Global Sourcing Manager - Indirect Materials

Location: [[West Allis]] 
State: [[Wisconsin]] 
Country: [[United States]] 

Improving food and health for more than 1 billion people every day requires dedicated teamwork. Join us!

At Chr. Hansen we work to improve food and health, and our natural ingredients are consumed by more than 1 billion people every day.

For this to come true we operate integrated global production and supply chain networks using sophisticated technologies and processes. Automation, robotics and IT systems are key components but the key ingredient is efficient people teams focused on delivering to our customers.

As a global market leader in bioscience, we have the opportunity to address important global challenges such as food waste, healthy living, sustainable agriculture – and we need the smartest and most passionate people on board to succeed. Want to join us?

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What we offer you?

Joining Chr. Hansen is your opportunity to make a meaningful difference while working for a global market leader.

Our employees are regarded as the most valuable asset of Chr. Hansen. We want to create a friendly and non-hierarchical work atmosphere, where our people feel fully engaged in your daily work. No matter which of our operations sites you based at, you will experience an agile organization with a short way from idea to implementation. Chr. Hansen offers an inspiring work environment where respect and teamwork are always the top priorities.

Since 1874, we have been at the forefront of innovation by constantly optimizing methods for our production, as well as the work condition for operations. We are proud to promote a safe work environment and a collaborative culture full of passion to make a difference.

General Summary

This position works under limited supervision and is primarily responsible for establishing and executing sourcing strategies in line with the company and the Natural Colors Division to ensure maximum value contribution with direct and indirect spend vendors.

Principal Duties And Responsibilities (* = Essential Functions)

  • *Develop and implement long-term strategy for local and global category management and sourcing activities for a number of product categories and services within the Natural Colors Division.
  • *Facilitates supplier negotiations and management of supplier relationship activities adding value to the Natural Colors Division.
  • *Collaborates cross-functionally to establish and implement sourcing strategies.
  • *Assures close alignment with both local and global requirements.
  • Coordinates with international peer Sourcing Managers to ensure coordination when required.
  • Handles vendor, material and service management including vendor approval, performance evaluation, customer action requests (CAR) and audit documentation.
  • Develops and manages supplier portfolios and establish structured supplier relationships and aligns with Senior Management on strategic spends.
  • Undertakes direct and indirect category management and other sourcing activities by applying best-practice processes, tools, and techniques, in accordance with procurement governance, processes, standards and procedures.
  • Monitors supplier market profiles to identify opportunities within the marketplace.
  • Establishes and maintains preferred supplier lists, corporate contracts and framework agreements.
  • Proactively develops and manages internal stakeholder relations through periodic review meetings as well as high quality on ongoing activities.
  • Provides reports and manages information/data as required for sourcing / procurement and/or Corporate purposes.
  • Provides ready packages for procurement implementation.
  • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to read, write and speak English.
  • Must have strong negotiation and analytical skills.
  • Capable of challenging the conventional wisdom, be open-minded, innovative and self-confident in the face of resistance.
  • Possess good business acumen.
  • Knowledge of the sourcing process and tools related to direct and indirect spends.
  • APICS or CPM certification is preferred.
  • Possess a working knowledge in Microsoft Office programs and SAP.
  • Ability to work in an multinational environment with an international reporting line
  • Must be a self-starter who can work independently, but also within a global team environment.
  • These characteristics are normally acquired through a Bachelors degree in a business or scientific field and a minimum of 5 years of purchasing experience, preferably in the food manufacturing, food ingredients or agricultural industry.
  • Working Conditions

    Working environment is generally favorable and in an office setting. Lighting, temperature and noise levels are adequate. May require travel up to 15-20%.

    Physical Demands

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk, hear, use hands to finger, handle or touch objects, keyboard and occasionally lift up to 10 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

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    About Chr. Hansen

    Chr. Hansen is the world’s most sustainable food ingredients company and uniquely positioned to drive positive change through our microbial solutions, which touch the lives of more than 1 billion people every day. Over more than 145 years, we have worked to enable sustainable agriculture, cleaner labels and healthier living for more people around the world. We have come far on our journey, and delivered strong results, and as we continue to unlock the power of good bacteria through new technologies, there is so much more we can do.

    We are passionate about what we do because we know we can make a difference for people, animals and plants. And ultimately for our planet. It’s part of our culture, our history and our strategy.

    Our employees are at the heart of everything we do and the driving force enabling us to live our mission to pioneer microbial science to improve food, health and productivity in our endeavor to grow a better world. Naturally.

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