WHITWORTH BROS. LIMITED - Senior Commodity Manager

International Permanent
  • Join Whitworths and shape the future of healthy snacking
  • Whitworths have gained silver status accreditation from Investors in People

About Our Client

  • Market Leader: Join a company with over 130 years of history in providing nutritious and delicious products to households across the UK. Whitworths is synonymous with quality and trust.
  • Impactful Role: As a Senior Commodity Manager, you will play a pivotal role in their supply chain, ensuring they source the best raw materials at the most competitive prices. Your expertise will directly influence their product offerings and market success.
  • Innovative Environment: Be part of a forward-thinking team that values innovation and sustainability. At Whitworths, they are committed to reducing their environmental footprint and promoting sustainable sourcing practices.
  • Professional Growth: They invest in their people. You'll have access to continuous learning opportunities, professional development, and the opportunity to work for an exceptional Procurement Director whose FMCG commodity management and leadership is second-to-none.
  • Collaborative Culture: Work in a supportive and collaborative environment where your ideas are valued, and your contributions make a real difference. At Whitworths, teamwork and mutual respect are at the core of everything they do.

Job Description

Whitworths are seeking a dynamic and experienced Senior Commodity Manager to join their team based in Irthlingborough and drive strategic sourcing initiatives; you will play a crucial role in managing the buying in a product portfolio for dried fruit, nuts and seeds, beans, pulses and cereals.

As Senior Commodity Manager, you will be responsible for developing and executing sourcing strategies, building strong supplier relationships, and ensuring the continuous availability of high-quality ingredients to meet production demands. This role offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to their growth while championing sustainability and ethical sourcing practices.


  • Develop and implement strategic sourcing plans to optimise costs, ensure quality, and mitigate supply chain risks.
  • Stay abreast of market trends, global commodity markets, and industry developments to make informed sourcing decisions.
  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with suppliers, negotiating contracts, and ensuring adherence to quality and sustainability standards.
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with quality assurance, production, and logistics teams to guarantee the consistent supply of raw materials.
  • Identify and mitigate supply chain risks, including market fluctuations, geopolitical events, and environmental factors, to ensure continuity of supply.
  • Implement cost reduction initiatives while maintaining product quality standards.
  • Analyse and evaluate supplier performance to drive continuous improvement and efficiency gains.
  • Drive sustainability initiatives within the supply chain, ensuring compliance with ethical sourcing standards and certifications.

The Successful Applicant

  • Degree education and related qualifications e.g., CIPS, MBA
  • Demonstrable experience within commodity management in a food manufacturing environment and global markets
  • Exceptional strategic, problem-solving and analytical abilities
  • Strong in negotiation, communication, and supplier relationship management
  • A solid understanding of commodity markets and retail industry trends
  • Cross-functional leadership and collaborative
  • Ability to lead and collaborate in a cross-functional team environment.

What's on Offer

  • Competitive salary - dependent on experience and profile
  • A comprehensive benefits package Inc. £6000 car allowance, bonus up to 20%, 5% matched pension contribution, private healthcare and in addition, you'll also have access to several family friendly, health and lifestyle benefits
  • Hybrid working (3 days on-site)
  • A vibrant and supportive company culture
  • The opportunity to make a significant impact in the FMCG industry
  • A chance to work in a forward-thinking, sustainability focused company
Holly Antonia Butler
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Phone number
+44 115 948 6493

Job summary

Job function
Procurement & Supply Chain
Direct Procurement
FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods)
Contract type
Consultant name
Holly Antonia Butler
Consultant phone
+44 115 948 6493
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