Buyer- Indirects – Marketing (Customer), jobs in USA for foreigners
All posting locations: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Job Function: 02 – Procurement
Date Published: 15-Jan-2024
Ref #: R-78362
Description & Requirements
As a Procurement Buyer for Marketing, you will act as a category specialist responsible for leading all strategic planning and sourcing activities for related indirect subcategories (e.g., POSM, sponsorships, corporate events, and swag merchandise) with a total spend of $57 million annually across Kraft Heinz. You will use your experience and knowledge to build comprehensive strategies at the category level and implement the strategy through the sourcing process. You will also drive program compliance through supplier and contract management and balanced strategies that will actively seek to reduce and control service costs while growing the business’s efficiencies. You will work closely with several cross-functional areas.
Essential Functions & Responsibilities
Manage mid-level clients and supplier relationships on an ongoing basis to ensure customer satisfaction, including conducting Supplier Business Reviews.
Act as an escalation point for performance and risk Issues, including supporting supplier issues and work with partners to identify and drive resolution.
Support sourcing and category management for North American Zone marketing categories and deliver on performance goals for categories representing a significant amount of spend. Includes supporting strategic sourcing projects for supplier selection/optimization to complete the category management vision and strategies.
Lead discussions with critical suppliers around long-term objectives and strategies, ongoing market trends, innovation and technology advances, and potential investment decisions.
Develop multi-year category vision and strategy based on the data, insights, and business requirements.
Build strong business relationships to increase influence over total category spend.
Identify and evaluate potential value generating projects based on complexity, resources, risk, time to implement, and estimated financial impact.
Manage prioritized portfolio of projects for the category in the near and long term.
In partnership with senior category managers, implement highly sophisticated contracts in accordance with policies and processes and demonstrate the ability to apply competency across categories.
Maintain a strong understanding of category dynamics (current market, pricing, cost drivers, industry, and supplier variables) through trade groups, publications, etc. and communicates changes to business stakeholders.
Expected Experience & Required Skills
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Possess 1+ year of experience in Procurement, preferably in Indirect Procurement with relevant category expertise.
Have strong written, verbal, and listening skills.
Able to effectively negotiate and influence business decisions and change.
Have strong analytical, planning, and execution skills.
Can be forceful and direct as well as diplomatic.
Able to multitask and juggle projects at varying levels of complexity.
Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
Familiarity with eProcurement Source-to-Pay tools desirable (e.g., Ariba, SAP, and Workday a plus)
Work Environment & Schedule
This position is considered a normal office environment with moderate travel to customer locations, stores, manufacturing facilities, etc.; offices are open workspaces. To create a more agile and modern workplace, we allow Chicago/Aon Center based employees to work virtually for up to two days each week and expect them to work in-person during the defined core days at their assigned work location at least three days per workweek.
Kraft Heinz is a global food company with a delicious heritage. With iconic and emerging food and beverage brands around the world, we deliver the best taste, fun and quality to every meal table we touch. We’re on a mission to disrupt not only our own business, but the global food industry. A consumer obsession and unexpected partnerships fuel our progress as we drive innovation across every part of our company.
Around the world, our people are connected by a culture of ownership, agility and endless curiosity. We also believe in being good humans, who are working to improve our company, communities, and planet. We’re proud of where we’ve been – and even more thrilled about where we’re headed – as we nourish the world and lead the future of food.
We grow our people to grow our business. We champion great people who bring ambition, curiosity, and high performance to the table as the guardians of our beloved and nostalgic brands. Good isn’t good enough. We choose greatness every day by challenging the ordinary and making bold decisions. All while celebrating our wins – and our failures – as we work together to lead the future of food.
Challenging the status quo takes talent. We invest in your purpose and potential by developing skills and nurturing strengths that leave a legacy on our business and a lasting impact on your career. Because great people make great companies, and we’re growing something great here at Kraft Heinz.
Office Collaboration & Hybrid Work Environment
We believe our office environment fuels our collaboration, connection & community as an organization and allows our employees to grow toward greatness. We also believe providing a more flexible and agile model is essential in today’s workplace. A majority of our office-based employees will be able to work remotely for up to two days each week. Additionally, employees who are subject to this hybrid model will be eligible to work from anywhere for up to six weeks in a rolling 12-month period (in maximum two-week increments and according to benefits and tax guidelines). Some jobs may be required to be performed fully in office depending on the role’s responsibilities and requirements.
Kraft Heinz is an Equal Opportunity Employer that prohibits discrimination or harassment of any type. All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Applicants who require an accommodation to participate in the job application or hiring process should contact NATAI@kraftheinz.com.
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