Director of Procurement in Green Bay Willowbrook WI

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Director of Procurement
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Green Bay Willowbrook WI
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Job Types:
Director/VP Purchasing
Employee Type:

Full time


WI Green Bay Willowbrook

Job Type:

Supply Chain Procurement

Job Posting Title:

Director of Procurement

Job Description:

The Director of Procurement will report directly to the VP Supply Chain Management and is responsible for the management of all large spend categories.
  • Implement the supply chain and service level strategy developed by the VP Supply Chain Management, so that the strategy meets company performance objectives, drives cost savings and fulfills customer expectations.
  • Assure strategic sourcing opportunities are prioritized and executed via the standard strategic sourcing process.
  • Maximize cost savings by establishing savings targets in each spend category and implementing commodity and service sourcing plans to achieve those targets.
  • Develop performance metrics that track savings, material availability, working capital optimization, contract adherence and overall supply chain improvement.
  • Continually monitor, analyze and assess pricing and delivery trends on commodities that impact Company spend and maintain continuous communication with VP Supply Chain Management, finance and manufacturing.
  • Communicate and negotiate with suppliers' senior management for long term partnership agreements.
  • Ensure that all contracts and associated suppliers are compliant to corporate policy.
  • Ensure completion of accurate spend analyses and identify and execute long term, sustainable strategies that create long term savings.
  • Stay abreast of the latest contracting processes and technologies that have implications for strategic sourcing.
  • Ensure material specifications are generated for approved materials and that they are communicated and agreed to by approved vendors to confirm material quality.
  • Develop supplier evaluation metrics and document and measure suppliers' performance against these metrics.
  • Publish material spend reports and monitor against budgeted and planned levels.
  • Develop strong supplier relationships that will foster continuous improvements in communication, processes and quality.
  • Resolve vendor disputes and accounts for all purchasing activity.
  • Assist in developing Supply Chain department budgets.

Skills - Technical:
  • 10+ years of professional purchasing experience is required
  • Experience in purchasing corn sweeteners, starches, dairy and flour (commodities and ingredients) is required.
  • 10+ years of experience collecting, analyzing and interpreting complex market, logistics, and financial information.
  • Experience analyzing contracts and financial data and developing total cost of ownership models (TCO).
  • Experience in negotiating simple and complex agreements with a detailed understanding of operations, finance, and the evaluation of terms, pricing minimum order requirements, and service level standards.
  • Ability to manage large complex projects, including managing to a project timeline, acquiring and allocating resources, ensuring quality deliverables, effective communication and project risk management.
  • Subject matter expertise in strategic sourcing methodologies and working knowledge of property procurement function (capital goods, hard assets, machinery etc.).
  • Strong ability to implement supply chain strategies and programs involving supplier partnership and alliance concepts, material planning, sourcing, supply quality, logistics, distribution.
  • MRP systems knowledge is required.
  • Knowledge in computerized ERP system is required.
  • Working knowledge of JD Edwards ERP system is preferred.
  • Strong organizational and managerial skills are required.

Skills - Communication:
  • Strong negotiation skills are required.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, and proven people and organizational skills are required.
  • Must have exceptional listening skills.

Skills - People:
  • Previous management experience with small teams is critical.
  • Able to establish performance metrics, and motivate and hold people accountable for results.
  • Highly effective at leading and managing complex and difficult negotiations resulting in a win/win conclusion.
  • Must have strong analytical skills and be able to mentor others in the use of quantitative tools and techniques.
  • Change management must be a core competency, which means operating as a value-added business partner across functional lines to drive change.
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented environment in a mid-sized organization.
  • Effective interpersonal skills.
  • Advocate of team concept.

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