05 June 2008
L'Oréal has changed the roles of some of its buyers in its UK procurement team as part of a restructuring programme.
The purchasing function at the cosmetics firm was set up in January 2007 and it is now recruiting junior buyers to focus on "day-to-day" tactical purchases.
Suzanne Hammond, purchasing manager, said it already had purchasing managers and suppliers, but it needed an extra dimension. She explained recruiting assistant buyers would enable existing purchasers to take on a more strategic role.
"It's been a very steep learning curve over the past 18 months and the initiative has been recognised from within the team. It will enable purchasers to focus on the longer term and put category management practices in place."
Rachel Hotton was appointed director of purchasing for the UK in April, joining from the professional products division of the company. Hammond said having someone from within the firm head up purchasing would help the team to drive the restructuring process forward.
In February, L'Oréal announced plans to overhaul its global supply chain operations, by reducing its buying offices from seven to four, and focusing on specific supplier relationships (News, 28 February).