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CoE Procurement Operations Manager - Vendor Management

Company Name: Kroger Manufacturing
Position Type: Employee
FLSA Status: Exempt



Position Summary

Lead, develop, and optimize the STP systems. Collaborate with IT to support the development and optimization of key procurement technology applications. Lead the catalog enablement efforts across all spend categories with the goal of increasing the use of catalog to drive buying channel compliance and efficiencies. Demonstrate the company's core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion, and safety.

Essential Job Functions

  • Procurement Technology Management
  • Develop relationships with key stakeholders, system owners to understand how they use the systems to conduct daily transactional activities
  • Strategize and lead optimization projects to improve the efficiency and value that procurement technology solutions/systems can provide to the organization and Kroger
  • Create standard procedures to optimize technology and resolve issues for procurement systems
  • Manage systems and projects to achieve sourcing goals in accordance with Kroger's policies and practices
  • Engage IT resources for enhancement or developmental requests
  • Maintain deep technical knowledge of the systems and impact on the overall IT landscape
  • Define and implement a roadmap to meet the organization's system and data management goals and objectives
  • Catalog Management
  • Develop a comprehensive approach to determine optimal catalog use through collaboration with the category management team, best practices, and analysis of spending patterns
  • Coordinate with the category management team to proactively define which categories to move towards catalog purchasing and execute plans designed to achieve business goals
  • Coordinate with category management team and 3rd party suppliers to create, update and maintain catalog
  • Drive compliance and efficiencies in the purchasing process via catalog
  • Coordinate with contract management team to analyze contract compliance and update terms
  • Talent Management
  • Supervise and coach direct reports in the performance of their duties: complete performance reviews and provide feedback to direct reports
  • Create an effective work environment by developing a common vision, communicating of clear objectives, fostering teamwork, recognizing performance, providing on the job coaching
  • Additional Support
  • Maintain knowledge of other initiatives in Kroger that may affect the CoE performance and operations
  • Must be able to perform the essential job functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Minimum Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Management, Information Management, Technology, Retail, CPG, or similar
  • 3+ years of leadership/management experience with large complex organizations
  • 3+ years of experience with eSourcing, catalog implementation and management
  • Proven experience with procurement technology, STP platforms, transactional activities and catalog enablement
  • Understand software license agreements, implementation contracts and maintenance and service agreements (MSA's) and Service Level Agreements (SLA's)
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Vizio)
  • Ability to synthesize analysis into compelling oral and written communications and presentations
  • Desired Previous Experience/Education

  • Master's Degree
  • 1 year of experience in a data organization, clearly exposed and performing tasks within different data governance aspects

    Education Level: Bachelor's Required
    Required Travel: Up to 25%
    Required Certifications/Licenses: None
    Position Type: Full-Time

    Regions: General Office- Cincinnati


    Jobs at Kroger Manufacturing: Through quality products, strong individual commitments and team spirit, Kroger has been established as a leader in the manufacturing industry. Kroger Manufacturing provides career development programs aligned with aspirations in Engineering, Process Management, Information Systems, Quality Assurance, Operations Management, Human Resources, Finance and Procurement. Our work force programs provide technically challenging rotations with cross-functional teams, plants and locations to allow our Associates to learn from some of the brightest minds in the business. Experience and training combined with mentoring and guidance from plant sponsors prepare our Associates with the skills and leadership behaviors needed to achieve a successful career at Kroger.


    Company Overview: Kroger Family of Companies employs nearly half a million associates who serve over 11 million customers daily through a seamless shopping experience under a variety of banner names.  At The Kroger Co., we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®.  We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025.  Careers with The Kroger Co. and our family of companies offer competitive wages, flexible schedules, benefits and room for advancement.

     Posting Notes:  OH || Cincinnati || 1014 Vine Street || 45202 || Kroger Manufacturing || None || Enterprise Sourcing || Employee || Exempt || Full-Time || None 

    Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

    Job Segment: Manager, Engineer, Developer, Information Systems, Business Manager, Management, Engineering, Technology

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