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Director Procurement - Packaging

Company: SunOpta
Location: Eden Prairie
Posted on: August 2, 2022

Job Description:

SunOpta Overview:SunOpta Inc. is a leader in the plant-based foods and beverages, fruit-based foods and beverages, and organic ingredient sourcing industries. SunOpta is focused on sustainability and specializes in the sourcing, processing, and packaging of organic, conventional, non-GMO food products.SunOpta is looking for talented individuals that demonstrate our most valued behaviors: Passion, Dedication, Speed, Entrepreneurship, Customer-Centricity, and Problem-Solver, to help create a brighter, healthier, and sustainable future of food! Job Summary:This Director of Procurement position is responsible for optimizing SunOpta's strategic and operational procurement for packaging material across the network as well as supporting and leading network wide operational and strategic initiatives. He/she will be an integral part of the SunOpta procurement leadership team and work closely with this team to define overall procurement strategies and activities for people, process, and technologies.Essential Functions of the Job:Leverage The Platform and Perform Leading Edge Strategic Sourcing Develop plans and priorities for procurement sourcing initiatives together with VP Ops and SVP Procurement and other stakeholders. Ensure suppliers are meeting operational and strategic procurement goals.Participate in developing and rolling out corporate strategic and operational initiatives including facilitating cross functional teams to pursue supplier consolidation and cost savings.Actively participate in procurement leadership team setting goals and objectives for the procurement function.Work with VP Ops, Plant Managers, and functional stakeholders to identify and implement improvement opportunities.Develop weekly and monthly KPI dashboards for assigned sites, spend categories and suppliers. Facilitate the implementation of corporate contracts, collect supplier performance feedback and lead corrective / improvement action plans.Manage & Develop the Procurement Team Participate in hiring, coaching, and mentoring procurement team members to grow the skills and behaviors required for success in their roles. Provide direction and support, addressing operational and supplier challenges in a positive and constructive manner. Strengthen the Organization Create development plans for buyers and senior buyers together with Sr Director of Procurement, VP Ops and Plant Managers; (e.g., Material Managers, Plant Procurement Teams). Identify process requirements and tools as inputs to the creation of standardized best practices across the organization in the area of procurement strategic and operational execution.Take a lead role in implementing new processes and ensuring compliance across the team.Address reasons for non-compliance by escalating and enlisting support as needed.Provide change management leadership to the team and for partner functions.Identify risks and assist in the development and implementation of solutions in the areas of people, process, and technology as the organization continues to evolve and grow.Supervisory Responsibilities: Supervisory Responsibilities may include (Dotted-Line Reporting): Plant BuyersSenior BuyersManagersAnalystsMinimum Qualifications:Bachelor's Degree in Business, Procurement, Supply Chain or Related Field. Minimum of 10 years' experience in procurement with increasing responsibilities. Strong background in packaging material sourcing in a CPG environment including, but not limited to: corrugated material, flexible packaging, folding cartons, etc. Candidate must have strong experience working in a multi-plant environment and interaction with multiple stakeholders from various levels / functions.Candidate needs an expertise around packaging and contract manufacturing development.Preferred Qualifications: MBA. Food or beverage experience or experience in a regulated environment. Ingredients and packaging material sourcing in a CPG environment.Experience across a wide variety of (technical) ingredients, materials, flavors, and commodities.International procurement experience.Experience leading change initiatives and address resistance and concerns of impacted functions.Knowledge and Skills:Functional and technical knowledge of strategic and operational procurement.Strong negotiating skills.Experience in spend/cost analysis, supplier analysis, process analysis and opportunity identification.Strong communication and collaboration skills.Additional Considerations:Travel Expectations: Up to 25%.Location: This position will be based out of our Corporate Office in Eden Prairie, MN. Work Environment: Approximately 90% of this work is performed in an office environment; 10% off-site including plants, meetings, and training. Relocation or international remote working arrangements (outside of the US) will not be considered. Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time, with or without notice.AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYEREOE M/W/VET/DISABLED Other details Job Family Operations Job Function Director Pay Type Salary Travel Required Yes Travel % 25 Required Education Bachelor's Degree Apply Now

Keywords: SunOpta, Eden Prairie , Director Procurement - Packaging, Executive , Eden Prairie, Minnesota

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