Indirect Sourcing Manager at United Natural Foods Inc

Posted in Purchasing - Procurement 13 days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Eden Prairie, Minnesota





Job Description:

Job Overview: 

Sources and negotiates products and services “not for resale” for the enterprise with the goal of reducing costs and increasing total value to the business.  Assists business with “for resale” sourcing and negotiations, as requested by UNFI Merchandising.

Job Responsibilities and Accountabilities: 


  • Delivers consistent reductions in the cost of goods and services, while maximizing total value for assigned categories

  • Leads negotiation in assigned categories, manage negotiations with stakeholders and/or consultants

  • Evaluates and possesses a comprehensive understanding of product and service cost composition

  • Develops an annual sourcing calendar of initiatives for assigned categories, based on business plans, market conditions and terms of outstanding contracts

  • Determines and recommends, in collaboration with business owners, appropriate vendor selection and the best source of supply

  • Supports the business as an independent advocate for the most value-adding solution to a sourcing initiative

  • Analyzes and selects optimum channels of distribution for the delivery of goods and services to the end users

  • Develops long term, strategic vendor partnerships, to bring competitive advantages to the business

  • Articulates the business terms of new agreements to Legal and ensures that final contract language is consistent with the terms of those agreements

  • Communicates with and steers a cross-functional team of business owners, Finance, Legal, I/T and other stakeholders, through the End-to-End Strategic Procurement Process and coordinates their engagement

  • Proactively supports and enables the participation of diverse suppliers in corporate sourcing initiatives (Goal of 20% of sourced spend)

  • Identifies supply chain process improvement opportunities and reports to the business owner for evaluation and potential implementation

  • Identifies, qualifies and develops new suppliers, while continuously maintaining existing supplier base for the enterprise

  • Works in conjunction with Analytics to establish baseline spends, validate commodity market changes, design financial models and develop annual category savings forecasts

  • Manages vendor-induced price increase proposals, through an active methodology of analyzing vendor cost drivers and benchmarking against verifiable market indicators (cost avoidance)

  • Facilitates the tracking of savings and cost avoidance

  • Resolves complex issues and communicates solutions to upper management

  • Collaborates with business owners in strategic vendor management processes, including vendor scorecards, product quality and business reviews

  • Coordinates the product testing with QA, business owners and other relevant stakeholders, when necessary, for successful sourcing

  • Point of contact for vendor program related questions

  • Assists in the resolution of problems to ensure compliance with agreements, while preserving positive vendor relationships

  • Executes other duties as requested or required

Job Requirements:









Relevant Experience, Education, Certification, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:




  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Management, Marketing or related field is preferred

  • Previous experience with demand planning, procurement and use of dashboard metrics systems for results management and reporting

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Possess high degree of initiative, creative, innovative, proactive skills and abilities

  • Good interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective business relationships at all levels of the Company and in the business community

  • Good project management, leadership and supervisory skills

  • High level of analytical and financial skills

  • Possess the ability to create and make management presentations

  • Understanding of manufacturing cost structures

  • Experience in negotiating contracts

  • Computer proficiency and knowledge of Microsoft Office.

  • 1-3+ years sourcing related experience typically gained from positions in inventory planning, replenishment, category management, merchandising or similar positions

  • Under direct supervision gathers and validates COGS data, prepares negotiating strategy, participates in and executes negotiations, develops category close and executable documents, working toward level of independence within categories


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, 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.






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