This position is responsible for the development of setting strategic direction for Indirect categories within Royal Canin. This includes but is not limited to understanding key market/regional drivers, development of sourcing strategy, contract negotiations, obtaining contract approvals, forecasting, value engineering, managing supplier relationships and delivering improvements in areas such as cost, cash, quality, service and innovation to meet the overall business goals and objectives.
What we're looking for:
Bachelor's degree in business administration, Supply Chain or equivalent
5+ years' experience in Procurement with Capital buying & sourcing
Cost modeling/formula price modeling experience
Experience managing multiple suppliers with varying levels of spend
Strong analytical skills & market knowledge
Strong negotiation skills
Strong communication skills
Financial understanding related to budgeting and price variance
Stakeholder engagement and influence
Strong computer and analysis skills; able to handle multiple projects at one time
What you'll be doing:
This role is responsible for identifying and delivering value chain optimization opportunities and ensures that the team acts as the first line of escalation on issues between suppliers and the business, operating the supplier relationship management process with suppliers.
The job holder will aid with activity management of implementation of an indirect program across regions. They will assist in the implementation of new processes and procedures, governance and all activities related to change management. The capability to lead and interact with leadership to drive this change will be vital to the role. Manage $100-200M USD annual spend, lead or support management of 15-25 suppliers
Analyze supply and demand fundamentals to forecast and budget annual spend.
Understand price variances and implement opportunities for improvement.
Deliver to overall business plans by working with internal and external stakeholders to align on goals and strategies.
Develop market/regional strategies
Work to move all suppliers to improved payment terms
Represent Commercial in meetings with peers of various levels and contribute to projects, and process improvement activities.
Contribute toward sustainability goals
Ensures compliance with proper procedures, policies, systems and controls
Identifies and manages supplier collaboration initiatives (ie continuous improvement programs, clear KPI settings, Service level agreements, process optimization ...)
Ensure effective risk management of the supply base, through robust contracts and monitoring of financial and other KPIs. Implement corrective actions as appropriate.
Manage all related commercial, financial & ethical aspects of projects
Establish & maintain relationships with Global Engineering, Plant Leads, and Supply Chain Directors and their teams to ensure understanding of their needs and to facilitate the appropriate level of challenge
Coordinate and facilitate the communication process between all functions to ensure the efficient and effective flow of the information required to run the business.
Continually review new processes and Vendor base to ensure new supply opportunities exist.
Establish & maintain relationships with Finance directors, department directors (plant manager, marketing director, sales director, supply chain director and others), and their teams to ensure understanding of their needs and to facilitate the appropriate level of challenge.
Participate in external forums and associations Lead or support supplier performance reviews on a regular basis for in scope categories
Determines when regional strategies are not possible and if a local approach is necessary
Work in collaboration with other region's buying managers
Travel is 15 - 20% of the time
What to Expect from Mars:
The opportunity to learn, develop and take charge of your own career.
An industry competitive salary and benefits package.
To be respected and valued.
The Five Principles at the center of every decision
The opportunity to work cross functionally, add value and impact a better world for generations to come.