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Supplier Manager Central Eastern Europe

The Coca-Cola Company

  • Location: Prague, Czech Republic - CZE
  • Post Date: 5/17/2019
  • Job Type: FULL TIME
  • Post End Date: June 15 - 2019
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Job ID: R-27480CzechRepublic-Prague

Job Description Summary





Travel Required:

Relocation Provided:

Job Posting End Date:

June 15, 2019


Job Description Summary:

This role can be located in these cities: Warsaw, Sofia, Prague or Zagreb

No relocation assistance is planned for this role,


This role works in close cooperation with Ingredient and Packaging Suppliers, Procurement, Commercialization and Supply Chain, Manufacturing Sites, Engineering and Logistics in deploying and monitoring the efficient and effective implementation of strategies and policies to protect and enhance The Coca-Cola System resources, assets, trademarks and corporate reputation.

This role can be located in these cities: Warsaw, Sofia, Prague or Zagreb

No relocation assistance is planned for this role,


This role works in close cooperation with Ingredient and Packaging Suppliers, Procurement, Commercialization and Supply Chain, Manufacturing Sites, Engineering and Logistics in deploying and monitoring the efficient and effective implementation of strategies and policies to protect and enhance The Coca-Cola System resources, assets, trademarks and corporate reputation.

• Ensure and protect the superior quality of TCCC products through execution of supplier management program, based on risk assessment, gap analysis and continuous improvement principles.
• By working collaboratively with the Bottler Quality Assurance, Packaging and Procurement Managers, testing laboratories, global Subject Matter Experts representing Quality and Packaging, BU Quality & Food Safety Managers and the Technical Leadership of the various Suppliers.
• By participating in supplier authorization framework development and its execution as per the agreed plans, to minimize risks related to ingredient and packaging suppliers.
• By issuing authorizations and changes to approval status for new and existing ingredient and packaging suppliers, suppliers of processing aids and auxiliary materials, and keeping respective records updated.
• By developing, recommending and publishing relevant procedures, standards and requirements. This is done in collaboration with the BU KORE Manager, BU QSE Director, BU Commercialization & Supply Chain Director and GP&T
• By providing expertise and consultancy to the various stakeholders.


Support development and execute Supplier Management Program for the BU.

Supplier Auditing
• Participate in preparation and maintaining the annual supplier audit schedule.
• Perform supplier audits as per the supplier audit schedule.
• Review all audit reports and ensure corrective action plans are being implemented in a timely manner.
• Track progress and coach the responsible supplier resources to achieve compliance.

New Supplier Approval
• On request and within the business need of the BU and Bottlers, manage the authorization of new ingredient and packaging suppliers as per the relevant KORE requirements.
• Align approval status decision with BU Technical Leadership and issue respective approval for the new supplier.
• Publish authorization letters to the suppliers confirming the approval status.

Supplier Performance Management
• Ensure all Company and Local Regulations, KORE Policies, Requirements and Standards are clearly addressed in the quality programs of the suppliers. Report and ensure implementation of relevant corrective actions for any deviations
• Monitor supplier's performance against Company's routine sample requirements.
• Review supplier's quality performance to ensure that they adhere to The Company's policies and standards. Report variations and solutions to the BU Technical Leadership, Bottlers' Quality and Procurement teams.
• Follow up and verify close out of all non-conformances against which corrective action was requested.
• Develop and execute supplier quality improvement initiatives.
• Actively request information regarding supplier quality incidents within the bottler and assist with the close out of the corrective action.
• Manage changes to the approval status of existing suppliers.
• Participate in European and Global workgroups for the development of new or change of existing specifications for ingredients and primary packaging materials, risk assessment, authorization, and auditing modules, best practices sharing initiatives.

Supplier Capability Building
• Build capability within the BU concerning supplier partnership, by working with the relevant Bottler Quality Assurance Managers, BU Quality & Food Safety Managers and supplier technical management.

Record Keeping
• Recommend policies, governance related technical bulletins and certification criteria on supplier management to the BU KORE Manager and Technical Leadership.
• Maintain all relevant records in PICASSO


Internal communication partners include:
• Across BU with other functions, across BUs globally with supplier management teams, with Corporate functions
• Corporate and Business Units QSE Directors, and Technical Directors
• Quality Governance managers across BUs and at Corporate
• Global Subject Matter Experts and Corporate GP&T Platform Leaders;
• Business Units, Marketing, Legal and PAC Teams (Directors and Managers)
• Other functions within Europe or Corporate Business Operations & Strategic Planning (Technical Stewardship, Commercialization, Quality Assurance, Packaging) - Directors and Managers

External communication partners include:
• Bottlers technical teams, (Supply Chain, Quality, Procurement, Risk management)
• Suppliers (General Managers, Technical Managers, Quality Managers)
• Certification bodies, agencies


• Supplier Improvement actions as result of audit findings.
• Operational issues in bottling plants with ingredients and packaging
• Risk and business impact evaluation.
• Evaluation of capacity and capability of current supplier base to meet short- and long-term business needs;
• Compliance with the critical quality elements
• Consumer complaints


Develop and propose specific supply chain solutions for safe and reliable materials supply. Create systems, methods and tools for risk management related to suppliers;
Examples: Propose a ready solution or design a system and tool for supplier performance monitoring/tracking to be used by the bottling operations, allowing simple and accurate data collection, data analysis, automated reporting and alert communication. Design a system to interact with bottlers and suppliers in order to maintain a database for quality failures or troubleshooting that will enable the system to manage the risk related to the supply base.
For troubleshooting and new specifications development, work with global experts to develop new methods to verify food safety of materials.

Leader of Self

Travel Required: up to 60%


Minimum: 3 years in the Food Industry and experience in 2+ Technical/Quality/SRA areas.
5+ years of previous work experience are required
University/Bachelor's Degree


Preferred: 5 years experience in Quality/Technical activities in the System or in other Food & Drink companies or in ingredients/ packaging manufacturing companies; in depth knowledge in Quality Management, in Certification and Auditing activities, in root cause analysis and in Quality Improvement programs.
8+ years of previous work experience are required
ISO 9001 Lead Auditor certification

English must be fluent and an additional language is a plus: Russian, Serbian, Croatian, Polish are preferred

Professional/Technical Skill:

  • Good understanding of the supply chain 
  • Knowledge of the Quality system and quality techniques 
  • In depth knowledge of ingredient manufacturing processes and materials.
  • In depth knowledge of packaging manufacturing processes and materials
  • In depth knowledge of processing aids and auxiliary materials
  • Project Management
  • Risk assessment methodologies

Foundation skill:

  • Thinking strategically
  • Improvement focus
  • Result focused
  • Analytical thinking
  • System knowledge
  • Influencing
  • Problem solving

Our Growth Culture:

One of the reasons our company continues to thrive after 130+ years is having a company culture that supports and rewards behaviors that lead to growth. Our “Growth Behaviors,” as we call them, are ways of being and working that help to make us successful. Think about how you can bring this to life in your next role at Coca-Cola.


Keep seeking, never settle.  Staying curious about what is outside, and two steps ahead inspires us to challenge the status quo. Having the courage to look and leap is the way we grow. Because asking “what if?” pushes us to the next level as people and as a company.


Make it happen. True empowerment is the result of taking responsibility. This means giving yourself permission to see it, say it and do it, and owning the outcomes. Because we move forward faster when we all take action.

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Push for progress, not perfection. There are very few overnight successes. Greatness is borne of many little victories (and failures). Share v 1.0, test it, and make it better. Then create the next version. Because the moment we think something is perfect, it will be obsolete.


Include, value and trust each other. We are smart alone but together we are genius. This means being inclusive, giving the benefit of the doubt and being responsible for each other. Because, for our company to thrive for the next 100+ years, smart isn't enough. We need genius.

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