Senior Procurement Category Manager, Dairy

Chicago, IL
Full Time

About fairlife, LLC

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company information

fairlife, LLC is a Chicago-based dairy company that creates great-tasting, nutrition-rich and value-added products to nourish consumers.

With more than $1B in annual retail sales, fairlife’s growing portfolio of delicious, lactose-free, real dairy products includes: fairlife® ultra-filtered milk; Core Power® High Protein Shakes, a sports nutrition drink to support post-workout recovery; fairlife® nutrition plan™, a nutrition shake to support the journey to better health; and fairlife® Light Ice Cream.

A wholly owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola company, fairlife, LLC has been recognized by both Fast Company and Nielsen for its industry leading innovation.

The company is driven by its values of caring for the people, animals, and planet it touches across its business. By providing nourishing products, implementing stringent care standards for animals, and stewarding efficient operations and responsible packaging, fairlife, LLC puts a focus each day on making a positive impact for all. 

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

COVID-19 Vaccine Information: fairlife, LLC complies with the federal contractor COVID-19 vaccination mandate, which requires all employees and new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 18, 2022, except for those with documented and approved medical or religious accommodations. Prior to starting with fairlife, successful candidates will be required to: (i) be at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19 and in the process of getting fully vaccinated; (ii) be able to provide fairlife with proof of vaccination, or (iii) have applied for and received a medical or religious-based accommodation to be exempt from the mandatory vaccination policy.

job purpose:

The Senior Procurement Category Manager, Dairy is a key member of the Supply Chain Team. This role will play an integral part in developing long-term milk sourcing strategies across all current and future sites. The Senior Procurement Category Manager will be tasked with ensuring a stable, long-term supply of milk with a focus on supplier selection, relationship management and price negotiation. In this position you will partner with internal stakeholders to support their needs and drive category performance while delivering procurement’s cost of goods savings targets. This individual will drive the development and implementation of critical supplier performance management programs to ensure the supply base is exceling against established key performance indicators.

responsibilities:

  • Plan, organize, direct, and control activities related to strategic sourcing for dairy.
  • Formulate and execute a long-term dairy sourcing strategy for all current and future plants
  • Identify risks and vulnerabilities within milk supply base and develop risk mitigation strategies to build a more resilient milk supply chain.
  • Support Request for Proposal (RFP) process to ensure consistent lowest total cost of ownership.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to develop tools for enhancing transparency and traceability to farm-level trends in milk supply, component levels, quality performance and environmental considerations.
  • Analyze current and projected dairy market conditions and identify key trends and opportunities for the business.
  • Provide dairy market guidance of current and projected supply fundamentals to Commodity Risk Management Team.
  • Develop presentation tools to be used in monthly and quarterly commodity price risk management meetings with CEO, CFO, and other key Executive Leadership team members
  • Analyze and forecast market inflation trends and work to address any price variances to budget.
  • Collaborate cross-functionally to refine and optimize supplier framework for internal requirements to ensure the highest-quality-milk from farms committed to continuous improvement towards animal care.
  • Develop and execute vendor agreements in close collaboration with Legal Team.
  • Manage vendor relationships, track performance, and communicate performance feedback.
  • Identify, support, and implement raw material cost reduction opportunities.
  • Assist in the development and management of annual material cost budgets.
  • 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.

 

skills/qualifications required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required (Preferably in Agricultural Economics, Supply Chain, or Engineering). Master’s Degree a plus.
  • Strong knowledge base of dairy markets, milk pricing and dairy policies
  • 8+ years of Procurement Category Management experience or equivalent.
  • Master in negotiation, value generation
  • Ability to influence senior leadership teams at Plant level and Corporate Function level.
  • Experience working cross-functionally with Quality, Planning and Animal Welfare Teams
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Strong communication skillset, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to handle ambiguity and work in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment.

position location: Chicago, IL

reports to: Senior Director, Procurement & Commodities

travel requirements: 25%

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].

 

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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]