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Nestle Marketing Procurement Lead in Seattle, Washington

Nestlé Coffee Partners is on a mission to elevate how our consumers experience coffee. With brands like Starbucks, Nescafe, Chameleon Cold-Brew, and Blue Bottle, our diverse product portfolio is brimming with rich and fulfilling opportunities for motivated individuals passionate about sharing their love of coffee and the moments it creates. Our Seattle office provides an inspiring and high-energy work environment that fuels our fast-paced growth, and our flexible, field-based positions across the country ensure that we're fully immersed and positioned to pioneer the coffee market. Across our organization, we're creating a workplace where collaboration is essential, courage is rewarded, speed is expected, and agility is the norm to delight our consumers every single day. Together, we'll brew remarkable things.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Marketing Procurement Lead will be responsible for partnering with our diverse marketing and brand management teams across all of the Nestle Coffee Partner brands. You will lead the procurement activities for the brand and marketing teams, by connecting them with Nestle’s global marketing procurement team. The procurement teams are located globally and are specialized by category – content, digital, etc.

By building fantastic relationships with the buying teams and the business brand teams you will facilitate this relationship: driving savings, innovation and new vendor opportunities.

In this role you will need to be great in an ambiguous environment, enjoy building and designing new processes, and quickly building strong rapport and relationships. You will work across indirect procurement categories, which include digital design/content agencies, temporary labor, Co-Manufacturing and consumer insights. As Nestle has a team of buyers, located in regional and global hubs, this role will work with the business and connect the brands in Seattle with the right global Nestle buyers.

We are seeking excellent communicators that thrive in optimizing CPG marketing vendor relationships. Candidates with a strong background in marketing procurement, or in marketing – in-house or within an agency – are preferred.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Understand business requirements and challenges; including priorities, must win battles and key value drivers. Transmit this understanding to the category management teams at the appropriate level so the category sourcing strategies and priorities are defined accordingly.

  • Confirm business objectives, challenges, projects, requirements and expectations are shared with the global and USA Procurement Teams to influence strategic planning, policies and procedures.

  • Evaluate context and stakeholder objectives and decide focus areas; align procurement resources behind the strategy.

  • Partner closely with key stakeholders at the VP & Director level in order to align on key metrics of the business or function in support of the Operational Master Plan (OMP).

  • Provide the business compelling category & sourcing insights & strategies.

  • Seek proactive feedback regarding sourcing activities to enable transformation and impact.

  • Own and measure cost & process improvement targets & projects. Communicate and report out to the business stakeholders and divisional BPs as appropriate. Monitor & periodically reassess.

  • Ensure information flow between the global and USA Procurement Teams to effectively deliver and influence business/function strategies.

  • Actively participate in ANA or other industry associations in order to glean relevant insights to help shape business strategies; actively build relationships with industry peers.

  • Lead the implementation of transformation projects and aligned sourcing strategies at business level, within the overall implementation plan of the aligned marketing sourcing strategy.

  • Build procurement strategy in support of the functional stakeholders in collaboration with procurement teams and relevant global or adjacent functions, such as Legal or Finance.

  • Secure alignment of key stakeholders, including success metrics.

  • Lead / conduct overall project and change management; lead and/or organize kick off & key milestone events with implementation teams and coordinate follow up activities with agencies and business participants.

  • Identify local ensure-supply risks and develop sustainable mitigation strategies.

  • Play an active role in Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) through the participation of key meetings, by ensuring right stakeholder engagement and through senior interactions with agencies where needed.

  • Ensure performance survey is completed by market stakeholders in support of Supplier Relationship Management (SRM).

  • Provide business updates to the SRM suppliers as required.

  • Indirect or Direct supervision / coaching of Procurement Specialists, contractors, and/or interns as required.

  • Other duties as assigned.

FINANCIAL/STRATEGIC IMPACT:

Business decisions will be based on research and analysis. Quality data and thoroughness of the analysis is required to ensure confidence in business decisions.

May be responsible for ensuring packaging material categories/sub-categories are purchased from approved vendors and may be accountable for value added, compliance, cost improvement and other performance metrics if Associate manages a small business.

REQUIREMENTS AND MINIMUM EDUCATION LEVEL:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum 5 years procurement or marketing agency background

  • Required proficiency in Microsoft Suite products, including but not limited to, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

SKILLS:

  • Candidate must be detail oriented and a self-starter

  • Proven ability to analyze and present findings in a clear and cohesive manner

  • Ability to work independently to identify and research relevant market, industry, and supplier information.

  • Capable of navigating through ambiguous situations and managing external vendor relationships

  • Ability to work collaboratively and support multiple sourcing initiatives

  • Ability to develop processes and/or to identify continuous improvements to help better coordinate activities

  • Must be exceptional relationship builder and stakeholder manager and have the ability to form and grow own networks

The Nestlé Companies are an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer seeking diversity in qualified applicants for employment. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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EOE M/F/D/V Nestle is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is looking for diversity in candidates for employment. All candidates must apply online at Nestlejobs.com

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