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Strategic Sourcing Category Management Manager - Produce & Floral

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


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: Accounts Payable, Manager, Category Manager, Engineer, Information Systems, Finance, Management, Retail, Engineering, Technology

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