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Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager - Packaging

Date: Jul 31, 2019

Location: Chesterfield, MO, US, 63017

Company: Bunge

Bunge Limited (, NYSE: BG) is a leading global agribusiness and food company operating in over 40 countries with approximately 32,000 employees. Bunge buys, sells, stores and transports oilseeds and grains to serve customers worldwide; processes oilseeds to make protein meal for animal feed; produces edible oil products for consumers and commercial customers in the food processing, industrial and artisanal bakery, confectionery, human nutrition and food service categories; produces sugar and ethanol from sugarcane; mills wheat, corn and rice to make ingredients used by food companies; and sells fertilizer in South America. Founded in 1818, the company is headquartered in White Plains, New York.

Position Summary:

Drive the development of category best practices, ensure best leverage of Bunge’s volume for regional categories to maximize total cost of ownership savings and procurement value contribution. Supplier negotiations and agreements may occur at the Global, Regional and/or Local level.  A thorough understanding of how specific spends impact the business and every member of the supply chain is crucial to ensure a true total cost of ownership is calculated. Relevant spend areas must be monitored to ensure that identified cost savings are realized and reported. This individual will work closely with key Packaging stakeholders to continuously identify new savings opportunities and to monitor spend compliance and resolve service or supplier issues. We are looking for a self-directed person with the ability to work with minimal supervision and to work independently or in a team environment. Must be able to travel domestically and internationally up to 25+% of the time as needed to meet with prospective suppliers and global peers. Support and actively participate in safety programs and initiatives and follow all safe work practices


Core Functions:


  1. Define Sourcing Plan for the owned categories.
  • Analyze and set category spend baseline and category profile, incl. risk assessment, Supplier Relationship Management and P2P strategy
  • Build category specific strategic plan in alignment with the regions and countries;
  • Create one year and three years strategic sourcing/projects plan for the selected categories
  • Track North America spend to ensure compliance to strategic procurement programs


  1. Best Practice Sharing for all categories
  • Coordinate sourcing activities across regions/countries
  • Define Regional Sourcing Strategy based on best practices
  • Assess Bunge’s global position for relevant categories and in supply markets and provide input to region specific go-to-market strategies


  1. Suppliers Leverage for selected categories
  • Support supplier identification and RFX strategy definition
  • Identify available suppliers that can ship economically to multiple regions/countries
  • Maintain supplier database (service portfolio, financial KPIs, performance reviews)
  • Ensure alignment of negotiation timing and contract durations between regions/countries
  • Lead the Vendor Relationship Management initiatives
  • Manage supplier performance by, for example, discussing lessons learned from one region and making sure that the supplier builds on those lessons learned to improve service levels in another region


  1. Sourcing for selected categories and deliver savings for Bunge:
  • Manage the procurement strategy implementation / sourcing execution for a set of regional categories
  • Lead the entire 7-step sourcing process
  • Lead supplier selection and fact-based negotiations
  • Manage the category end-to-end procurement cycle
  • Act as major point of contact for the business to assure business requirements are met
  • Conduct spend analysis and track forecasted vs. actual savings for categories in scope
  • Manage and optimize user compliance
  • Define improvement plans, create action plans and supervise execution
  • Manage commercial supplier relationship and contracts
  • Continuously track performance of key strategic suppliers
  • Lead key strategic supplier development activities; set up cross-functional review meetings with key strategic suppliers to improve performance and further reduce cost
  • Identify potential contract improvement opportunities and re-negotiations


  1. Stakeholder Management
  • Align action plans with Key Stakeholders
  • Drive and coordinate trials of new products
  • Keep regular communication and interaction
  • Communicate the regional organization about procurement in both written (memos, letters, presentations, etc.) and verbal (presentations, conference calls, etc.) formats
  • Lead cross-divisional/cross-functional teams focused on preferred supplier selection; train employees on supplier selection process


  1. Main Global Activities (not limited & non-exhaustive)
  • Actively participate, and potentially lead, global initiatives and implement global program/strategy where appropriate
  • Act as internal focal point (‘single point of contact’) for questions/concerns/issues for all packaging sourced throughout North America
  • Gather spend data within North America as well as assigned global categories regarding various packaging materials


  • Academic background: Bachelor’s degree in business or related field required; MBA preferred
  • A recognized qualification in procurement would be considered an asset
  • Experience: In depth knowledge of packaging categories is preferred, with substantial professional experience (7-12 years) in procurement or other related positions, preferably working in an international food company.
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Proficient in SAP
  • Must be able to travel domestically and internationally up to 25+% of the time as needed to meet with prospective suppliers and global peers

  • Must be fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese will be a plus

Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or military or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.  Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled

Nearest Major Market: St Louis

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