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Specialist, Category

Date: Apr 17, 2021

Location: Downers Grove, IL, US, 60515

Company: Glanbia

Job Summary

Company Description

Glanbia is a global nutrition company, grounded in science and nature and dedicated to providing better nutrition for every step of life’s journey. The company takes pure and clean ingredients including milk, whey and grains and using expert knowledge and capabilities produces high quality nutritional ingredients and branded consumer products for customers and consumers worldwide.


Glanbia Performance Nutrition is a wholly owned subsidiary of Glanbia located in Downers Grove, Illinois. GPN’s brand portfolio consists of – Optimum Nutrition, BSN, Isopure, Think!, Nutramino ABB, Body & Fit, Amazing Grass and SlimFast, each with its own brand essence. GPN manufactures and markets the full range of performance nutrition and lifestyle products including protein, pre-workout, muscle gainers, ready-to-eat snacks and general health. Products are sold through a variety of channels including specialty retail, the internet, gyms and FDM in a variety of formats including powders, bars and Ready-to-Drink beverages. GPN has a global and expanding footprint with a current in-market presence in 24 countries.


Glanbia Performance Nutrition has enjoyed consistent double-digit growth which has been achieved both organically and through acquisition. Today, GPN has approximately $1.2B in revenue and 2,500 employees worldwide. With state-of-the-art production facilities occupying over 500,000 square feet of operating space, GPN is the only sports nutrition company to manufacture and market items in every product category.


As the parent of Glanbia Performance Nutrition, Glanbia Plc is a global performance nutrition and ingredients group with leading market positions in cheese, whey proteins, sports nutrition and micronutrient premixes headquartered in Kilkenny, Ireland. Glanbia Plc has over 6,900 employees in 34 countries worldwide. Its products are sold or distributed in over 130 countries. The company is organized into a number of divisions; Glanbia Performance Nutrition (GPN), Glanbia Nutritionals, Glanbia Ireland and also a number of joint ventures. Revenues for Glanbia plc are approximately $4.1B. For more information visit the company website at: www.glanbia.com



Job Summary


This role will negotiate and manage the cost of Indirect and MRO supplies and services required to meet Glanbia Performance Nutrition production requirements. Drive continuous improvement to meet or exceed departmental and corporate goals.






Essential Functions

Duties and Responsibilities



  • Responsible for negotiating, creating and executing contracts with Indirect materials, marketing items, services and MRO suppliers.
  • Contractually securing materials and services within spending authority guidelines.
  • Develop, implement, and align sourcing strategies and supplier network capabilities for indirect spend categories to achieve broad business objectives. Responsible for securing materials and services at the lowest total cost of ownership through competitive analysis of bids. Responsible for resolving any problems with materials, delivery, or the supplier relationship.
  • Manage strategic business relationships, internally and externally, to ensure the alignment of sourcing solutions with critical business requirements
  • Responsible for being the commercial relationship owner between GPN and indirect suppliers. Set and deliver budgeted plans for all indirect items identified within the scope of the role and to report monthly on performance.
  • Responsible for managing the Total Cost of Ownership by collecting information, analyzing, recommending, communicating, and executing reduction in waste.
  • Collaborate with Indirect Category Lead, and other cross functional team members to establish both short and long-term business objectives.
  • Measure and manage the overall performance of the supplier network. Evaluate supplier capabilities and establish sources for new technologies and new markets dictated by business requirements. Identify, select and qualify the best suppliers in the industry per category utilizing strategic supply base analysis. Develop and manage functional supplier relationships with assigned key/strategic suppliers to optimize financial and operational performance. Compile and maintain supplier and industry strategic analysis portfolios.
  • Develops annual cost savings programs and implement strategies that directly effects company financial results.
  • Develop, advocate and implement sourcing and negotiation strategies for key spend areas to achieve short and long term savings targets. Manages areas of responsibility while driving continuous improvement and develop and implement protocols and practices to ensure effectiveness and efficiencies of strategic initiatives.
  • Create, Implement, Improve, and Refine SAP Process methodologies and standards
  • Create and rollout SAP Indirect Procurement Catalogs
  • Provide SAP expertise to support, standardize, and improve the use of SAP throughout the (P2P) purchase-to-pay process
  • Assist Indirect Category Lead in developing and implementing GPN purchasing strategy
  • Define and lead the policies, processes, tools, and skill development within the GPN Strategic Sourcing and Procurement group




Education Requirements


Education Level



Bachelor’s Degree

Supply chain, finance, business management, or related field required.




Years Of Experience

Minimum Years of Experience

Maximum Years of Experience


  • 4 years

8 years

Experience in strategic sourcing, contract negotiations, or commensurate experience


Other Experience

  • CSPM or equivalent certification preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, specifically in communications across a multi-national organization
  • Strong working knowledge of SAP/Ariba, Business Objects, and PO software
  •  Intermediate to advanced knowledge of the Microsoft Suite
  • Six Sigma certification preferred.




Nearest Major Market: Chicago