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Strategic Sourcing Specialist (Packaging Buyer)

Company: Lactalis
Location: Buffalo
Posted on: August 5, 2022

Job Description:

From your PASSION to oursThis role is responsible for initiating and executing the contracts and supply agreements for Packaging materials to meet the overall requirements and expectations across North America. The role will be responsible for providing local purchasing support to ensure the plant locations are able to identify, develop and maximize relationships with Suppliers and the Value Chain. The role will provide packaging support for new launches, Line extensions and Process optimization. The achievement of the budget objectives, cost saving programs, and integration activities planned without compromising quality, service or delivery or plant flexibility is paramount. From your EXPERTISE to ours:Key responsibilities for this position include:

  • Act as a Purchasing Customer Service agent for internal customers; operations/marketing/sales to support them in pricing, design, timeline creation, business cases, etc.
  • Responsible for the research and compiling of all purchasing information including price history, quality, and service etc. used to evaluate new and existing Suppliers
  • Support the bid process by consulting with users to determine the expectations; preparing bid documents; performing bid analysis, teaming up and/or leading the negotiation and preparing the recommendations regarding vendor contracts and presenting the recommendations
  • Responsible for obtaining from the supplier pertinent regulatory materials e.g., Letters of Guarantee, FDA info, Specifications, Quality requirements etc.
  • Responsible for the preparation of RFX proposals, negotiating pricing contracts, analyzing, and summarizing all responses for the preparation of the supply agreement/contract
  • Work closely with the Project Managers and the Packaging R&D team to either lead or support Cost Savings and Value initiatives.
  • Manage overall supplier relationship activities for the North American Categories owned to mitigate risk, improve quality, performance and add value
  • Serve as the Purchasing lead to support cross-functional teams for effective project execution on new launches, Line extensions, Process optimization, and Budget Assumptions.
  • Complete monthly validation on pricing fluctuations identified through Purchase Price Variance PPV reports
  • Review and approve Vendor pricelists and pricing grids for upload to Prism/SAP
  • Participate as an active member of the Strategic Sourcing team, sharing purchasing strategies, supporting teamwork, savings initiatives, joint learning, and development initiative
  • Identify opportunities for sustainability with respect to product packaging, packaging procurement, and/or supply chain : Specification change for material reduction and/or utilization of raw material from renewable resources - Increase compatibility for reuse or recycling in waste streams - Carbon footprint reduction -Supply chain optimization

    From your STORY to oursQualified applicants will contribute the following: Education/Experience
    • Bachelor's Degree from four-year college or university in business or a business-related field
    • 5+ years of related experience in purchasing/strategic sourcing. Consumer Packaged Goods/Food Manufacturing experience strongly preferred.Specialized Knowledge
      • Industrial and/or Supply Chain Purchasing experience helpful
      • Experience with fiber, flexible, and/or rigid packaging experience is an assetSkills / Abilities
        • Strong Project Management experience
        • Experience working cross functionally with a variety of stakeholders across multiple locations.
        • Rigorous data driven/analytical capability and ability to present data to a leadership level
        • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines within specified time constraints
        • Ability to operate in a team environment with the ability to motivate others
        • Up to 25% travel requiredPI186964140

Keywords: Lactalis, Buffalo , Strategic Sourcing Specialist (Packaging Buyer), Other , Buffalo, New York

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