Asahi Procurement Specialist - UK | Woking

This is an exciting time to join the team, with the Asahi business entering into a new phase of its journey in the UK and Europe, following Asahi Europe Ltd.’s acquisition of the Fuller’s drinks business in April 2019. The operational footprint in the UK has widened, bringing new brewing and distribution capabilities as well as an expanded portfolio - now including cask ales and ciders for the first time.

Asahi Europe Limited is a subsidiary of Asahi Group Holdings Ltd, a global beverage and food company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Japan. Employing some 2,000 people, the Woking headquartered business is the custodian for leading super premium beer, ale, craft lager and cider brands including; Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Grolsch, Asahi Super Dry, Meantime, Cornish Orchards and Fuller’s London Pride. Asahi Europe Limited leads eight world-class brewing and production facilities with commercial operations in the Netherlands, Italy, United Kingdom, France, USA and Canada, as well as a global distribution network that serves Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. For further information, visit

We are currently looking for a Procurement Specialist to join our Procurement function based at our European HQ in Woking. The Procurement Specialist will report directly to the UK Head of, as well as providing support to Above-Market Procurement and UK Supply Chain teams. With the opportunity to travel in the UK and in North West Europe for supplier visits. This is an Indirect procurement focused role, but we would consider applicants from a Direct background.

Your key responsibilities are going to be active engagement with the stakeholders during the sourcing cycle, performing category management, and act as a point of contact between the procurement organisation and planning and supply teams both locally and globally. 

This role also includes:

  • Assist in the development of Rfx
  • Facilitate end to end sourcing initiatives, via traditional and e-sourcing methods, including a review of the process to ensure continuous improvement
  • Prepare fact-based negotiation packages, to in support of the Category Management team in the negotiation process
  • Support preparation of implementation plans
  • Coordinate the analysis of supplier submissions
  • Develop category specific toolkits (i.e. excellence toolkits) and train Category Managers in adequate execution to improve the knowledge and management of the category
  • Continuously track forecasted vs. actual savings according to the Asahi Value Tracking Process using the Asahi Procurement Benefits Methodology

Your ideal background / experience:

  • Preferably 2 years + industry experience
  • University/bachelor degree qualification is essential
  • CIPS qualification desirable but not essential
  • Proficiency in English essential

On offer is a competitive basic salary plus generous benefits package, inclusive of:

  • Annual bonus
  • Industry leading pension contribution
  • Daily Lunch Allowance
  • 28 crates of beer per annum
  • Healthcare
  • Life assurance
  • Dental insurance
  • 25 days holiday (buy up to 5 more)