Nestle Specialist Procurement Category (Raw Materials-Ingredients & Energy) in Solon, Ohio

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Responsible for managing and executing purchasing activities within the assigned local category team. Responsible for sourcing, supplier management and Business Partner engagement with research, analysis and communication. Develop the ability to understand and actively apply and implement key actions within Nestl s 7-Step Strategic Sourcing Process in the North American market.


Nestl 7 Step Strategic Sourcing Process Implementation (Self and Team)

  • Consolidation and rationalization of market spend to highest practical category level across Nestl North America Business Units.

  • Engages with the collection and review all current local and regional contracts and price agreements.

  • Distribute supplier and business data and contact list requests to gather core/key business requirements/needs and follow-up with any queries.

  • Work with Category managers and Nestl Global Business Services to prepare and execute the Request for Proposal while ensuring the supplier's acknowledgement of the Nestl Supplier Code.

  • Supports the management of Frame and Child contracts in the Contract Life Management tool based on annual volumes by material/plant based on the coverage model.

  • Ensure supply by continued development of incumbent and new supply options on an on-going basis.

Financial support for Budget, Price Forecasting and other financial activities for Procurement Finance and Business Units.

  • Contributes to the yearly budget process, including Market Business Strategy (MBS) and First Look requests, according to the financial cycle established.

  • Assists with providing monthly price forecast to meaningful level of spend (may be spend category, sub category, spec or material as appropriate).

  • Work on various initiatives to provide additional value for Working Capital (Cash Flow).

Interface and Work with Functional Leadership Teams within the Nestl Organization Including Business Partner and Global Market organizations.

  • Support the management of supplier quality compliance at a category level.

  • Assists with the delivery of innovation, exclusivity and first market opportunities to functional areas.

  • Assist with the communication to the Business Partners of the Category Strategy to secure stakeholder approvals.

  • Deliver value through cost and process improvement initiatives to multiple Business Units in accordance to cascaded targets.

Ensure Supply, Responsible Sourcing and Supplier Relationship Management

  • Involved in the discovery and delivery of alternate sources of supplier ensuring business continuity and sustainability while minimizing business risk.

  • Partner with Category Managers to engage suppliers to conduct Responsible Sourcing audits based on established guidelines and objectives.

  • Supports the execution and management of the Supplier Relationship Management program to deliver additional value to the business units.

Other duties as assigned.


Bachelor s Degree in Supply Chain Management, Operations, Logistics/Transportation or other applicable discipline required


Previous purchasing experience preferred.

SAP experience highly preferred.

Ariba and I-Nexus experience preferred.

Required proficiency in Microsoft Suite products, including but not limited to, 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.

Ability to work independently to identify and research relevant market, industry, and supplier information.

Capable of navigating through ambiguous situations and managing external vendor relationships.

Ability to work collaboratively and support multiple sourcing initiatives.

Team player that is willing and able to provide support to RFI and RFP preparation, execution and analysis.

The Nestl Companies are equal employment and affirmative action employers and looking for diversity in qualified candidates for employment.

Category: Supply Chain, Nestle USA