Procurement Manager - Packaging

Supply Chain
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® 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; and the newly launched fairlife® Light Ice Cream, a line of creamy, frozen desserts. 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 products are available in the U.S.

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

job purpose: As fairlife continues to experience exponential growth as a company, we are looking for a Procurement Manager to help advance the strategic sourcing and procurement operations within our Supply Chain Team. This role is directly responsible for managing and overseeing all aspects of developing and implementing sourcing strategies that align with fairlife’s strategic objectives. The Procurement Manager will be tasked with ensuring stable, long-term supply of packaging materials with a focus on supplier selection, relationship management and price negotiation. This role delivers value by ensuring fairlife sources the highest quality, most cost-effective materials from a reliable, high-performing supply base.

 

responsibilities:

  • Plan, organize, direct, and control activities related to strategic sourcing for packaging
  • Execute robust category strategies that optimize the supply base, reduce dependence on sole sourced suppliers and ensure consistent continuity of supply
  • Identify, support, and implement raw material cost reduction opportunities
  • Lead 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 Packaging categories and develop risk mitigation strategies
  • Collaborate with Planning Team on inventory flow & order optimization opportunities
  • Support Packaging Engineering Team in innovation and sustainability projects involving supplier & material selection
  • Assist in the development and management of annual material cost budgets
  • Analyze and forecast market inflation trends and work to address any price variances to budget
  • Monitor, track and report on savings and key performance indicators for category
  • 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
  • Master in negotiation, value generation
  • Strong project management background desired with experience in CPG environment
  • Proactive business results-focus, and proven ability to provide insights that generate value and drive savings in spend
  • Ability to influence senior leadership teams at Plant level and Corporate Function level
  • Experience working cross-functionally with R&D, Supply Chain, and Marketing in the development and commercialization of new products
  • Ability to handle ambiguity and work in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment

position location: Chicago, IL

reports to: Director, Procurement & Commodities

travel requirements: 35%

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.

In addition to its nondiscrimination commitment, the Company will also provide reasonable accommodation of qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the Company. If you have a disability and would like to request accommodation in order to apply for a position with us, please email [email protected].

Why fairlife



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  • "In my career, finding an organization that’s growing their core business at an exceptional pace, innovating for the future and having fun with good people while doing it is the holy grail, and fairlife has it. "
    Norm Baker
    Finance Director
  • “I absolutely love working for fairlife because of the positive values they have! In my time here I have been given many opportunities to move up within the plant and am treated as part of the family.”
    Nurul Yaminudin
    Warehouse Supervisor
  • “Over the past 7 years, I have had the opportunity to grow from a Processing Operator to my current position as a Packaging Coordinator. fairlife believes in better and shows it by caring for their employees while offering competitive pay and career advancement opportunities.”
    Leonarda Roma
    Packaging Coordinator
  • “First impressions are very important, and I felt very welcomed the first day I started training. The staff at the Coopersville facility made me feel like I was a valuable addition to the fairlife team."
    Chuck Passenier
    Warehouse Associate
  • "While our portfolio of brands is amazing, the people I work with every day is what I love. We operate small and big. We challenge the industry norms. We run when everyone else walks. It’s a dynamic culture."
    Nina Johnson
    Sr. Director, Strategic Revenue Growth Management
  • "I love that we're providing a healthy alternative for people who are lactose intolerant. I have family members who are lactose intolerant; I feel like I am doing a service to them!"
    Carlton Kirkpatrick
    Warehouse Associate
  • "It’s a place where I’ve grown and learned a lot, giving me the ability to move into my role as a Packaging Technician. The people here are positively great teammates and the heart of what makes fairlife the place it is."
    Katie Sanger
    Packaging Technician
  • “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.

In addition to its nondiscrimination commitment, the Company will also provide reasonable accommodation of qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the Company. If you have a disability and would like to request accommodation in order to apply for a position with us, please email [email protected]