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Procurement lead


Bucharest, Bucharest, RO

COFCO International is a global agri-business with a clear vision, strong values and a positive culture, focused on being a leader in the global grains, oilseeds and sugar supply chains. We provide the food the world needs in a responsible way. Headquartered is Geneva, Switzerland, we are ambitious, with the right structures and culture to meet the world's increasing and changing needs. With 11,000+ people in 35 countries, our global portfolio includes assets across the Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. We trade with over 50 nations, while providing farmers unique direct access to the growing Chinese market.

We now have a unique opportunity for a proven professional to leads a team of three professionals in Romania. This is an exciting role for someone with a solid previous technical procurement background.


Purpose of the role

  • To support strategic sourcing initiatives to deliver long term programs for services and goods categories which support the business requirements of Romania.
  • To take responsibility for leveraging negotiation skills to secure beneficial terms, employing data analytics for strategic decision-making, and ensuring the alignment of procurement activities with our company’s operation and financial objectives.



  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with internal and external key stakeholders to align procurement strategies.
  • Utilize deep industry knowledge to forecast market trends and assess their potential impact on procurement strategies.
  • Lead complex negotiations with vendors, focusing on total cost of ownership (TCO), innovation, and flexibility to adapt.
  • Design and implement procurement strategies that mitigate risks, enhance supplier performance, and support sustainability objectives.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholder and legal departments to ensure contracts comply with regulatory requirements and company policies, with a strong focus on data security and intellectual property rights.
  • Act as an escalation point for contractual and performance issues, demonstrating advanced problem-solving skills and effective dispute management.
  • Consolidate and analyse global procurement spend data/ KPIs for the preparation of monthly global procurement reporting, using data analytic skills.
  • Perform any other tasks as assigned by direct line manager or Regional and Group Management, relevant for the position and job requirements.
  • Adhere to COFCO values, guidelines, procedures, as well as to internally developed policies.



  • Bachelor’s degree, post-graduate / master’s in mechanical engineering.
  • 5+ years’ experience in industrial purchases (port equipment and services are a plus).
  • Experience contracts negotiations.
  • Experience with global business.
  • Experience in Procurement processes, Systems & Compliance Management.
  • Experience in data management, analysis, presentations and reporting.
  • Fluency in English and Romanian, other European languages are a plus.
  • Communication, analytical and presentation skills.
  • Negotiation skills. 
  • Ability to work in a cross functional international complex corporate environment.
  • Stakeholder engagement skills, coupled with a customer-oriented profile.
  • Experience in SAP/ERP Procurement solutions (S/4HANA MM, Ariba…).
  • Open-minded self-starter with the ability to adapt, improvise and solve problems.


COFCO International is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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