We are a global leader in food & beverage ingredients. Pioneers at heart, we operate at the forefront of consumer trends to provide food & beverage manufacturers with products and ingredients that will delight their consumers. Making a positive impact on people and planet is all part of the delight. With a deep-rooted presence in the countries where our ingredients are grown, we are closer to farmers, enabling better quality, and more reliable, traceable and transparent supply. Supplying products and ingredients at scale is just the start. We add value through our unique, complementary portfolio of natural, delicious and nutritious products. With our fresh thinking, we help our customers unleash the sensory and functional attributes of cocoa, coffee, dairy, nuts and spices so they can create naturally good food & beverage products that meet consumer expectations. And whoever we’re with, whatever we’re doing, we always make it real .
Reporting to the Senior Director of Procurement, the Category Manager will have oversight for the Packaging Categories (cans, corrugated, labels, closures, jars, drums)and will be responsible for developing, managing, and implementing strategic sourcing and category management practices that will deliver the best value outcome for the company. The Category Manager will be responsible for monitoring supplier performance programs with continuous improvement efforts to maximize value deliver cost savings initiatives. The Category Manager will drive opportunities to streamline our maintenance stock rooms ordering process and ensure the teams achieves the optimal balance between cost, efficiency and service levels.
Lead the development, negotiations, and execution of key contracts. Establish and deliver strategic sourcing strategy that promotes supplier base reduction and leverages financial analysis and competitive bids/Requests for Proposal (RFPs) for cost savings, reduction in total cost of ownership and other target objectives. Review and work closely with plants to improve and define stock room inventory programs. Work with all levels of the business to evaluate requirements for goods and services for the category(s) managed. Understand and perform spend analysis using SAP and other sources. Analyze spend patterns through the supply chain and identify opportunities to reduce costs. Lead ongoing category management activities within assigned scope to achieve business objectives. Strategically source category(s) including: RFx (request for x, identified criteria), evaluation criteria, supplier evaluations, supplier diversity evaluations, etc. Manage the supplier selection and engagement process including; management of internal stakeholders and suppliers throughout the strategic sourcing process. Provide recommendations and business cases to award business for purchasing categories. Develop supplier performance measurements. Manage source-to-pay (S2P) process, including supplier enablement, negotiations, and supplier relationship management (SRM). Monitor supplier performance to ensure that acceptable service levels are maintained. Maintain excellent working relationships with key suppliers and internal customers. Take action to support delivery of outcomes and monitoring Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) internally and externally. Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelors’ Degree is required, majors in Supply Chain Management, Economics, Business Administration, or Packaging Engineering is preferred. Candidates may substitute five (5) years of prior Category Management experience in lieu of degree requirement. Three (3) years of strategic procurement with category management experience is required. Candidates who substitute experience in lieu of degree require eight (8) years procurement experience. Proven track record of delivering significant savings and efficiencies across a diverse range of procurement projects is required. Broad and demonstrable knowledge to design and implement appropriate procurement processes, procedures and performance measures is required. Strong business acumen with excellent understanding of markets and how they operate and will impact the business is required. Demonstrated ability to build and maintain internal and external relationships and able to drive alignment. Experience with supply chain optimization and continuous improvements initiatives is strongly preferred. Effective contract management and negotiation skills are required. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to communicate effectively at any level is required. SAP experience is preferred. Experience with MS Office applications including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Project Management is required.
Note: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.
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