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Sr. Packaging Category Manager

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Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Job Function: Global Sourcing/PL&Ingredients/Trading

Req Number: 316

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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 alwaysmake it real.       
Position Summary       
Reporting to the VP North American NCP Procurement, the Sr. Packaging Category Manager will oversee Packaging Categories across North America with a dotted line to the Global Packaging Lead. They will need to develop and execute the sourcing strategy to ensure the delivery of productivity initiative targets over a multi-year horizon working closely with stakeholders across the organization, manufacturing, research, and development (R&D), quality teams, and business unit (BU) leads to identify and deliver cost savings, improve supplier performance, and drive visibility to total cost of ownership.       
The Category Manager will be responsible for monitoring supplier performance programs via quarterly business reviews (QBRs) with continuous improvement efforts to maximize value and deliver cost-saving initiatives while ensuring the highest levels of quality, efficiency, and sustainability.       
Position Responsibilities       
  • Develop and implement the three-year North America strategic sourcing plan for Glass, Grinders, Plastic Bottles, and Plastic Caps, that aligns with company objectives and business needs (leverage seven step sourcing process). 
  • Lead the development, negotiation, and execution of key contracts with key suppliers to ensure quality, cost-effectiveness, and timely delivery of packaging materials and services. 
  • Monitor supplier performance against agreed key performance indicators (KPIs)/service-level agreements (SLAs) and take corrective action where necessary. 
  • Manage packaging category budget and ensure pricing variances are forecasted 
  • Build, project manage, and lead RFPs (Requests for Proposal) and develop “should-cost” analysis. 
  • Leverage market intelligence and pre-empt possible risks in the category. 
  • Project manage, build, identify and execute cost savings initiatives across the packaging category, tracking progress against budget and delivering regular reports to senior management. 
  • Manage source-to-pay (S2P) process, including supplier enablement, negotiations, and supplier relationship management (SRM). 
  • Maintain excellent working relationships with key suppliers and internal    customers. 
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations, standards, and ethical
  •       guidelines for packaging materials and processes. 
  • Strategically source category(s) including: RFx (request for x, identified criteria), evaluation criteria, supplier evaluations, supplier diversity evaluations, etc. 
  • Support ofi innovation launches through the commercialization process. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.  
Position Requirements       
  • Bachelors’ Degree is required, majors in Supply Chain Management, Economics, Business Administration, Packaging, orPackaging Engineering is preferred. In lieu of a degree, candidates may substitute eight (8) years of strategic procurement experience.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of strategic procurement experience is required. Candidates substituting experience in lieu of degree required to have eight (8) years of experience in strategic procurement experience.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in Packaging (Procurement, R&D, Supply Chain) required.
  • Proven track record of strategic sourcing and delivering significant savings across a diverse range of procurement projects is required. 
  • Knowledge of packaging, including plastic bottles, metal closures, and glass jars; food or medical grade Preferred.  
  • Strong business acumen with excellent understanding of markets and how they operate and will impact on the business is required. 
  • Experience with supply chain optimization, project management, and continuous improvements initiatives is strongly preferred required. 
  • 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. 
  • Experience with MS Office applications includingWord, PowerPoint, Excel, and Project Management is required. 
  • SAP experience is preferred 
  • Ability and wiliness to travel approx. 25% is required 
 Note: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employees may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.       
ofi provides equality of opportunity for all persons with respect to hiring without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. All employment will be decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us for support at:[email protected]