Richard P.

Food & Beverages | Procurement | Strategy | Category Management

United Kingdom

21+ years of experience in the Food & Beverages industry. Strategy creation; Stakeholder management; Purchasing (FMCG and Retail); Strategic sourcing; General management; Risk management.

  • Agricultural Crops & Forestry
  • FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods)
  • Food & Beverage
  • Retail & Ecommerce


  • Pre-vetted expert
  • Confirmed hourly rate
  • Available on short notice


Procurement Lead - Raw Materials

pladis Global
5 years
Current position
Dec 2017 - Present
pladis was established in January 2016 with the bringing together of United Biscuits, Ulker, Godiva Chocolatier and DeMet's Candy Company as one global business. pladis has annual reven...see more

Business Engagement Lead (Procurement) - Europe

pladis Global
5 years
Current position
Mar 2017 - Present
- Primary focus on strategic business alignment with senior European stakeholders and business units. - Leading the agenda for Direct and In-Direct procurement across the European manuf...see more

Regional Category Manager - Agriculture

pladis Global
2 years
Aug 2015 - Nov 2017
Leading the Agriculture Category for Europe; managing a team of 4 with overall responsibility for procurement of flour, palm oil, sweeteners and starches, seeds and spices, jams & filli...see more

Category Manager - Packaging, Group Commercial - Commodities

Tesco PLC
2 years
Feb 2014 - Aug 2015
Leading a team of buying and technical experts - producing innovative and pioneering packaging solutions for our customers - identifying and delivering sustainable commercial opportunit...see more

Category Manager - Group Commercial, Commodities

Tesco PLC
2 years
Sep 2011 - Jan 2014
Within the TESCO Group Food Commodity team; management of rice, edible oils and durum wheat trade for the UK, Central Europe, U.S and Asia. Origination at source Delivering value and m...see more

Trading Manager

Marubeni Corporation
1 year
Sep 2010 - Sep 2011
Marubeni Corporation is a sōgō shōsha headquartered in Nihonbashi, Chuo, Tokyo, Japan. It is one of the largest sogo shosha and has leading market shares in grain and paper pulp trade,...see more

Procurement Manager

Tonkin Trading Ltd
9 years
May 2001 - May 2010
Tonkin Trading has been pioneering in establishing quality control standards and introducing Vietnamese tea to the international market.

Industries, roles and expertise

Industry experience

  • Agricultural Crops & Forestry
  • FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods)
  • Food & Beverage
  • Retail & Ecommerce


  • Business Strategy
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Customer Service
  • Procurement
  • Forecasting
  • Customer Relations
  • Risk Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Purchasing
  • Global Sourcing
  • Supplier Negotiation
  • Strategy Development
  • Sourcing
  • Logistics
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Category Management
  • Negotiation