Sr Manager, Sourcing

Panera Bread - St. Louis, MO

We are Panera:
We believe that good food, food you can feel good about, can bring out the best in all of us. Food served in a warm, welcoming environment, by people who care. To us, that’s good eating and that’s why we’re here.

Job Description:
Panera is now searching for a Sr Manager of Sourcing to work out of our St. Louis corporate office, reporting to the Director of Sourcing . The Sr Manager of Sourcing will be directly responsible for all spend under the assigned managed category; developing, leading and actively executing the strategy for this space. They’ll analyze the managed space both from an internal requirements and external partnership perspective; executing competitive negotiations and delivering the best results for Team Panera.

Personal competencies for success include the ability to master both strategic and operational issues, the ability to dynamically handle multiple competing priorities, to navigate the Supply Chain infrastructure and possess effective collaboration skills, a positive energy and sound good judgment.

If you've got a healthy competitive streak, good problem solving skills, strong attention to detail, technical and quantitative skills, we'd like to hear from you. We'll ask you to leverage your talent and experience to contribute meaningfully to our business and culture; and we'll give you the information, tools and mentors you need to succeed.

Category Management

Grow, maintain, and establish strong supplier business relationships

Fully understand product category, usage, and cost drivers
Develop and own the category food cost plan; monitor and maintain performance for the year
Recognize, cultivate, and lead cost savings measures to the system and Panera LLC
Manage and resolve product supply issues as needed
Align with internal counterparts on category strategy and prepare for a successful execution of Sourcing Negotiations (RFI, RFQ, RFP, etc) and present best case award decision
Negotiate the lowest price based on deploying the most profitable response to our demand and considering our product specifications, quality, service levels, and industry conditions
Work together with cross-functional partners such as QA, Operations, Culinary and Finance to provide project visibility and allow for cross-functional alignment and execution of sourcing projects
Supplier Management

Actively solicit supplier performance feedback from Team Panera
Enhance supplier development by communicating Team Panera’s performance standards measures, develop joint improvement initiatives (product, process, etc) as needed
Conduct and lead regular business review sessions with our supplier partners in order to inform and align them with Panera’s strategy for managed products
Develop and ensure up-to-date management of supplier contingency plans and strategy in the event the primary supplier is unable to perform as required (quality, delivery, spec adherence, etc)
Ensure we have supplier contracts and pricing agreements detailing costs and pricing methodology
Work with Panera’s Supply Management team in determining optimal supplier locations and delivery methods
Coordinate the execution of new product (permanent or LTO) introductions in the Panera system—taking into account production lead times, MOQs, and contingencies

College degree in Business, Supply Chain, or an associated Field
7+ years of experience in Procurement, Supply Chain, or Strategic Sourcing preferred
Foodservice (QSR/Fast Causal experience is a plus)
Excellent verbal & written communication skills
Experience building internal & external relationships
Contract negotiation and attention to detail
Additional Skills and Experience

Creative mindset coupled with analytical skills enabling one to see the big picture and match it up with the detail
Understanding of the Panera Culture and its vital importance in how we work together
Ability to easily adapt to rapidly changing situations and priorities. Comfortable adjusting concepts to fit new situations.
Financial understanding of company and department measures
Comfortable delivering feedback to both supplier partners and internal partners while maintaining a good relationship and leading to effective results
Saint Louis Support Center