Somnath Chatterjee

Somnath Chatterjee

HEAD OF PROCUREMENT, ITC FOODS
 

Currently employed at ITC FOODS, ITC Limited, ITC

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    Summary

    Somnath Chatterjee is CPO of ITC’s Food Division. He is a consummate supply chain and procurement professional, who is responsible for implementing “best in class” procurement practices for this new FMCG business of ITC. He provides strategic leadership to his team in handling procurement for nationally famous brands such as Aashirwad Atta, Sunfeast Biscuits, Bingo chips, Kitchens of India ready to eat products, Candyman and Mintofresh candies and now Yipee Noodles. He handles a buy size of over 3000 Crores and manages supply chain for 48 diverse locations across India spanning a vendor base of over 1800. Somnath has 20 years of rich experience in handling key positions at food industry / FMCG giants like Nestle. He specializes in commodities procurement and strategic planning with focus on implementing cost reduction measures. He has vast experience in logistics, warehouse management, distribution, transportation, production planning and inventory management. Somnath has done his post graduation in humanities with specialization in tea and coffee tasting from J. Thomas & Co, Kolkata and Thompson Lloyd & Ewart of London. He has also undergone various management courses on: Procurement psychology, Price Risk Management, Internal controls, Process Management, lean management and is well versed in SAP and procurement tools such as reverse auctions and e-auctions. He is a Member of Chief Procurement Officers (CPO) strategy forum and speaker at several supply chain related seminars and conferences. He is also an Expert Committee member of Bangalore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCIC)

Experiences

 

Head of Procurement

At ITC

From June 2006 to Present
* I provide strategic leadership to my team in handling procurement for nationally famous brands such as Aashirwad Atta, Sunfeast Biscuits, Bingo chips, Kitchens of India ready to eat products, Candyman and Mintofresh candies and Yipee Noodles. * Span of control encompasses a buy size of over...
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Head of Procurement

At ITC Limited

From June 2006 to Present
with ITC Limited (Foods Division) as Head - Procurement & Logistics. Given below are some of the salient features of my role
 

HEAD OF PROCUREMENT

At ITC FOODS

From 2006 to Present
 

Head buyer

At NESTE

From December 2001 to June 2006
Purchase of tomato puree and paste for use in our culinary products such as ketchup and soups. Other functions as Tea business profit center head: Master blender and saleroom coordinator for tea and TFF buying PAN INDIA. Buyer for Nestle's annual requirement of tomato puree and...
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Master Sale Room Controller & chief buyer

At Nestlé

From November 1998 to December 2001
Appointed as Master Sale Room Controller of black tea (chief buyer) and commodities buyer for T F F ( tea waste ) used for production of instant tea at our Choladi factory. In addition to this I continue to execute at the Coimbatore unit, many of the functions detailed below. NESTLE
 

Taster & Blender

At Nestle

From November 1995 to November 1998
Appointed In-Charge of the main blending unit at Siliguri. Also Nestle's chief Taster / Blender for both Domestic and Export markets. NESTLE Blend formulation: Solely responsible for having modified Nestle's old blends and creating new Domestic and Export blends after Nestle's joint venture with...
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General Manager

At R. D. Tea Company

From August 1994 to November 1995
Worked with R. D. Tea Company as the General Manager (Consumer Division). Setup their tea blending and packaging operations and was entrusted with procurement and blending of teas. Appointed dealers in North and Central India and did extensive market research prior to launch of `' HANS `' brand of...
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trainee executive & Assistant Manager

At J. Thomas

From April 1988 to August 1994
Joined J. Thomas and Company Private Limited as trainee executive. Confirmed as Assistant Manager within 9 months by January'89. Was given intensive training in tea tasting and manufacture for the first two years. Entrusted with independent client list of 28 companies by 1990 and was visiting...
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Calcutta University, Calcutta

Bachelor of Arts, Calcutta University

From April 1986 to March 1989
10 + 2 1984 Maharashtra Board 57.86 % Commerce Political Science Hons. Computer proficient and SAP super user

Skills

 
  • Budgeting
  • Commodities
  • Communication skills
  • Effective negotiation
  • Food industry materials management
  • Food Processing
  • Forecasting
  • Futures Operations
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Langues parlées

 
  • English

Centres d'intérêt

 
  • Playing Squash
  • music
  • reading fiction
  • working out at the gym