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Category Specialist - Transportation / Warehouse

Date: Jun 10, 2021

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

Company: Glanbia

Procurement Category Specialist

Reports To:                        Category Manager -- Transportation & Warehouse

Department:                      Procurement

Location:                            Twin Falls OR Remote possibility, depending on candidate experience and location

Pay Status:                        (Salaried/Exempt)


Job Summary

The Procurement Category Specialist will operate in a rapidly evolving and complex business. As a key member of the category management team, this position will collaborate with key stakeholders to support and deliver the many aspects of our global strategy and sourcing process. The role will be responsible for Sourcing services and materials that provide the lowest total cost of ownership to the business while ensuring best value. This role requires independent judgment and initiative in the planning, organization, assignment and reporting of work. The position will report to Category Managers and support the following business functions: Supply Chain & Logistics, PSM, and the Commercial/Sales Teams.


Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • 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 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
    • Support Supply Chain team with ongoing SAP tasks such as material creations, extensions and agreement maintenance on a weekly basis
  • 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:
    • Edit, negotiate, and route contracts through Group Legal and signature
    • Upload and maintain Contracts/SLA’s in database repository (ARIBA)
    • Effective resolution of daily issues for assigned category/s
    • Ongoing and effective carrier/supplier relationship management that delivers a mutual advantage
    • Ongoing gathering & reporting of relevant market intelligence
    • Running spend reports regularly
    • Assisting in sourcing events with supplier/carrier communications, responses, bids etc.
  • Support the savings and avoidance projects as identified and agreed in the category plan:
    • Cost Savings – Understand savings mechanisms within the business and support Category efforts to achieve goals and targets set.
    • Cost Avoidance – Identify opportunities to reduce costs within current operations while exploring new innovations for cost reductions.
  • Drive carrier/supplier performance and development through proactive utilization of regular business reviews, data and communication of business expectations.
  • Support the claims process with clear understanding of carrier/supplier liabilities as they relate to Glanbia Stock Throughput Policy. Collaborate with internal Risk Management, outside Insurance Agents and Glanbia Stakeholders to effectively reach claim conclusion.
  • Regular attendance is an essential function of this position
  • Supports the Category Manager in the Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) and works with carrier/supplier when performance or quality issues become more frequent and/or severe.
  • Any other key functions and functions as assigned which will include any items not captured under essential functions


Performance Indicators

  • Completeness of SLA/Contract documentation across active Carrier/Supplier base
  • Adherence to project schedules and targets


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 may take the place of work experience
  • Working knowledge of and experience with food or fortification manufacturing environment is preferred
  • Understanding of Supply Chain & Logistics Markets across all transport modes


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • An ability to negotiate with diverse set of suppliers across multiple regions and close out negotiations
  • Strong math skills required with heavy Data analysis including MS Excel pivot tables, spreadsheets and graphs to report and present performance and spend data in a clear and meaningful output
  • 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
  • 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
  • MS Excel pivot tables, spreadsheets and graphs in reports and presentations
  • Ability to initiate and actively participate in video conference meetings Fluent in written and spoken English required
  • Experience with and solid understanding of SAP preferred
  • Ability and desire to work within and progress complex systems such as SharePoint, Business Objects and ARIBA also preferred
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency with MS Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint


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.
  • 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.



At Glanbia, we celebrate diversity, because we know that our individual strengths make us stronger together. We welcome and encourage interest from a wide variety of candidates, and we will give your application consideration, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status. 


At Glanbia our culture will celebrate individuality, knowing that together we are more.




Nearest Major Market: Idaho
Nearest Secondary Market: Twin Falls