• Regional Procurement Director - Indirect

    Job Locations US-WI-Beloit
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  • Company Overview

    Want a job you can feel good about? Leading to better encompasses everything we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the world's leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building sustainable solutions for consumers or building benefits and opportunities for employees, the main thread of the Kerry fabric is #LeadingToBetter. With focus on a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

    Leading to better.

    Through sensory science and technology, Kerry develops and manufactures food and beverage solutions for popular brands throughout the world. In fact, you've most likely experienced Kerry in the food or beverages you've consumed in the past few days!

    Leading to better, together. 

    Together, we shape how the world views food and beverage. Leading to better, together means we do this in a culture that nurtures agility, speed, quality and safety and we do this through:

    • Celebrating curiosity that leads to action
    • Empowering our people
    • Promoting diverse thinking
    • Investing in innovation
    • Acting on sustainability
    • Embracing our differences

    Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

    Description and Responsibilities

    This position will have accountability for purchasing $500 MM + of Indirect spend. Reporting to the Vice President of Procurement, the Regional Category Director drives development of best procurement practices, including sourcing strategy definition, deployment, stakeholder and supplier management to maximize total value contribution. This position also leads the team of Sourcing Managers/Buyers, supports target setting in alignment with Procurement and Business goals, and builds people and process capabilities. He/She drives Procurement value contribution to Kerry while ensuring compliance with policies, strategies and processes.


    Key responsibilities of the job include:


    Drive strategy development, deployment and strategic planning for Indirect categories

    • Lead development of strategies (including sub spend area strategy, supplier strategy, risk management strategy and P2P strategy) to drive regional business expectations
    • Manage alignment and deployment of global strategies and financial plans
    • Lead supplier negotiation strategy and process
    • Support strategy execution across region (including project prioritization, securing resources, governance and controls)

    Lead the team of Category Managers and Buyers

    • Lead the assigned team in different strategic planning and sourcing activities
    • Practice Kerry Values to drive performance, talent management and self-management initiatives
    • Set goals and drive KPI’s in accordance with NA procurement vision and goals
    • Develop talent pool and build people capability 

    Manage stakeholder engagement, collaboration of teams, and supplier relationships

    • Identify and manage connectivity with Functional Stakeholders and Global Procurement teams
    • Manage stakeholder engagement and alignment throughout the end-to-end procurement process
    • Lead supplier relationship management program for assigned categories
    • Manage implementation of contracts for global categories (where Global Procurement Director is assigned as owner of supplier relationship)

    Deliver results on KPI’s assigned

    • Manage delivery of Margin, Innovation, Cash Flow, Spend under Contract and other deliverables
    • Develop and manage resource planning, procurement budgets, forecasts and financial plans.
    • Identify and leverage opportunities for continuous improvement and manage financial risks
    • Be a point person accountable for delivery of goals in Indirect spend


    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Agriculture Economics, Business, Finance or Food Science required. MBA or MS degrees are desirable.
    • Minimum 6-8 years of procurement experience across multiple indirect spend categories (e.g. Supply Chain Services, Corporate and Professional Services, Logistics, Warehousing, Capital and MRO).
    • Strong communication skills; successful candidate will work with Kerry co-workers in multiple functions and locations as well as suppliers.
    • Ability to lead change and influence others.
    • Strategic sourcing and negotiation skills.
    • People and change management skills.
    • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time.


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