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Strategic Sourcing Category Management Manager - Facilities Supplies

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

Position Summary:

Utilize category specific expertise to work with business stakeholders to determine category strategy, optimize supplier base, conduct sourcing events, negotiate and support contract execution. Achieve savings targets and reducing spend while working with business stakeholders to meet business needs. Demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion, and safety.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Category Management
  • Support the senior manager in defining and reviewing procurement strategy and project pipeline
  • Perform periodic financial reviews to assess category financial performance with the senior manager
  • Identify potential suppliers to extend payment terms, improve cash conversion cycle, and enhance gross margin
  • Implement supplier finance and discount programs with a focus on cash flow, interest payable, and working capital
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Coordinate sourcing activities and manage analysts to achieve category goals
  • Coordinate sourcing strategy review and ensure that strategy documents are updated
  • Support the creation, execution, and communication of category management strategy for pertinent category
  • Drive internal compliance with policies, procedures, strategies, and guidelines on an ongoing basis
  • Contract Management
  • Negotiate and execute highly complex and visible contracts with suppliers
  • Coordinate identified improvement opportunities, risk/mitigation strategies and develop action plans
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Lead execution of SRM activities to create value, drive continuous improvement, and realize savings
  • Lead business relationships with suppliers, foster long-term involvement and creating value
  • Oversee supplier qualification with support of the business and develop a transition plan and execution of supply agreement
  • Procurement Process
  • Develop, deepen and maintain trusted and collaborative relationships with business partners to ensure the organization is seen as a valued partner and is involved in business decisions
  • Oversee procurement process metrics, insights and proposed actions to define implementation plan
  • Maintain knowledge of other initiatives in Kroger that may affect the category performance
  • 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
  • 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
  • 5 years’ experience within the pertinent category
  • Ability to build impactful relationship with internal clients, key influencers to effectively execute the work
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Vizio)
  • Oral and written communication skills to formulate strategies in a complex business environment

Desired Previous Job Experience/Education:

  • MBA or Master’s degree
  • CPM/CPSM, CSCP or equivalent certification
  • 5 years’ experience in Supply Chain or Procurement
  • 3 years of leading a sourcing team

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

Regions: General Office- Cincinnati

States: Ohio


Jobs at Kroger Logistics:  To support and reward our hardworking and friendly associates, we offer much more than just a paycheck. We strive to feed your future by offering the ingredients you need to create your own recipe for success at work and in life. Our associates receive a full plate of benefits that promote their physical, emotional and financial well-being, including access to competitive health care and retirement benefits, paid time off, mental health resources, associate discounts and opportunities to learn, grow and advance. Our associates also get to help us make a difference in our communities through our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste and Framework for Action: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plans. Visit the to learn more about our work in the communities we serve and how our associates help us be a good neighbor.

Below is a list of some of the benefits we offer our associates.

Health & Well-being Benefits:

  • Health care benefits
  • Paid time off such as vacation, sick leave, and parental leave
  • Mental and emotional support resources through our Employee Assistance Program

Financial Benefits:

  • Participation in a 401(k) plan, subject to certain eligibility requirements
  • Group term life insurance eligible
  • Eligible for an annual bonus based upon company performance
  • Associate discounts

Growth and Development Benefits:

  • Tuition assistance, college scholarships and educational leave of absence, depending on varying criteria by location and subject to certain eligibility requirements
  • Robust internal training and development resources to grow your career

We want the best for associates and our customers, and together, we strive to create a welcoming and engaging environment where you’ll love to work. If you are interested in becoming a valued member of our team, apply now. We look forward to getting to know you!

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

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