Manager Purchasing/Buyer Strategic-Corp Services

Cleveland, OH, United States
Feb 17, 2017
Mar 22, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

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When you partner Nestlé USA and Northeast Ohio, the result is a rich experience that offers you a fulfilling personal and professional life.

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At our Nestlé USA Cleveland campus, located in the Solon suburb of Cleveland, you will discover the ways that Nestlé USA values and supports our employees and community.  Offering you a strong culture with competitive benefits, you will have limitless opportunities to learn, and advance your career.  Giving back continues to be a part of the Nestlé tradition.  As the world's leading nutrition, health and wellness company, our focus is not only about nourishing our customers, it's about enriching you.


Responsible for the development, implementation and continuous improvement of select Corporate Services category strategies and sourcing initiatives within S&IM (including HR Services) for all Operating Companies in the USA and Canada and the alignment with Global Procurement teams. Executes NA and/or engages with Global standardized strategic sourcing processes for assigned categories. Builds, develops and maintains strong working relationships with internal business partners, global Procurement teams, and key suppliers. Tracks and manages policy compliance and focuses on cost savings through vendor negotiations, improved asset utilization and category management.

• Develop and execute sourcing activities following the 7-Step Procurement Process, including activities from the development and implementation of the sourcing strategy to the management of agreements, vendors and stakeholders for a defined category or sub-category
o Ensure alignment between business strategy and sourcing strategy
o Build a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) / supplier ranking matrix / project plan
o Collect and analyze category and spend data; develop the internal and external category profile
o Assess supplier capabilities and recommend "short list" of suppliers for bid lists
o Work with customers (OpCo's and/or Global Procurement) to gather and assess requirements and to develop negotiating and rationalization strategies, and sharing of best practices
o Develop and drive fact-based negotiation strategies with vendors
o Conduct qualitative and quantitative vendor analysis
o Develop and manage Requests for Information (RFI) with potential vendors
o Develop and manage Request for Proposals (RFP) and Requests for Quotes (RFQ), assess results, document recommendations and communicate results to vendors and Stakeholders
• Manage vendor and stakeholder relationships, track performance and communicate vendor performance feedback
o Develop and maintain vendor agreements and relationships, with robust KPI and SLAs
o Monitor compliance with vendor agreements
o Work with Subject Matter Experts (SME's) and internal customers to ensure satisfaction
o Ensure compliance with Supplier Relationship Management program for qualified suppliers.
• Monitor and Continuously Support Category Strategy Summaries and Policy Compliance
o Ensure strategic plans are reviewed, carried out and updated, as needed
o Reconcile potential strategic sourcing outcomes and action plans with business partners prior to executing the sourcing initiative, to eliminate executional barriers
o Implement effective communication plan with stakeholders
o Drive policy compliance and ensure OMP alignment

Bachelors Degree
Travel = 20%

7 years Procurement experience, including global engagement
Demonstrated experience and/or knowledge of S&IM service providers and category management experience;
HR Services / Corporate Services experience
Demonstrated strategic buying capability and vendor performance management. Candidate must be a demonstrated quick study, proven ability to adapt to change, ability to work across boundaries and borders, strong decision making. Excellent communicator. Demonstrated skills in collaboration and impacting/convincing others. Effective skills in financial, market and vendor analysis. Proven ability to define and create total cost of ownership models. CPM certification a plus. Strong/demonstrated knowledge and experience of procurement processes, reporting, and relationship management is desired.

Financial analysis
Total Cost of Ownership
Team leadership capability
Solid communications skills
Procurement Processes, including 7-Step Strategic Sourcing
Category Management
Supplier Relationship Management

Critical Competencies and Functional Knowledge:
• Service Orientation
• Results Focused
• Innovation/Renovation
• Purchasing Industry Knowledge
• Negotiation Skills
• Initiative