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Sr Strategic Sourcing Category Management Manager - Packaging

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

 

The Strategic Sourcing Senior Packaging Manager is responsible for leading the Packaging Sourcing team across the enterprise, including more than 36 food manufacturing plants, 2,800 retail stores and over $1 billion spend.

Position Summary:

Build strong relationships with internal business stakeholders to jointly develop category strategies, proactively identifying opportunities and projects to deliver best value to Kroger and achieve savings targets. Partner with director to set vision, performance metrics, and strategy of categories and communicate to all stakeholders while ensuring team achieves the savings targets. Demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion, and safety.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Category Management
  • Build strong business relationships allowing sourcing to increase its influence over total category spend
  • Provide category and market expertise to create a strategic portfolio of initiatives to achieve savings targets
  • Support definition of category strategies and manage different stakeholders through execution of project lifecycle to address obstacles
  • Develop an effective framework to govern strategy, project pipeline and measure performance
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Drive continuous improvement to create efficiencies and enhance level of skills and capabilities of the team
  • Provide guidance to introduce new procurement processes and technologies to become more effective and compliant to internal policies
  • Contract Management
  • Provide expertise to support all activities related to contract lifecycle management (CLM)
  • Support escalation process as needed to resolve any compliance issues
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Manage supplier relationships at a national level and work with business to make sure all SRM activities are executed effectively
  • Lead supplier finance and discounting programs with a focus on improving work capital, cash flow, interest payable, and gross margins
  • Procurement Process
  • Maintain knowledge of other initiatives in the company that may affect category performance
  • Champion compliance to all sourcing policies with internal business stakeholders and internal teams
  • Talent Management
  • Supervise and coach direct reports in the performance of their duties: complete performance reviews and provide feedback to direct reports
  • Collaborate with HR on the planning, attraction, selection, retention, and development of the team to ensure availability of the required talent
  • 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, Finance, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Retail, CPG, or related disciplines
  • 10 years’ experience within the pertinent category
  • Deep procurement experience with proven ability to establish category management strategies, sourcing capabilities including business processes improvement and use of e-sourcing tools
  • Highly collaborative individual, who has proven ability to work cross functionally and build strategic/mutually beneficial relationships at all levels
  • Ability to change the thinking of others in sensitive situations, without damage to the relationship, both internally and externally
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Vizio)

Desired Previous Job Experience/Education:

  • MBA or Master’s degree
  • 7 Years of leadership/management experience in Supply Chain or Procurement
  • CPM/CPSM, CSCP or equivalent certification

 

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 || Enterprise Sourcing || Employee || Exempt || Full-Time || None 


Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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