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Strategic Sourcing Manager-International Commodities & Packaging

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Our Client, Africa Improved Foods Rwanda Ltd (AIF) is a manufacturer of highly nutritious quality fortified foods, intended to address malnutrition among vulnerable population segments such as pregnant and breast-feeding mothers, older infants, and young children especially in the first 1,000 days of their life. To this end, they plan to avail on a commercial scale nutritional product for lifestyle consumer groups in Rwanda, East African Region, and the whole of Africa.

In as much as they are a commercial, for-profit organization, they also strive to have maximum social, economic, and environmental impact possible on the communities in which they operate. The model is to source raw materials from local small-holder farmers, employee, develop and deploy local talent in the creation and growth of our fortified foods business.

Our client is looking for self-motivated, qualified individuals with the right attitude and a passion for innovation to join their team on the position of Strategic Sourcing Manager-International Commodities & Packaging.

General Job information

Job title: Strategic Sourcing Manager-International Commodities & Packaging

Business Group/Unit: Africa Improved Foods Rwanda Ltd

Department: Supply Chain

Reports to: Head of Purchasing

Direct reports: S/he might have functional or direct responsibilities for regional and local buyers

Purpose of the job

  • Accountable for the development and implementation of purchasing strategies for international commodities including Sugar, Skimmed Milk Powder (SMP), Vegetable Oil, Vitamin Premixes & Minerals as well as Laminated Foils and Carton Boxes.
  • To ensure that the products are purchased in the most value-added manner.
  • Support the purchasing process and the Purchasing Department to manage the supply chain effectively and efficiently. 

Specific Duties:

Sourcing strategy and Purchasing Process

  • Provide input (business requirements, market knowledge, etc.) and coordinate the development of a harmonized sourcing strategy for all items mentioned above.
  • Develop a strong understanding of the market and monitor competitive factors and risks. Understand the potential supply base and track the market and price trends.
  • Develop total cost of ownership models and scenarios across the end-to-end category value chain.
  • Establish category long, mid, short-term priorities based on benefits opportunities vs business needs.
  • Lead or actively participate in specific projects related to the category specificities
  • Use spend analysis to monitor spend and develop relevant insights to support sourcing strategies and sourcing decisions.
  • Apply the Structured Strategic Sourcing Processes. Lead the development and implementation of the purchasing strategy for specified products.
  • Own price budgeting and forecasting for products/categories in charge supporting financial planning.
  • Lead development of negotiation strategy and execute negotiation strategy in a timely and effective manner
  • Establish supplier development, diversification, and relationship management strategies.
  • Implement and support execution of master contracts and supply agreements.
  • In relation with other buyers, lead end-to-end supplier management: qualification, performance management, development, etc.
  • Lead supplier diversity initiatives.
  • Lead, support, and coordinate cross-functional teams engaged into sourcing activities and projects.
  • Communicate purchasing knowledge, strategies, and goals to increase purchasing expertise.
  • Establish performance management for categories and or product.
  • Track category performance metrics: financial and non-financial.
  • If required implement business-specific purchasing (sourcing and procurement) procedures with respect to specific business needs and priorities.
  • Build achievable and compelling risk management framework and business continuity plans.
  • Manage “Supply Crisis”: work with relevant functions to ensure fast resolutions and continuity of supply.
  • Capture lessons learnt from the crisis and translate into opportunities for improvement.


  • Own suppliers and external partners’ relationships for specified category/products.
  • Optimize supplier relationships for key business suppliers to develop trust-based connections.
  • Be actively engaged into networking activities to leverage category knowledge and opportunities for AIF: peers, professional associations, NGO’s, Government and local authorities, suppliers, etc.


  • Manage and develop the local / field purchasing team and continuously improve its ways of working.
  • Manage category/product purchasing budget and forecast/track purchased price variance.
  • Plan category review timing, drawing up timelines, and agree milestone objectives for each category/product.
  • Act as a change agent in leading implementation of purchasing initiatives
  • Build an appropriate business plan to address and prioritize the purchasing needs and opportunities
  • Manage (solid or dotted line) team of buyers (regional or global)


  • Delivers on raw materials budget incl. savings
  • Cash: DPO, Inventory
  • Service delivery – product availability at the right specifications

Knowledge and educational level

Educational level

University or similar degree preferably in food Sciences, chemistry, purchasing, or any other related field.


  • Expertise in local, regional, and global soft commodity and packaging markets: supplier base, market drivers, sourcing strategies and techniques
  • Purchasing know-how and mastering the 7-Step Sourcing Process (supplier industry analysis, development of TCO-models, procurement strategies, supplier selection, fact-based negotiations, etc.)
  • Deep knowledge of the specific supplier industry
  • Knowledge in negotiation strategies and tactics
  • Fluent in English. Proficiency in Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili, and/or French is a plus
  • Basic knowledge of local legal positions for international contracts
  • Technical skills in computing and using standard software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, and Internet)
  • Deep knowledge in excel basics and advanced functionalities
  • Presentation skills to stakeholders, clients, and senior leadership


  • Be a Rwandan National
  • 5 years experience in purchasing
  • Good knowledge of the agricultural and food business is a strong plus
  • Overview of supply chain management


  • Strong communication skills with suppliers and internal customers
  • Proven client focus (internal customers)

Ability to drive strong networking with suppliers

  • Project management
  • Capability for technical leading
  • Ability to understand and analyze sets of data, “from Data to Insights”
  • Strong innovation focused and open for unconventional business ideas
  • Ability to lead Cross-Functional Teams
  • Act as a leader and be able to develop team members’ skills
  • Global and multicultural focus
  • Integrated knowledge of business administration principles

Pro-active in process-efficiency-initiatives Africa Improved Foods Rwanda Ltd behaviors are important for this job: act responsibly, drive for results, engage people, improve, innovate and change.

Application Process

Interested and qualifying candidates should send their application file (CV, Academic certificate, and cover letter) via the link below not later than the 19th of October 2021.