Procurement Analyst- (Indirect Spend) in Chicago IL

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Aspire Bakeries
Procurement Analyst- (Indirect Spend)
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Chicago IL
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Job Types:
Buyer, Purchasing Supervisor/Manager

Aspire Bakeries is a North American baking company with a leadership position in specialty frozen baked goods. Formed from leading bakery companies, its innovative food portfolio includes breads, artisan breads, buns, cookies, donuts, muffins and pastries from beloved brands likeLa Brea Bakery,Otis Spunkmeyer, andOakrun Farm Bakery. With 15bakeries in North America, we are committed to driving innovation, predicting upcoming consumer trends and flavors, and exceeding our customers expectations. Aspire Bakeries champions the values of Integrity, Ownership, Customer Focus, Creativity and Care to help us deliver on People Safety, Food Safety, Quality and Collaboration.

Key Accountabilities

This position will be responsible for sourcing and procurement activities in Indirect Spend Categories. Support responsibilities include Strategic Sourcing, Contract Negotiations, Market Analysis and Contract Negotiations. Additionally, the candidate is expected to support bakery operations and manage supplier relationship and performance.

  • Collaborate with business stakeholders at all levels of the organization to achieve savings targets, improve supplier performance, minimize supply chain risk, and maximize supplier collaboration and innovation.
  • Identify key procurement and supply chain risks and opportunities and develop mitigation strategies.
  • Lead change management efforts to continuously increase spend under management and integrate sourcing into business decision making.
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with best-in-class suppliers.
  • Develop strong partnerships across the enterprise, aligning with and managing strategic initiatives and commitments.
  • Work with Procurement, Operations, Supply Chain, and Business Units Leadership Teams to develop creative approaches to analyzing, sourcing and managing categories of spend, compliance, and supplier innovation.
  • Identify roadblocks to effective procurement then develop and implement solutions.
  • Develop and align procurement processes and category/supplier strategies across bakeries, business units, etc. to ensure people, processes and tools are leveraged for optimal results.


  • Delivery of annual savings plan for spend & savings projections.
  • Apply Aspire Bakeries Strategic Sourcing methodology.
  • Negotiate supplier contracts.
  • Interface with Finance, Bakery Leadership, and other stakeholders in pursuit of savings targets.
  • Lead contracts and supplier implementations.
  • Drive adoption of Procurement Policies across the company.
  • Lead the development and implementation of sourcing strategies for indirect spend categories including MRO, Facilities Management, Capital Expenditures. Logistics, Warehousing, Travel, Sales & Marketing, etc.
  • Create and lead the development of bid packages and administer RFP / RFQ / RFI.
  • Support bakeries with supply challenges.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • 2+ years or more of relevant experience in Indirect Procurement.
  • Proficient financial acumen.
  • Demonstrated success using analytical skills, as well as written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Collaborative individual with the ability to work across multiple units, people, skills and personalities.
  • Adaptable, flexible, positive, open to learning, developing and welcoming of new ideas.
  • Accessible to internal and external clients.
  • Well organized, and able to work on multiple tasks.
  • Self-motivated and ambitious, ability to operate without supervision.
  • Experience leading supplier negotiations.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office, at an advanced level.
  • Bachelor's degree required.

Aspire Bakeries is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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