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Enterprise Sourcing Category Manager - Rigid Packaging

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



Position Summary:

Develop and execute strategies for $1B spend in one or more assigned highly complex, high spend/high impact, high visibility sourcing projects or ongoing management of spend category families. Oversee sourcing events in complex categories. Support development of cross-functional teams and manage on-going vendor relationships. Drive reporting and tracking for assigned spend categories. Accountable for driving profit enhancement and enabling differentiated product development. Demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Develop a business relationship with functional stakeholders and solicit feedback on sourcing/vendor performance, share/discuss supply base opportunities and identify new/changing needs
  • Set standards for conducting internal/external research on supply market and competitive activities within assigned spend categories/projects to ensure the highest levels of insight is generated
  • Execute category sourcing strategies including development and execution of Requests for Information and Requests for Proposals
  • Document bid events through correspondence to suppliers, develop selection criteria and drive the selection of suppliers in collaboration with a cross-functional team
  • Use procurement tools and systems to create operational efficiency and visibility across the enterprise; identify and pursue ad hoc opportunities to reduce product/service costs
  • Directly manage complex negotiations with suppliers that require a detailed strategic plan and have a direct correlation with the Retail Divisions operational needs and goals
  • Work with the Legal department to establish contracts and perform critical tactical activities
  • Act as liaison with business stakeholders
  • Analyze product costs, understand underlying cost drivers and implement cost reduction initiatives to maximize savings
  • Perform functions such as outsourcing, vendor selection and launch
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation

Minimum Position Qualifications/Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering/related field plus 5 years of procurement experience in relevant spend categories/industry sectors
  • 2 years of experience managing negotiations for spend categories >$100m million dollars and managing teams and/or leading cross-functional project teams
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills
  • Detailed knowledge of the strategic sourcing/procurement lifecycle and procurement best practices
  • Proven ability to deliver across the end-to-end procurement value chain
  • Intermediate Microsoft Office skills
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Ability to anticipate and solve problems, prioritize workloads and shift resources
  • 4 years of supply chain experience, responsibility for spend >$1B (pay level - 9)

Desired Previous Job Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Business Administration
  • CPM/CPSM certified
  • Experience working with Profit & Loss (P&L) concepts
  • Experience with toll processing, rebill programs or directed buy for suppliers


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 customers in 2,782 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states.  Our Family of Companies also operates 2,268 pharmacies, 274 fine jewelry stores, 1,489 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States.  Kroger is dedicated to our Purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™ by serving America through food inspiration and uplift and 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 || Procurement || Employee || Exempt || Full-Time || None 

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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