Conagra Brands (http://www.conagrabrands.com/careers)
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.
Lead capital procurement sourcing initiatives for equipment, construction, and engineering services for assigned operational platforms in North America. This area represents approximately $300MM in purchasing across the ConAgra Brands’ organization. This role will lead the sourcing, negotiation and contracting in support of the annual capital investment plan for several manufacturing plants, including management of a multitude of construction contractors, engineering firms and equipment suppliers. Maintains relationships with suppliers for materials/services to include negotiation and enforcement of contract while maintaining high performance standards of delivery, quality expectations, and corrective actions. Leads cross functional project teams.
Lead sourcing, selection, negotiation and contracting on capital projects
Collaborate in cross functional teams with engineering, project management, operations and other internal stakeholders
Adhere to procurement policies and procedures
Draft Requests for Information (RFI), Requests for Proposal (RFP), and conduct associated analysis.
Provide innovative/alternative sourcing and supplier options/recommendations to meet financial budget requirements
Establish and lead supplier relationship management initiatives with the capital supply base to improve supplier performance, drive innovation and reduce costs.
Conduct research on market dynamics, cost drivers, supplier business models, and historical spend to enhance future negotiations
Resolve supplier and internal customer issues to ensure successful project delivery
Manage supplier relationships and track Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) to evaluate and report performance
Ensure continuity of services by working with high quality suppliers and managing supplier performance.
Development and maintenance of positive, productive, proactive relationships with a wide variety of suppliers, contractors and company personnel
The successful candidate will be a self-starter capable of performing independently while serving as a value added member to the Enterprise Procurement department and individual capital project teams. Primary performance objectives are to: 1) deliver the best total value matching price with schedule, quality, and service; 2) ensure proper procurement processes, requirements, and procedures are followed to mitigate risk to the corporation; and 3) provide procurement expertise to engineering, operations, and other internal stakeholders. 5+ yrs experience in procurement or related field
Strong background in construction and equipment procurement
Broad understanding of capital equipment and construction industry
Contract law knowledge, with the ability to analyze statements of work, engineering drawings and specifications
Strong negotiation skills with large purchases and complex technical specifications
Demonstrated ability to manage large competitions and single source acquisitions
Capable of independently managing multiple priorities, projects, and tasks
Excellent interpersonal, customer service, and problem solving skills
Self-starter with proven track record of implementing/executing complex projects
Analytical skills and creative thinker
Bachelor’s degree required; MBA or advanced degree desirable
Computer skills including Microsoft Office and ERP systems (SAP)
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.