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Sub-category Sourcing Lead - Chemicals

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Job Title: Sub-category Sourcing Lead - Chemicals
Location: Wayzata, MN, Mid-West United States, USA
Company: Cargill, Inc
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Food & Beverage Products and Processing
Career Type: Procurement/Purchasing
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
Salary: N/A
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Sub-category Sourcing Lead - ChemicalsWAY07208

Position Purpose & Summary

Cargill Strategic Sourcing and Procurement (CSSP) is a global organization that strives to strategically source and leverage Cargill's indirect spend; this indirect spend spans Plant Materials and Services (MRO, Capital, Plant Services, etc); Corporate Material and Services (travel, IT, HR, etc); Chemicals, Energy; Packaging; and Ingredients.  The CSSP team is responsible for managing over 9 billion in spend. 


Global Category Management is a critical capability for the CSSP organization.  Category teams are accountable for developing and implementing category strategies that leverage Cargill's position in the market and bring significant value into the organization, which helps fuel growth for the company.  Our category teams drive strong connectivity with suppliers and business stakeholders and are expected to have deep understanding of business strategies and the requirements needed to help accomplish those strategies.


The Global/Regional Sourcing Manager position is accountable for helping to create the master category strategy for Chemicals.  This global category represents more than $650 million of spend.   This position is accountable for identifying strategic category opportunities aligned to the organization's business objectives, developing an overall category management framework which will be leveraged by others to execute the category strategies with an aim to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of goods and services procured by CSSP.  This position is also responsible for ensuring the sustainability of the category strategy on a longer-term basis, developing and leveraging best practices across the sourcing lifecycle, key stakeholder alignment, successful implementation and supplier relationship management as it relates to Global and Regional Chemical Category.  This position will also help to implement category strategies as needed at a global and/or regional level.


As part of the core accountabilities this role requires a need to work across resources at a regional /global level.  The need at the region level is to implement the strategies that are defined on a global basis.  A key and critical component of this role is aligning Global and Regional Strategies, reflecting differences in BU models and Market and Supplier differences at the Country Level.


This position reports to Global Category Lead - Chemicals and is based in Wayzata, MN or Blair, NE.

Principal Accountabilities

40% Global and Regional Category Strategy Development:

  • Develop and maintain deep category expertise, cultivate strong partnerships with industry partners and internal stakeholders
  • Monitors overall category strategies development and implementation, leads changes to the strategy in line with the changing business environment
  • Continuously scans the category management and strategic sourcing environment, to keep abreast of global approaches and trends.
  • Synthesizes the above knowledge to develop ideas for category strategy improvement opportunities within the organization.
  • Engages with business stakeholders to clarify and prioritize the value that is required from the category.
  • Determines the business wide category-based opportunities that exist to reduce the TCO of chemicals by clarifying the organisation's business plans that will impact or be impacted by suppliers.
  • Tracks the business environment on an ongoing basis and assimilates changes in customer needs in order to identify special category related opportunities that might arise.
  • Ensures that the assessment of business requirements, spend and supply market analysis components of category strategies are correct
  • Provides support by intervening when necessary to obtain sponsorship and senior business management sign-off and buy-in for key category strategies.  This includes budget provision for the development of category strategies and associated implementation project plans
  • Establish category targets and provide leadership to global and regional teams to track progress against established targets
  • Uses benchmarking opportunities to shape thinking on improvement possibilities for the future
  • Work with the global and regional team to incorporate best practices, e.g., common sourcing processes, navigating government regulations, stakeholder engagement, contracting, etc.
  • Direct responsibility/accountability for managing key supplier relationships.
  • Resolve implementation issues as it relates to getting key stakeholders onboard
  • Leads major negotiations/workshops with suppliers. Ensure accurate reporting of key metrics and manage communication with key stakeholders
40%   Category Strategy Implementation:
  • Clearly articulates the category management vision and objectives, both internally and externally.
  • Ensure intimate understanding of business needs and alignment of key stakeholders around the category strategy.  Engage wi To apply please click on APPLY TO THIS POSITION
    Job Post Date: 05/03/19
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