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  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • Cincinnati


Enterprise Sourcing Category Leader - Ingredients, Rice & Fruit

Company Name: Kroger Manufacturing
Position Type: Employee
FLSA Status: Exempt


Position Summary:

Lead and direct team of procurement professionals to deliver enterprise global sourcing strategies for best total value. Develop a vision for best in class sourcing for $2B spend category. Establish multi-year strategic plans to enable business goals. Champion corporate social responsibility and supplier diversity leadership programs. Collaborate internally at all levels, across all business units and the supply base to support business sourcing objectives. Demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety.

Essential Job Functions:

Manage business unit and department processes/practices to ensure program alignment with enterprise business goals/objectives
Prepare, communicate and educate client groups and team on policy and practice changes
Develop and execute sourcing strategies; ratify commodity risk management recommendations
Manage sourcing strategies in areas of high financial or brand risk to the Company
Develop and leverage strong professional relationships with strategic suppliers and industry players
Employ market leading knowledge of key global industry players, competitors and dynamics to identify               potential
Influence external company presidents and governmental policy or standard practice within the industry
Ensure partners adhere to legal and operational compliance requirements
Analyze processes/procedures to develop strategy, fulfillment requirements, cost, quality and inventory levels
Leverage market data/cost modeling to support the development of negotiation strategies that deliver maximum value to the organization
Develop/utilize “should cost” methods to drive understanding of what product costs should be, identify gaps, coach team and execute
Effectively manage cost of direct/indirect material purchases
Utilize the total cost of ownership model to monitor/manage supply chain strategies
Ensure all purchasing activities are managed within budget, maintaining the highest level of ethics
Champion supplier development and risk management strategies
Supervise and coach direct reports in the performance of their duties: complete performance reviews and provide feedback to direct reports
Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation
Minimum Position Qualifications/Education:        

Bachelor’s degree in supply chain, business management
8 years of supply chain/similar experience
Experience sourcing international/domestic vendors/products
Ability to apply knowledge of multidisciplinary business principles/practices
Advanced analytical skills/problem-solving skills
Knowledge of critical procurement legal requirements and contracting best practices
Excellent oral/written communication skills
Advanced Microsoft Office skills
Able to effectively utilize program and project management tools and techniques
6 years of supply chain experience, responsibility for $2B-$4B spend (pay level - 11)
Desired Previous Job Experience:

MBA or Master degree in related field
Seasonal business experience
Experience with toll processing, rebill programs or directed buy for suppliers
10 years of Global strategic sourcing/procurement experience, preferably in a high growth, retail/manufacturing/CPG environment

Education Level: Bachelor's Required
Required Travel: Up to 25%
Required Certifications/Licenses: None
Position Type: Full-Time
Regions: General Office- Cincinnati


Jobs at Kroger Manufacturing: Through quality products, strong individual commitments and team spirit, Kroger has been established as a leader in the manufacturing industry. Kroger Manufacturing provides career development programs aligned with aspirations in Engineering, Process Management, Information Systems, Quality Assurance, Operations Management, Human Resources, Finance and Procurement. Our work force programs provide technically challenging rotations with cross-functional teams, plants and locations to allow our Associates to learn from some of the brightest minds in the business. Experience and training combined with mentoring and guidance from plant sponsors prepare our Associates with the skills and leadership behaviors needed to achieve a successful career at Kroger.


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About the company

Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs more than 339,000 associates who serve customers in 2,425 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The company also operates 789 convenience stores, 337 fine jewelry stores, 1,109 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food processing plants in the U.S. Kroger also operates over 80 “The Little Clinic” retail healthcare sites inside select Kroger, King Sooper and Fry’s stores.

Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations in the communities it serves. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 160 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners. For more information please visit

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