Category Manager - Procurement

Chicago, IL
Full Time

About fairlife, LLC

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fairlife, LLC is a Chicago-based dairy company that produces nourishing and great-tasting milk-based products made using a patented cold-filtration process that removes some natural sugars while concentrating the protein and calcium naturally found in real cows’ milk.

Our line of delicious, lactose-free fairlife® products includes: fairlife® ultra-filtered milk, which has 50% more protein and 50% less sugar than regular milk; fairlife® with DHA, ultra-filtered milk with DHA Omega-3 fatty acids to support brain health; fairlife YUP!®, a line of flavored milks; Core Power® High Protein Shakes, a sports nutrition drink to support post-workout recovery; fairlife smart snacks®, a drinkable snack to help curb hunger between meals; fairlife® nutrition plan™, a nutrition shake to support one’s journey to better health; and the newly launched fairlife® creamers, coffee creamers designed to help enhance your coffee experience. In partnership with The Coca-Cola Company®, fairlife ultra-filtered milk and Core Power high protein shakes are distributed throughout the United States (U.S.) and Canada; all other fairlife drinks are available in the U.S.

To learn more about fairlife and its collection of products, please visit fairlife.com.

job purpose: The Category Manager, Procurement is a member of the Supply Chain team. This role is directly responsible for managing and overseeing all aspects of developing and implementing sourcing strategies for Ingredients & Packaging materials that align with fairlife’s strategic objectives. This role delivers value by ensuring fairlife sources the highest quality, most cost-effective materials from a reliable, high performing supply base.  

responsibilities:

  • Plans, organizes, directs, and controls activities related to sourcing for Ingredients & Packaging
  • Lead the development and execution of Procurement strategies for categories under control
  • Identify, support and implement raw material cost reduction opportunities
  • Leads Request for Proposal (RFP) process to ensure consistent lowest total cost of ownership
  • Develop and execute vendor agreements in close collaboration with Legal Team
  • Manage vendor relationships, track performance and communicate performance feedback
  • Identify supply risks in Ingredients & Packaging categories and develop risk mitigation strategies
  • Collaborate with Planning Team on inventory flow & order optimization opportunities
  • Support R&D Team in innovation projects with supplier & material selection
  • Assist in the development and management of annual material cost budgets
  • Analyze and forecast material cost trends and work to address any pricing variances to budget
  • Resolve any unforeseen problems with suppliers relating to operations, purchasing or quality/performance
  • Daily collaboration with cross-functional project teams, acting as a support function for any project needs related to purchasing

skills/qualifications required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Preferably in Supply Chain, Procurement, Finance or Engineering)
  • 5+ years of Procurement Category Management experience or equivalent
  • Strong project management background desired with experience in CPG environment
  • Strong business acumen and ability to effectively manage internal and external relationships
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills at all levels, and ability to drive results to others
  • Ability to handle ambiguity and work in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment

position location: Chicago, IL

reports to: Director, Procurement

travel requirements: 35%

Why fairlife



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  • “What I like most is the sense of family around me. It’s hard to leave your family daily, but to feel that you are walking in to see your second family makes the daily routine easier.”
    Erica Peppers
    Corporate Controller
  • “The pace at which we move here is invigorating! I can catch someone in the hall, share an idea, and three days later they will show back up to share how we could do it. It’s thrilling!”
    Perri Gordon
    Director of Marketing
  • “fairlife is fast-paced, exciting, and growing quickly! This company is all in on innovation, and the support I’ve gotten for my own ideas has been incredible. We truly live out our credo of better values.”
    Lauren Knight
    Communications Manager
  • “What I like most is the sense of family around me. It’s hard to leave your family daily, but to feel that you are walking in to see your second family makes the daily routine easier.”
    Erica Peppers
    Corporate Controller
  • “The pace at which we move here is invigorating! I can catch someone in the hall, share an idea, and three days later they will show back up to share how we could do it. It’s thrilling!”
    Perri Gordon
    Director of Marketing
  • “fairlife is fast-paced, exciting, and growing quickly! This company is all in on innovation, and the support I’ve gotten for my own ideas has been incredible. We truly live out our credo of better values.”
    Lauren Knight
    Communications Manager

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fairlife, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, veteran status, or any other category protected by law. All qualified applicants and employees will be given equal opportunity. Selection decisions are based on job-related factors.