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Strategic Sourcing Manager (Remote)

Company: UNFI
Location: Eden Prairie
Posted on: January 22, 2023

Job Description:


The Manager, Strategic Sourcing is responsible for the management of strategic procurement initiatives across UNFI and its subsidiaries with leading edge suppliers. This role will employ sound risk management strategies, deliver competitive total cost and drive continuous improvement of material quality and operational efficiency. The portfolio of indirect sourcing categories may include consulting services, marketing services, IT and telecommunication equipment, systems, and services, financial systems and services, human resource systems and services, office supplies, equipment, and services, and other indirect categories of goods and services. The Manager of Indirect Procurement will manage a team to manage the sourcing strategy for each category as appropriate. This will include: the establishment of long-term agreements where feasible to reduce transactional work and obtain optimal quality, service, price, and other terms; partner with regional programs and offices to drive procurement through the supply chain team; and eliminate unmanaged spend. The development of key internal and external customer relationships is an integral function of this position.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the establishment of the collective Indirect Category savings target annually.
  • Execute category management strategies and sourcing projects to continuously drive savings & value to meet the annual target.
  • Build credibility rapidly, and effectively work with functional and business groups as a trusted advisor to determine desired product/service specifications (with rationalization if applicable) and projected demand when making recommended sourcing action plans.
  • Lead the Sourcing Coordinators to analyze trends and market conditions, monitor internal spending patterns, develop sourcing strategies for spend that supports business goals, and execute the Strategic Sourcing process to obtain optimal, consistent business results.
  • Manage and develop vendors to drive value and innovation for the Company where applicable.
  • Exercise strong business partnering skills to build and sustain key stakeholder relationship and bring Strategic Sourcing upstream to business planning and spend decision cycles.
  • Establish team capacity tracking and work allocation mechanism to support ad-hoc sourcing projects.
  • Lead sourcing initiatives for the portfolio of indirect categories.
  • Lead and manage the RFX, RFP process.
  • Establish and maintain supplier relationships and facilitate periodic business reviews to continually identify process improvements and cost reduction opportunities.
  • Prepare analyses of spend data, category supplier bases, and cost models.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
    Job Requirements:

    Education/ Certifications: (Required & Preferred)
    • Bachelor's degree in Business or a related field is required
    • An advanced degree in Business, Supply Chain Management is preferred
      • 5+ years of category management or purchasing experience (indirect sourcing a plus) and direct people management
      • Experience with e-sourcing/procurement related technologies.
      • Deep experience in strategic supplier negotiations
        • System Implementation Preferred
          • Demonstrated analytical ability to analyze complex data sets to include spend analytics and pricing proposals to formulate strategic plans
          • Significant expertise in contract negotiation and supplier relationship management
          • Ability to provide fact-based strategy and sourcing recommendations
          • Proven ability to partner across organizational departments toward decision consensus and acceptance.
          • Experienced user of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and ERPs
            Skills/ Abilities:
            • Ability to establish supplier specifications in conjunction with subject experts, measure and drive conformance to specifications, and manage internal and supplier relationships to achieve desired results
            • Excellent problem solving, communication, and influencing skills within a matrix environment
            • Ability to interface with senior leadership and navigate through organizational boundaries and proactively manage change within an organization
            • Strong consultative communications and cross-functional collaboration skills; builds relationships easily, both internally and externally
            • Team player and ability to influence without authority a must
            • Proven ability to set expectations, manage to deadlines and hold individuals and teams accountable to critical deliverables
            • Proven track record of leading teams to accomplish successful, measurable business outcome
            • Strong oral and written communication skills, including presentation skills (MS PowerPoint)
            • Proven ability to staff, develop and lead a team; strong developer of talent
            • Decision making to identify and understand situations; identify opportunities to proactively resolve

              All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. UNFI is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive and respectful environment for all. - M/F/Veteran/Disability. VEVRAA Federal Contractor


              Additional Information
              • Additional Locations: United States of America
              • Schedule: Full-time
                • Pay Range: $80,000 - 149,500 Annually ($38.46 - 71.88 Hourly)
                • Other Compensation: Bonus Eligible

Keywords: UNFI, Eden Prairie , Strategic Sourcing Manager (Remote), Executive , Eden Prairie, Minnesota

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