Director of Indirect Procurement

Chicago Permanent USD120,000 - USD195,000
  • High-visibility role
  • Global conglomerate within a stable and growing industry segment

About Our Client

Our client is a fortune 100 organization. They are one of the largest companies in the world and are experience some very positive growth. This Director of Indirect Strategic Sourcing is part of our procurement group. The candidate in this role will develop, lead, and execute the development and implementation of category strategies for indirect goods and services. This person will be responsible for creating and executing short-term and long-term strategies that align with the Company goals for reducing costs and meeting company financial expectations, while managing vendor relationships and new product innovation.

The Procurement team's global scope and influence has grown enormously with commercial involvement in almost every strategic initiative throughout the global business. They need the brightest and best Procurement talent to keep raising the bar.

Job Description

  • Plans, develops and implements business plans and budgets, including long-range objectives, performance goals and metrics for each category. Collaborates with Operations, Legal, Supply Chain and other customers as needed to champion cross-functional sourcing initiatives. Understands category specific (store and pharmacy operations) principles and value of analytics.
  • Provides continuous leadership, oversight of work quality and constructive feedback to direct reports.
  • Communicates Company, department and individual performance goals and levels of goal achievement.
  • Recruits, hires and trains a qualified and talented team of employees.
  • Supervises and approves the planning process with Category Managers in developing and recommending sourcing solutions, channels for distribution and execution of best practices for the assigned categories.
  • Applies complex analytics to enable optimized cost savings and ensure an adequate supply chain.
  • Creates collaborative business plans with strategic vendors and negotiates strategies and programs. Oversees that Category Managers develop and maintain positive vendor relationships. Approves Category Manager vendor contract negotiations, guaranteeing the attainment of the most advantageous pricing, terms, discounts, allowances, quality, delivery, service and dating (where applicable). Ensures all goods and services meet established standards. Addresses business unit complaints, requests, and questions and resolves within guidelines.
  • Assures proper analysis and application of internal and external industry specific research information, to determine Company direction in designated categories, reasons for pricing increases/decreases, and develops risk mitigation strategies.
  • Directly manages complex negotiations with suppliers that require a detailed strategic plan and have a direct correlation with Walgreens operational needs goals.
  • Manages the development of procedures to ensure goods and services are available to business units and maintain sufficient inventory levels and/or supply chain to support all events.
  • Drives to execute divisional benefits and/or cost savings goals and targets. Assures the appropriate use of Corporate capital.
  • Ensures positive vendor relationships are maintained; monitors supplier's performance and holds supplier accountable for the adherence to Walgreen policies, procedures and appropriate service levels.
  • Supports the talent development of inter-divisional team members and the overall development of cross-functional teams. Collaborates with analysts, associate category managers, and category managers.

MPI does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or based on an individual's status in any group or class protected by applicable federal, state or local law. MPI encourages applications from minorities, women, the disabled, protected veterans and all other qualified applicants.

The Successful Applicant

  • Bachelor's Degree required; a Masters is a plus. Professional Certification (CPM, CSPM) is strongly preferred.
  • Minimum 10 years strategic sourcing and category management experience including all phases of strategic sourcing and category strategies, supplier relationship management, project management etc.
  • 5+ years of management experience
  • Strong leadership skills including the ability to influence senior management through effective communication and presentation skills and persuasive positioning
  • Hands-on experience managing indirect categories.
  • Strong interpersonal and team building skills to manage relationships throughout the organization.
  • Ability to independently manage multiple projects from conception to completion in a fast-paced, global team environment
  • Excellent presentation skills both verbal and advanced powerpoint skill is required; Six Sigma and or LEAN certified is a plus

What's on Offer

Highly competitive compensation and benefits package, flexible work environment

Ross Hendry
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Job summary

Procurement & Supply Chain
Sub Sector
Procurement Management
FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods)
Contract Type
Consultant name
Ross Hendry
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