Sr. Director Procurement Finance - Military veterans preferred

Conagra Brands (


  full-time   employee

United States

Conagra Brands has the most energized, highest-impact culture in food. Our people persistently challenge and disrupt marketplace/business conventions and we are respected for our great brands, great food, great margins and consistent results. Conagra Brands, be part of building something BIG.
Job Summary
This position:
Partners with all levels of Procurement, Procurement Leadership, other Supply Chain Finance functions, Research & Development Leadership and Supply Chain Leadership to ensure external financial reporting, management reporting, cost savings, internal controls, working capital targets and risk management objectives relating to Procurement Finance are achieved. Also, partners directly with all levels of Business and Business Finance.
Partners with the business to provide effective/efficient management reporting, inflation guidance/outlooks, integrated margin management support and assistance/advice supporting sound financial decisions.
Directs and leads strategic financial initiatives relating to Procurement Finance including developing and implementing changes to the financial systems and processes as determined necessary.
Develops, directs and evaluates accounting guidance, internal controls, financial plans and policies for Procurement.
Leads efforts to effectively promote and incorporate best practices and benchmarks to continually improve processes and efficiencies.
The following are considered the key criteria for this role (not listed in order of importance):
Procurement/Procurement Finance Background
Business Partnering Experience
Ability to Lead/Leadership Potential
Commodity Trading/Derivatives Knowledge (operational & accounting)
Presentation Skills/Executive Presence
Experience with Integrated Margin Management
Technology Agility
Ability to influence up, down and across organization
Supply Chain or Supply Chain Finance Background
Process Improvement Skillset/Mindset
Willingness to analyze, execute and/or manage the details when needed
Ability to deliver unfavorable news
Talent Management/People Management Experience
Learning Agility/Intellectual Curiosity
Position Responsibilities
Responsible for internal controls, external financial reporting (evaluation of risk management activities, derivatives, procurement contract reviews, etc.), management reporting (market inflation, sourcing, materials productivity, etc.), all procurement financial planning (forecasts, annual operating plan, strategic plan, etc.) in coordination with the Chief Procurement Officer and the Procurement Leadership Team.
Responsible for being the finance leader for all connections within the Integrated Margin Management processes/systems/etc. from a Procurement/Supply Chain perspective. This is inclusive of supporting pricing actions by working directly with the brands and the Pricing Team.
Manage cost savings (sourcing & materials productivity) process/reporting with monthly reviews to identify plan gaps and action plans with Chief Procurement Officer and Supply Chain Leadership Team.
Lead preparation/evaluation of monthly and quarterly business reviews including analysis of coverage/open positions, market inflation, cost savings opportunities and multiple other variables that can impact procurement operations and overall business results.
Position Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, Supply Chain or related field
15 years of related experience, preferably in consumer packaged goods industry
Direct Procurement Finance, Derivatives, Procurement, Commodity Market experience required
Understanding of Materials Procurement, Risk Management, Procurement Operations required
MBA, CPA, CMA preferred, but not required
Knowledge of financial derivatives and hedging strategies preferred
Strong fundamental knowledge and understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
Experience identifying, improving and maintaining internal controls
Ability to manage and make recommendations for efficiencies with systems and tools, such as SAP, Right Angle and supporting applications
Experience effectively working across multiple departments to complete a project or resolve an organizational challenge
Experience accurately forecasting/planning in a given area and understanding the key drivers
Ability to leverage analytics, benchmarking, and insights to generate meaningful strategies and solutions
Proven ability to self-motivate in a fast paced environment, ability to deal with ambiguity, change and a dynamic business environment
Background and experience in P&L management, along with knowledge of financial systems
Proven ability to develop strong relationships and partnerships with internal customers, peers and effectively manage those relationships
Demonstrated critical thinking skills, including leveraging analytics, benchmarking, and insights to generate meaningful strategies and solutions.
Actively communicate changes to business partners by providing specific, actionable and forward-looking commentary on the various changes as well as guidance on potential risk
Lead month-end/quarter-end close activities to ensure completion of assigned tasks, effectiveness of internal controls, identification and resolution of unusual items and issues in a timely manner
Create a winning team through effective leadership, talent management and team member development
Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
Conagra Brands is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, pregnancy, leave status, disability, veteran status, genetic information and/or any other characteristic or status protected by national, federal, state or local law.