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Buyer - Indirect

Requisition ID 31005
Position Type (US)Full Time
Career Function Supply Chain 
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Posting Type DNI
 

Kerry is a global leader in taste & nutrition. Our manufacturing facilities produce and supply the world with over 15,000 different food, beverage, and pharmaceutical products throughout the world. With a commitment toward sustainability and reputation for innovation, a career with Kerry offers you the chance to change the way the world sees food and nutrition. A career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

About Kerry

A career with Kerry Taste & Nutrition offers you an opportunity to shape how people across the globe view food and beverage while providing you opportunities to explore and grow as your interests do. With our commitment to a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

About the role

This position will have accountability for $50MM/year + of spend. Reporting to the Logistics Procurement Director, the Buyer actively participates in the strategic sourcing  and spend analytics activities for the America’s Region, with the goal of achieving significant initial cost reductions, while maintaining/improving product quality and vendor service levels. This position leads execution of regional strategies and is accountable for implementation of cost optimization initiatives (PIPs).

Key responsibilities

 

  • Leads category sourcing activities for LTL, parcel and/or other modes of transportation for the region.
  • Supports category sourcing and analytics activities in the America’s Region for other aspects of logistics as needed.
  • Reviews requirements from internal and external customers to determine key supplier characteristics.
  • Analyzes market conditions to determine present and future pricing and supply, prepares market summary for finance and business units.
  • Monitors procurement reporting systems to meet company requirements.
  • Selects vendors, negotiates pricing and supports continuous improvement and corrective action initiatives.
  • Directly solves operational issues with vendors and manages supplier performance feedback.
  • Reviews and resolves vendor claims and contracts for conformance to company policy.
  • Recruits and maintains suppliers that provide high quality products and services at a better price while maintaining the highest code of ethics and conduct.
  • Negotiates complex requests for materials and services.
  • Works day-to-day with the other functions in the region on implementation of category sourcing initiatives.
  • Develops sourcing and implementation strategy consistent with Kerry quality, service and financial goals.
  • Maintains pricing in TMS, SAP and other information systems to support load tendering process and financial analysis.
  • Prepares and issues purchasing contracts.
  • Prepares and reviews contracts, bids, proposals, and vendor agreements for legal correctness, price, and acceptability of items to specifications.
  • Develops and utilizes a system to evaluate vendor quotations with the appropriate negotiation and purchasing techniques to ensure quality, price, delivery, and service.

Qualifications and skills

 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain, Data Science, Business, Engineering, or similar relevant degree. 
  • 3-4 years experience in a Procurement or Supply Chain Role, preferably with exposure to logistics or similar indirect procurement.
  • Must be able to travel up to 20% of the time.
  • Strong communication skills; successful candidate will work with Kerry co-workers in multiple functions and locations as well as outside vendors.
  • Problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Basic understanding of purchasing and supply chain management.
  • Ability to comply with existing/quickly adapt to new processes within the organization.
  • Able to work in a dual reporting matrix and in virtual teams.
  • Able to get buy-in and commitment from stakeholders.
  • Advanced analytics skills, with the ability to manage complex spreadsheets and similar data.

Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. EEO is the Law poster can be found here. Additional information can also be here .


Nearest Major Market: Madison

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