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Chiba Purchasing & Sourcing Full Time

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You take the leadership in the purchasing team to ensure supplier has goods ready in time and in full in order to fulfil customers’ need at lowest possible landed cost by: Achieving excellence in running logistics operations in accordance with Category Plan, by interacting with respective stakeholders and complying with working methods; Taking the lead in operational capacity planning at supplier level and contributing to tactical capacity planning; Developing logistics performance through common Action Plans with Suppliers [Key previous experiences and proven skills] ・ Fluency in both written and spoken Japanese & English (business level): you shall need to communicate with local suppliers frequently ・ Good understanding of IKEA Business and IKEA Business model for growth. ・ Good understanding of how you every day work adds customer value by delivering to Democratic Design. ・ Deep Understanding of IKEA Purchasing Manual and good understanding of IKEA Purchasing Development Process (PDP), IKEA Purchasing Year Cycle and the Governance Structure. ・ Understanding of IKEA Supplier Development Process (SDP), new product development and knowledge around how supply planner contributes to them. ・ Knowledge of supplier capabilities, material, production flow, capacity planning and available capacities. ・ Understanding IKEA Supply Chain organization and processes within Planning and Delivery. ・ Knowledge of supply chain cost drivers from raw material to customer and logistic tools such as: different replenishment methods, delivery solutions and working with lead times. ・ University degree in a relevant field and/or equal supply chain experience ・ Analytical skills ・ Communication skills ・ Organized and capable to prioritize ・ Ability to work in team and to navigate with multiple stakeholders


Secure operational capacities by ensuring high quality of capacity data from suppliers and by working continuously towards exceptions together with Need Planner and Supplier in a proactive manner. Contribute to tactical capacity planning based on supplier performance on agreed capacity. Update and secure correct information in all relevant systems. Furthermore work with systems and reports, to proactively detect and act on possible deviations from goal. Prepare suppliers for best replenishment and delivery solutions by continuously maintaining & developing supplier delivery performance and sender lead-times. Contribute to identifying best logistical offer, furthermore implements, maintains and reviews by having customer and total cost in mind. Actively contributes in the planning and execution of the best set-up for range changes at supplier, news and discontinued, constraints periods and activities. Continuously follow-up, analyse and takes action to improve supplier delivery performance and ensures goods are shipped in time from suppliers. Secures correct availability information from supplier to IKEA Retail/receiver in such quality that it can be for the benefit of the customers. Develops and maintains suppliers’ logistic competence towards becoming responsible on their own performance through: working closely with suppliers, running Supplier Development Projects and providing them relevant trainings & working methods. Contribute to supplier development by taking a lead from logistic perspective and engages relevant competence in IKEA and at Supplier to assess supplier logistics capability and running supplier development projects.


[Purpose of the function: Purchasing and Logistics] The Logistics function in Purchasing Organisation enables consistently high and stable availability for our customers at lowest possible landed cost by: Leading logistics development, contributing to value chain development with a total cost approach Securing planning and delivery processes to achieve excellence in running operations Planning and optimizing flow in a sending perspective in efficient delivery and supply solutions Defining and securing implementation of ways of working, systems & tools to support business decisions and suppliers to achieve logistics performance We don’t want to brag, but in our team we’re born negotiators. Together we source the world for suppliers for everything from raw materials for products to ink for the printer. Our mission is to maximise what suppliers can provide at the lowest possible prices while assuring safe and sustainable sourcing at all times. Most importantly: we build mutually beneficial partnerships for the long term. There’s nothing better than a great deal where everyone wins!


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