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Heidi Adams

Bakery Category Buyer
Johannesburg

Summary

Bakery Category Buyer with over 30 years of successful experience in South African Bakery Industry. Recognized consistently for performance excellence and contributions to the success of PnP bakeries. Responsible for Category Strategy to grow Sales Turnover, Supplier performance, Margin and Waste management together with New Product launches.

Overview

4
4
years of post-secondary education
36
36
years of professional experience

Bakery Category Buyer

Pick N Pay
2012-11 - Current

Responsibilities include managing the commercial Instore Bakery Category from raw material procurement through to execution with KPI's being Turnover, Margin, Waste and Vendor performance

  • Leading Bakery Category Strategy resulting in growth for past 7 years
  • Improvement of Supplier Relationships, Performance, Negotiation's, Trading Terms, listings and Deals. Service level delivery improved by 10%.
  • Development and execution of all promotional activities resulting in bakery becoming destination on weekends
  • Maintenance of Margin and Waste budgets
  • New product and packaging development. Responsible for execution of succesful range in flagship store like PnP On Nicol and Constantia
  • Successfully rationalised Bakery Range resulting in growth and lowering of waste
  • Improved bakery availability by 20%
  • Maintenance of bakery costing and recipe manuals
  • Won progress award in 2019 to outstanding performance

Bakery Technical Manager

Pick n Pay
2011-03 - 2012-10

Managed bakery range, recipe manual and costings

  • Led migration of all instore bakeries from Premixes to Complete Mixes resulting in simplicity, consistency in quality and savings
  • Started my career in Bakery Buying using technical skills to get best deals and quality for the group

Bakery Product Specialist

Pick n Pay
2008-02 - 2012-10

Responsible with Instore Bakery Recipe Manual and Costings , New Product and Packaging development for Bakery and Food Safety Management System for Central Baking

  • Successfully migrated bakery recipes from excel to Taste wise to improve margins
  • Successfully modernized the instore bakery manual to standardise methods and improve margins
  • Achievement of over 90% for Food Safety Management System for Central Bakery
  • Development and execution of flag ship products for PnP On Nicol
  • Won Merit Award in 2009 for constantly delivering excellent work performance
  • Won Progress Ward in 2012 for outstanding performance throughout year

Technical Manager

Bidvest - Chipkins Bakery Supplies
2005-01 - 2017-07

Technical Manager for factory including new product development. Chipkins is a raw material supplier to baking industry

  • Developed suggestions for technical process improvements to optimize production
  • Made significant savings in recipe formulations
  • Development of tailored made recipe for customers
  • Won Bidvest RAT award which is STAR spelt backwards for performance

Technical Manager

Tiger Milling and Baking
1995-02 - 1999-06

Technical Manager for Plant Bread, Rolls, Christmas, Confectionery and Tiger Flour Mills.

  • Launch of Bake From Frozen Project with Forecourts
  • Improved flour quality and consistency to plant bakeries by 10%
  • Improve Flour Mill Laboratory Standards by 20% through implementation of a measuring and audit system
  • Kept all specifications,packaging ingredient and nutritional details up to date

Technical Manager

Premier Foods - Blue Ribbon Bakery
1990-01 - 1995-01

This was my first job which entailed with performing Hygiene Audits at all Blue Ribbon Bakeries in South Africa and Swaziland. I was then promoted to Technical Manager with responsibilities that included training, new product development and quality control of premixes used for plant bakeries.

Work History

Diploma - Baking

American Institute Of Baking
1992-08 - 1992-12

Bachelor of Science With Honours - Microbiology

University Of The Witwatersrand
1986-01 - 1989-12

Education

Skills

Commecial Buying and Negotiations

Category Strategy, Review and Growth

Data Driven Analysis

Retail Execution and Performance

Cross Functional Teams

New Product Launches

Bakery Industry Knowledge

Bakery Operations and Merchandising

Customer Insights

Software

SAP

Microsoft

Bi Office analysis

Interests

Trail running and reading

Bakery Category Buyer - Pick N Pay
2012-11 - Current
Bakery Technical Manager - Pick n Pay
2011-03 - 2012-10
Bakery Product Specialist - Pick n Pay
2008-02 - 2012-10
Technical Manager - Bidvest - Chipkins Bakery Supplies
2005-01 - 2017-07
Technical Manager - Tiger Milling and Baking
1995-02 - 1999-06
American Institute Of Baking - Diploma, Baking
1992-08 - 1992-12
Technical Manager - Premier Foods - Blue Ribbon Bakery
1990-01 - 1995-01
University Of The Witwatersrand - Bachelor of Science With Honours , Microbiology
1986-01 - 1989-12

Timeline

Heidi AdamsBakery Category Buyer