16 October 2003 | Colleen Harris
Heinz, the global food manufacturer, has made two senior-level promotions as part of a major purchasing reorganisation.
Peter McConnan, former European purchasing director of Heinz Europe, has been promoted to director of supply chain.
Philip Duncan, former general manager of packaging, is now European purchasing director.
Peter Thomlinson joins the team as European purchasing financial controller. He was previously financial controller for Mars Confectionery, part of the Masterfoods group of companies.
Within the past two years, Heinz has combined its European businesses into one unit as part of its global strategy to separate itself into three regions: the Americas, Europe and the Pacific.
Heinz now has a category management structure with one buyer responsible for each ingredient across Europe, rather than an individual buyer in every country.
It has also moved from traditional purchasing processes into e-sourcing ingredients and packaging as part of the strategy.
"We have recruited some high-calibre buyers at all levels within purchasing to improve our sourcing strategies," McConnan said.
He added that Heinz Europe spends about $1 billion on direct materials and $600 million on indirect materials.