SCM Advisor, Corporate Function
Duration: 6 month(s)+
Location: Chicago IL
Reporting to Associate Director, Procurement, this position is responsible for hands-on management of a Procurement team, involving team leadership, collaboration with key business leadership and stakeholders, formulating value realization and customer satisfaction strategies, developing procurement programs and approaches for multiple categories in Corporate Function areas (including Sustainability, Legal, Finance, Accounting, and Insurance), with a focus on balancing superior service to internal business clients with maximized value for the company of items/services purchased.
This position will drive the Business Unit strategy and agenda across Corporate Indirect Procurement through effective communication and interaction within the company.
The selected individual will be responsible for overseeing a small team of focused procurement individuals chartered with developing and maturing Supplier relationships to insure targeted departmental and company objectives are met.
Duties of the position will include supporting management’s vision for the execution of Procurements multi-year plan; executing the procurement life cycle for categories personally accountable as well as oversight for direct reports’ categories of accountability; participation in frequent steering meetings to measure and discuss supplier performance relative to performance expectation; developing Continuous Improvement strategies for the responsible categories and directing resources relating to project management; executing strategies that will develop the supplier- relationship, while continuously fostering this model to support proactive technology and innovation ideas that will ensure the competitiveness of in the marketplace.
This position will also be responsible for measuring and reporting category savings on a quarterly basis.
This will include a savings analysis compared to established goals and objectives for the category.
This position will be responsible for monitoring commodity market activity and conditions to determine overall strategy to eliminate the cost impact to the Company.
This position will require market forecasting for budgets and analyzing budget versus actual costs.
Additional Job Details:
Key competency expectations: Procurement
Understands deeply and can utilize most procurement processes, tools, and systems
Executes & oversees lifecycle management process
Understands deeply category planning, development & execution
Requires limited guidance Negotiations
Applies negotiation techniques and tools in most situations
Executes & oversees negotiation process
Requires limited guidance Category Knowledge
Understands deeply and can utilize most category management processes and tools
Prior hands-on work with suppliers in the subject area
Develops sourcing plans and strategies
Requires limited guidance Financial Knowledge
Comprehends and draws insights from most financial data, statements, and models
Requires limited guidance Contractual
Executes complex contracts in accordance with policies and processes
Requires limited guidance Risk Management
Rigorously identifies, prioritizes, mitigates, and monitors risks Customer Relations
Works well with multiple customers Develops and applies a well-defined, thorough approach to customer relationship management independently
High level of Executive acumen Supplier Relations
Works well with multiple suppliers
Develops and executes against a robust supplier relationship strategy independently Project Management
Deep knowledge and experience with project management processes and tools
Ability to manage complex projects independently Financial Analysis
Assesses the viability, stability, and profitability of complex initiatives / projects
Requires limited guidance Communication
Writes effective business communications independently and adjusts style for intended audience
Effectively presents own work in both informal and formal settings Effectively balances candor and collaboration to achieve results Category Expertise
Possesses a general understanding of category dynamics and drivers with deep expertise in multiple areas Advanced Analytics
Assesses data accuracy, validity, and integrity
Understands or performs most advanced statistical analysis Process Excellence
Participates as a Six Sigma project team member
Reviews process improvements for projects Professional Development
Effectively manages and leads employees
Sought after by peers and junior employees for coaching; recognized as a people developer an emerging leader
Active and effective mentor
Education: Bachelor's degree; agriculture business, business administration, economics, law, or engineering preferred.
10+ years of experience in related field; strong technical and operational knowledge of manufacturing processes; familiarity with business and contract law as applied to supplier relationships required; Animal science/husbandry experience will enhance position effectiveness. Exposure to global sourcing is a plus.
Standard computer skills; experience in spreadsheet, database and statistical analysis are necessary.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills; formal presentations are required.
Strong negotiating skills; ability to multi-task, attention to detail, organized; exemplary customer service skills; judgment to handle confidential information and challenging business situations; ability to lead and influence others; effective and proven strategic planning, project management, problem solving, leadership and team building skills. Supervisory: Responsible for supervising a group of personnel who perform different tasks and activities.
Travel: 12 or fewer trips a year.
Thanks and Regards,
APN Software Services, Inc
39899 Balentine Drive, Suite 385, Newark, CA 94560
Phone: 510 870 1008 Fax 510-623-5055