Nestle Procurement Specialist (Beverage-Coffee/Cocoa) in Arlington, Virginia
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Responsible for owning the procurement relationship with factories, global category teams, and business partners as the single point of contact within the market for specified ingredient and/or packaging categories or assigned area. Manage and/or escalate ensure supply challenges from supplier, factory, or other business channels. Analyze, identify, and communicate sourcing constraints, cost savings, supply risks, and mitigation strategies as they relate to the category or area.
Analyze, understand, and share market requirements and challenges for ingredient and/or packaging materials; including priorities and key value drivers for each category.
Drive business objectives, challenges, projects, requirements and expectations with business partners.
Identify and approve local market volume requirements to the global category and finance teams through applicable processes and systems (MACC, MVRG, etc).
Develop expertise for local market requirements and align with the global category team to enable strategic planning; including specifications, transportation needs, new material set-up, vendor onboarding, as well as any other market conditions.
esearch and analyze current quality/procure-to-pay issues and communicate market reality with global category and local business partner teams.
Own the procurement relationship with factories, and serve as first point of contact for suppliers and business partners for potential supply issues.
Resolve issues locally and escalate to global buyer as necessary.
Manage and implement supplier facing supply chain initiatives for assigned categories.
Facilitate quality probation process and manage supplier claims within market.
Lead implementation of global team s sourcing strategies at category level in market
Collaborate with business units to align and secure category sourcing strategy approvals across functional leadership.
Partner with business stakeholders to ensure approval of supplier selection and communicate award decision to those affected.
Identify necessary activities and resources needed to achieve implementation of chosen sourcing strategies
Drive implementation of cost savings projects; documenting them in the Nestle tracking tool (i-nexus) to enable the business priority of reduction in total delivered cost. Ensure alignment of project status between business partner team and finance teams.
Analyze data (e.g. financial, volume, P.O. activity, etc.) and glean insights in order to develop recommendation for Budget, Price Forecasting and other financial activities for Procurement Finance and Business Units
Collaborate with above-market category teams and advise on current local pricing requirements and any changes to budget volumes
Prepare commentary on evolution of category and share with business partners.
Other duties as assigned (i.e. supplier relationship management, contract management, engaging with global centers of scale (NGBS), etc).
Role requires high level of independent thinking. Works independently with minimal supervision. Reports to a Business Partner Manager, Leader or Head of Procurement.
Advise factory supply chain and management; lead through influence
Quality data and thoroughness of the analysis is required to ensure confidence in business decisions. Role will be providing approval for contracting materials and driving cost savings.
REQUIREMENTS AND MINIMUM EDUCATION LEVEL
Bachelor s Degree in Supply Chain Management, Operations, Logistics/Transportation or other applicable discipline required
Minimum 3-5 years sourcing, purchasing and/or material management, technical/manufacturing experience and/or or equivalent experience required. Internal Development Trainee candidates will also be considered, second or third rotation trainees preferred.
SAP, Ariba, and I-Nexus experience preferred.
Required proficiency in Microsoft Suite products, including but not limited to, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
Candidate must be detail oriented and a self-starter
Proven ability to analyze and present findings in a clear and cohesive manner
Capable of navigating through ambiguous situations and managing relationships
Strong communication skills need to liaise between the internal customers and the global procurement team
Ability to work collaboratively and support multiple sourcing initiatives
Ability to develop processes and/or to identify continuous improvements to help better coordinate activities
Maintain a high level of internal/external business acumen to mark trends and their impact on the business
Candidate will be tireless in follow-up on issues, will be thorough and diligent, perform root cause analysis and will appropriately escalate issues as necessary
The Nestl Companies are equal employment and affirmative action employers and looking for diversity in qualified candidates for employment.
Category: Procurement, Nestle USA