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Category Specialist

Date: Mar 12, 2018

Location: Downers Grove, IL, US, 60515

Company: Glanbia

This position will be responsible for driving sourcing and spend analysis activities for its assigned projects and categories within the procurement department. This position will be responsible for various sourcing projects, Bill of Material changes, resolving supplier invoice discrepancies, second source tracking, SAP master data maintenance, among other duties.


Strategic Sourcing Execution

Execute sourcing projects to generate required savings, including:

  • Analyzing data in support of sourcing events and initiatives
  • Understanding data sources and proactively seeking ways to improve data accuracy and integrity
  • Conducting market and supplier research in support of sourcing strategies
  • Second Sourcing Initiatives – Provide support for deployment and transition for given projects
  • Following and creating project plans, deliverables, metrics and milestones for associated projects
  • Assisting with managing data import and export functionality
  • Analyzing SAP Master Data accuracy and providing ongoing maintenance
  • Providing and customizing reports and analysis
  • Developing technical efficiency with spend analysis and visibility tools, to create spend analyses, determine baseline spend and calculate realized savings from sourcing events

    People/Relationship Management

  • Works effectively in teams, including multi-functional teams
  • Self-starter, able to determine work steps based on management direction
  • Ability to communicate effectively to various business partners through phone and email
  • Ability to align own activities with group's goals and strategies
  • Takes initiative and asks clarifying questions as necessary



  • Knowledge of procurement best practices, including supplier negotiations, selection, evaluation, management, and development; must be able to demonstrate extensive hands-on experience
  • Thinking critically and structuring analyses to solve poorly defined problems
  • Knowledge of SAP desired
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge and experience with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Basic project management skills, including understanding how to plan for own work in reasonable time frame and break tasks into achievable sub-tasks
  • Strong analytical abilities, including ability to leverage Excel, and other quantitative analysis tools
  • Establishing personal credibility
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to effectively interact with many levels of management in both one-on-one and multi-disciplinary group settings
  • This position requires a high level of customer service focus, with the ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with internal and external key stakeholders.
  • Planning and Organizing Skills required


    Educational/Previous Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Supply Chain, Engineering or related field required.
  • 2 - 5 years of experience in strategic sourcing or commensurate experience in related functions.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago