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Procurement Category Director

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Date: 25-Nov-2021

Location: Beloit, WI, US

Company: Kerry

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

Our preference is Beloit, WI; but, remorte is also an option.  The Beloit, WI location is home to our Corporate Headquarters for the North American Region. This location has approximately 700 employees in roles such as regulatory, RD&A, finance, procurement, supply chain and customer care.  It is easily commutable from the Rockford, Madison, and Milwaukee areas.  You'll enjoy your time inside and outside of the office as we offer a full cafeteria, fitness center, and beautiful walking paths around the campus.  This location is involved and committed to giving back to the community multiple times throughout the year through our Kerry Employee Engagement Program volunteering with various organizations.

What you'll Do

Reporting to the Vice President of North America, Procurement, the Purchasing Director will have accountability for $175m+ of packaging spend.  Key responsibilities are as follows:

Key responsibilities

  • Talent acquisition and development of the Packaging team.
  • Ensure category strategies are in place and aligned to optimal business requirements.
  • Manage commodity price risk with business stakeholders through business linkage governance.
  • Drive value delivery through TCO and innovation.
  • Manage quality, service TCO, innovation and sustainability through SRM.
  • Support the packaging team in all elements of Source to Pay.
  • Drive performance management across the packaging team.
  • Ensure compliance to group policies, processes and systems.
  • Deliver against the groups overall sustainability goals.

Qualifications and skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree:  Packaging Engineering preferred or Business related field, MBA preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years of purchasing experience with an impressive track record of accomplishments in a purchasing function.
  • Experience in leading and developing a team.
  • Strong analytical skills and performance management.
  • Ability to prioritize and be decisive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience in strategic supplier relationships and delivering value.
  • Excellent source to pay technical skills.
  • Strong cross-functional leadership capability.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


Nearest Major Market: Madison