Full Job Description
The Kraft Heinz Company is one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world, with eight $1 billion+ brands and global sales of approximately $25 billion. We’re a globally trusted producer of high-quality, great-tasting, and nutritious foods for over 150 years. Our brands are truly global, with products produced and marketed in over 40 countries. These beloved products include condiments and sauces, cheese and dairy, meals, meats, refreshment beverages, coffee, infant and nutrition products, and numerous other grocery products in a portfolio of more than 200 legacy and emerging brands.
No matter the brand, we’re united under one vision: To sustainably grow by delighting more consumers globally. Bringing this vision to life is our team of 39,000+ food lovers, creative thinkers, and high performers worldwide. Together, we help provide meals to those in need through our global partnership with Rise Against Hunger. We also stand committed to responsible, sustainable practices that extend to every facet of our business, our consumers, and our communities. Every day, we’re transforming the food industry with bold thinking and unprecedented results. If you share our passion – and are ready to create the future, build a legacy, and lead as a global citizen – there’s only one thing to do: join our table and let’s make life delicious!
Our Culture of Ownership, Meritocracy and Collaboration
We're not afraid to think differently. Embrace new ideas. Dream big. We empower our people at every level – from entry-level intern to senior leader – to own their work. We share a responsibility to think like Owners – to be mindful of the collective and sustained success of Kraft Heinz – which we apply to every situation, every day.
As part of Kraft Heinz, you're supported to grow and achieve. You’re expected to bring your authentic self to work every day, to lead with humility, and drive outstanding performance at every level – and you’ll be rewarded. You’re given opportunities to leave a mark and build a legacy. But you won’t do it alone. You’re supported by passionate teammates along the way, and our collective, collaborative spirit fuels our incredible progress.
All posting locations: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Job Function: 02 - Procurement
Department: 02 - 03 - Direct / Indirect Material
Date Published: 21-Sep-2021
Job Type: Regular
Description & Requirements
The Group Lead of Corporate Functions will be responsible for leading all strategic planning and sourcing activities for all HR- Professional Services (e.g. legal- finance/accounting) & Marketing/Sales Procurement categories (60+ subcategories) with total spend of $1.7B across the KraftHeinz NA enterprise and 1600+ suppliers. This position will leverage their experience and knowledge to lead team members who will build comprehensive strategies at the category level and execute the strategy through the sourcing process. They will drive program compliance through Supplier and Contract Management creating value for KraftHeinz. This position will drive sustainable strategies that will actively seek to reduce and/or control costs for products and services while increasing efficiencies for the business. This position will work closely with the stakeholders in various business units- R&D- FSQA- operations and corporate functions to provide innovative new products and services to meet business objectives. In addition- this position will lead a team of other Procurement professionals- be the key global liaison and manage our third party administrator supporting corporate functions procurement categories. The successful candidate must be able to focus on balancing superior service to internal business clients- global collaboration while maximizing value for the company of items/services purchased.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Key competency expectations for the role are the ability to deeply understand and utilize procurement processes- tools- and systems- execute & oversee lifecycle management process- be a proven expert in category planning- development & execution- as well as ability to achieve tangible results in competitive and non-competitive supplier negotiations both directly and as a coach to others.
Manage mid to executive-level clients and supplier relationships on an ongoing basis to ensure customer satisfaction
Lead Sourcing and Category Management for a wide portfolio of complex and/or critical categories to KraftHeinz
Establish and deliver performance goals for a portfolio of categories representing a significant amount of spend
Lead strategic sourcing projects for supplier selection/optimization to execute Category Management vision and strategies
Manage Supplier Relationships and conducts Supplier Business Reviews – High Level Escalation Point for Performance and Risk Issues (e.g. experience with largest HR- Professional Services or Marketing/Sales industry leaders is a plus)
As part of Supplier Management segments suppliers at category level
Develop and manage supplier base for specific categories
Lead discussions with critical suppliers around long-term objectives and strategies- ongoing market trends- innovation and technology advances- and potential investment decisions
Support major supplier issues and work with stakeholders to identify and drive resolution
Identify business needs at the sourcing and category project level in the following areas: Assurance of Supply- Quality- Service- Cost- and Innovation (AQSCI)
Develop multi-year category vision and strategy based on the data- insights and business requirements.
Build strong business relationships to increase influence over total category spend
Identify and evaluate potential value generating projects based on complexity- resources- risk- time to implement- and estimated financial impact
Manage prioritized portfolio of projects for the category in the near and long term
Lead the supplier selection and RFx award process
Executes highly complex contracts in accordance with policies and processes; ability to apply competency across categories
Applies expert level of negotiation techniques and tools in all situations; ability to apply competency across categories
Actively maintain strong understanding of category dynamics (current market- pricing- cost drivers- industry and supplier variables) through trade groups- publications- etc. and communicates changes to business stakeholders
Manage Total Cost of Ownership at the category level through collaboration with Data Analytics- accountable for measuring and reporting value delivery
Enable continuous process improvement and cost reduction
Ensure the strategic sourcing process is robustly applied to all sourcing projects
Is a positive challenger/influencer
Collaborates with global procurement peers to ensure support of and alignment to the supported functions
Directly manages and develops internal and third party administrator team resources
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
10+ years of experience in Indirect Procurement or combination of direct HR- Professional Services or Marketing/Sales industry experience
Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite- Familiarity with eProcurement Source-to-Pay tools desirable (e.g. Ariba & Workday a plus)- Experience in Supplier Performance & Risk Management tools desirable
Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required- presentation and negotiation skills are required
Must have experience in developing long-term business strategies. Specifically- establishing strategic direction based on insights into both external market indices- global supply chain and the organization's overall capabilities. Recognized as an established expert in respective field. Develops strategy that aligns function with organizational goals and generates results that will have a positive impact on the function/business unit. Must have extensive experience in the sourcing life cycle process and have a strong grasp of the tools needed to complete the process.
Strong negotiating skills; ability to multi-task- attention to detail- organized; exemplary customer service skills; judgment to handle confidential information and challenging business situations; ability to lead and influence others; project management- problem solving- leadership and team building skills.
This position will be responsible for managing 4-6 full time employees plus third party administrator resources personnel who perform similar tasks and activities
May require travel up to 6 or more domestic trips per year and some global
Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity