face today!

The role

We are looking for an experienced Senior Buyer/Buyer to be responsible for supporting various business teams in obtaining the goods and services they need to deliver against HigherSteaks’ business plan. The successful candidate will need to work at speed to find the right sources of materials and equipment aligned with scaling up and launching our first product and the relationships built at this stage will form a firm foundation for our future supply chain. To achieve this you will have a pivotal role in developing robust procurement processes, including supplier selection, negotiating terms and cost management. This is a real opportunity to start with a blank page and write the story.

What you’ll be doing:
- Building and maintaining outstanding relationships with suppliers to deliver value throughout the life of a contract
- Finding new and creative sources of goods and services
- Ensuring that the rapid progress of Higher Steaks is not compromised due to the non-availability of materials
- Carrying out NPI/RFI/RFQ, and making sourcing recommendations
- Logging and tracking supplier performance, monitoring the status of the supplier through regular reviews and identifying risk
- Looking for cost reduction and increased value opportunities through alternative sourcing
- Negotiation of supplier contracts
- Raising purchase orders and chasing overdue deliveries
- Providing regular reporting to key internal stakeholders

What we think you’ll need:
- A clear focus on generating value and delivering the expected outcome for stakeholders
- Highly developed business acumen and negotiation/influencing skills
- Procurement of goods and services from local and international sources
- Supplier management and experience in monitoring the status of suppliers
- Effective communication skills at all levels, both internally and externally
- Conversant with a range of IT systems, including online procurement platforms

We’d love it if you also have:
- Working knowledge of food industry standards (HACCP).
- Science-based education or degree
- The drive, ambition and ability to develop into a management role

Higher Steaks recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, disability, age, and other protected status as required by applicable law.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by incumbents assigned to this job. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all the functions, responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position, and HigherSteaks Limited retains the discretion to modify.

Job Description

Want to change how the world is fed?

Higher Steaks was founded to transform the global food system by making delicious and nutritious food – from animal cells and plants. We are pioneering the development of cultivated meat to solve some of the world’s growing challenges in health, sustainability and animal welfare.

We're a purpose, science and engineering-driven company dedicated to creating breakthrough technologies that will push the boundaries of what’s possible – delivering innovations that benefit people, the planet and animals.

Our brilliant team are experts in their respective fields, drawn from around the world. We’re passionate, curious, innovative and at the forefront of the ground-breaking work being done in this exciting and rapidly growing sector. Higher Steaks is a well-funded biotech company and we’ve more than doubled our headcount in 2022. We’ll be doubling it again in 2023, so this is a great time to join us and become part of the team solving one of the most important challenges we face today!

The role

We are looking for an experienced Senior Buyer/Buyer to be responsible for supporting various business teams in obtaining the goods and services they need to deliver against HigherSteaks’ business plan. The successful candidate will need to work at speed to find the right sources of materials and equipment aligned with scaling up and launching our first product and the relationships built at this stage will form a firm foundation for our future supply chain. To achieve this you will have a pivotal role in developing robust procurement processes, including supplier selection, negotiating terms and cost management. This is a real opportunity to start with a blank page and write the story.

What you’ll be doing:
- Building and maintaining outstanding relationships with suppliers to deliver value throughout the life of a contract
- Finding new and creative sources of goods and services
- Ensuring that the rapid progress of Higher Steaks is not compromised due to the non-availability of materials
- Carrying out NPI/RFI/RFQ, and making sourcing recommendations
- Logging and tracking supplier performance, monitoring the status of the supplier through regular reviews and identifying risk
- Looking for cost reduction and increased value opportunities through alternative sourcing
- Negotiation of supplier contracts
- Raising purchase orders and chasing overdue deliveries
- Providing regular reporting to key internal stakeholders

What we think you’ll need:
- A clear focus on generating value and delivering the expected outcome for stakeholders
- Highly developed business acumen and negotiation/influencing skills
- Procurement of goods and services from local and international sources
- Supplier management and experience in monitoring the status of suppliers
- Effective communication skills at all levels, both internally and externally
- Conversant with a range of IT systems, including online procurement platforms

We’d love it if you also have:
- Working knowledge of food industry standards (HACCP).
- Science-based education or degree
- The drive, ambition and ability to develop into a management role

Higher Steaks recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, disability, age, and other protected status as required by applicable law.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by incumbents assigned to this job. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all the functions, responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position, and HigherSteaks Limited retains the discretion to modify.

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