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Hitesh Bhatia

Hitesh Bhatia - Procurement

I joined in June 2012 from Britvic plc.

I joined for 2 main reasons; firstly to manage raw material/commodity categories where I would have greater exposure within the business and secondly to manage a small team.

I currently work as Strategic Sourcing Manager for direct materials, responsible for managing the procurement of all raw materials and packaging for the company. I specifically manage 2 of the biggest raw material categories – wheat and oats – for the company.

I enjoy the spirit and “can do” attitude within the company. Everyone wants to do well and contribute in whichever way that they can.

I was promoted in 2015 to Strategic Sourcing Manager for direct materials. This meant that I had a larger portfolio of responsibility and bigger team to manage. More importantly, I joined the procurement leadership team which has opened my eyes to the breadth of work involved in managing and leading a team and to the greater responsibility I have as a manager within the business.

My three biggest tips to be a success here are about demonstrating Drive, Passion and Commitment to challenge and change the business.

My single biggest tip on being as productive as possible is to regularly review your priorities with your line manager to ensure you stay focussed.