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Sr Category Specialist

Date: Dec 22, 2020

Location: Twin Falls, ID, ID, US, 83301

Company: Glanbia

Procurement Category Specialist


Reports To:                        Category Manager

Department:                      Procurement

Location:                            Twin Falls, ID

Pay Status:                         (Salaried/Exempt)


Job Summary

As a key member of the category management team, this position will support and deliver the many aspects of global strategy and sourcing process, ensuring we maintain best value and will collaborate cross-functionally to set category strategy.  The role will be responsible for Supporting Sourcing and Sourcing materials and services that provide the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO). This position reports to Category Managers and supports the following business functions: Product Supply, PSM, Commercial/Sales Team, Quality, and Product Development.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities (not restrictive)

  • Support  and optimize a robust global strategy for assigned categories
    •      Support Category Manager in the development, delivery and communication of the category plan
    •      Support the global cross-functional business teams to effectively execute the category strategy
    •      Ensure that the business requirements and needs of each region are well understood and executed within the category plan; work with the Procurement operations team to implement local sourcing and local category management for items outside not covered in the total Procurement category strategies
    •      Assist in Global Collaboration Projects targeted at ongoing harmonization and continuous improvements efforts
  • Utilize procurement best practices in all areas to deliver strategic value with assurance of supply, alternate sourcing and risk mitigation/reduction by, but not limited to:
    •     Author, edit, negotiate, and route contracts for signing. Manage contracts throughout their life cycle.
    • Proactively finding alternate sources for key materials/equipment/MRO/services
    •      Continuous and diligent updating of price, lead time, terms, etc. in PIR’s and/or contracts
    •      Conducting effective price negotiations for spot buys and initial negotiation for longer term contracts
    •      Effective resolution of daily issues for assigned category/s
    • Effectively responding to and delivering on the day to day sourcing activities and tenders  (including required documentation and approvals) and upload to current databases
    •      Timely follow up and follow through on all sourcing requests from the operations and commercial teams
    •      Ongoing and effective supplier relationship management that delivers a mutual advantage
    •      Ongoing gathering & reporting of relevant market intelligence
    •      Running spend reports regularly
    •      Entering prices in PDM/SAP and using the CRM system to support the business teams as appropriate
    • Sourcing and assisting in the sourcing of new  equipment/MRO/services, documenting any details in shared sourcing database and sourcing systems as well as quality management systems
    •      Submitting new products for evaluation by the appropriate business teams as needed and applicable
    • Responsible for all Management of Change (MOC) and/or Change Control Forms (CCFs) as part of the      category strategy for strategic replacement and management of missing materials or services.
  • Support the savings and avoidance projects as identified and agreed in the category plan:
    •      Cost Savings – Identify and pursue cost savings opportunities together with the Category Manager and internal team members
    • Cost Avoidance – First line of defense to fight off potential cost increases and work together with the Category Manager to minimize purchasing cost variances"
  • Drive supplier performance and development through proactive utilization of the Supplier Scorecard to benchmark and improve supplier performance through the frequent communication of Glanbia’s expectations and requirements
  • Regular attendance is an essential function of this position
  • Supports the Category Manager in the Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) and works with supplier when operations quality issues become more frequent and/or severe


Additional Functions


Any other key functions and functions as assigned which will include any items not captured under essential functions



Supervisory Responsibilities (If relevant)


Performance Indicators

  • TBD based on objective roll out post GI re-organization


Qualification & Experience Requirements

Education, Training:

  • University degree in related field required (equivalent experience in lieu of education will be considered)

Experience Required:

  • Minimum of 3-6 years of business experience; college education  can take the place of work experience
  • Working knowledge of and experience with food or fortification manufacturing environment is preferred

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • An ability to negotiate with diverse set of suppliers across multiple regions and close out negotiations
  • Highly detailed with a systematic approach, sense of responsibility and positive customer focus
  • Must have demonstrably strong interpersonal skills (both written and verbal), to include speaking clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in written form with all levels of personnel within the business unit and in the wider organization, to include excellent writing, negotiation and presentation skills
  • Passionate about the business, will be a strong external ambassador / advocate for the business and will be highly collaborative with the ability to work successfully across teams, regions and functions
  • Analytical with superior problem solving skills over near and long-term planning horizons
  • Strong business understanding and orientation and effectively handles multiple, rapidly changing and conflicting priorities
  • Strong cultural awareness based on past exposure, experience, and successful business dealings 
  • Ability to effectively interact with all levels of personnel with the utmost professionalism
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision while remaining productive at all times.
  • Must be results focused and oriented toward accomplishment of team goals
  • Possesses a passion for learning new skills
  • Must be able to work flexible hours to include overtime and weekends when needed




Language, Computer &   Numeracy:

  • Fluent in written and spoken English required
  • Experience with and solid understanding of ERP/MRP systems, preferably SAP with the ability and desire to work within and progress such complex systems with SharePoint and Business Objects experience also preferred
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency with MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
  • Strong math skills, and knowledge of the metric system, are required
  • Heavy Data analysis including MS Excel pivot tables and spreadsheets to do calculations on cost potency changes, percentages, etc.

Travel Requirements

  • Periodic domestic and international travel to visit internal stakeholders in other regions, tradeshows, suppliers, and other events as required (15%)

Typical Physical Activity

  • Regularly involves talking or listening, sitting, and the use of hands and fingers.
  • Regularly involves going up and down stairs.
  • Frequently involves reaching with hands and arms, standing and walking.
  • Occasionally involves crouching, stooping, kneeling and/or climbing or balancing.

Typical Environmental Conditions

  • May be exposed to moderate noise levels (i.e. office equipment, light traffic).May work in areas with mechanical moving parts, above ground with risk of fall, or areas with risk of electrical shock.

Nearest Major Market: Idaho
Nearest Secondary Market: Twin Falls