Director of Strategic Sourcing and Continuous Improvement


Fresno, CA

Industry: Business Services


11 - 15 years

Posted 269 days ago

  by    Contessa Petrini

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This position will oversee the procurement of assigned raw materials to support our manufacturing of various food products. The Director of Strategic Sourcing and Continuous Improvement leads the entire Request for Proposal (RFP) development process including planning, managing, and executing proposals for raw materials. This position will be a cross-functional cost leadership role which will interact with procurement, finance manufacturing, quality assurance, product development, sales and marketing and engineering, to maximize overall cost efficiency to drive margin growth.

Description of Responsibilities:

  • Manage the execution of RFPs from beginning to end.
  • Review and negotiate applicable raw materials for selected RFP?s.
  • Lead supplier negotiations in the RFP process.
  • Analysis of risk in developing strategies to procure commodity based raw materials to achieve our objectives to be the low-cost producer in each category.
  • Cost modeling for value engineering on packaging and formulation; working with Quality and Engineering to achieve cost efficiencies.
  • Continually optimize the transportation/logistics unit costs and network structure in managing freight costs.
  • Interact with Quality Assurance (QA) regarding raw material specifications and usage approval.
  • Achieve an understanding of commodities and how to procure to meet our objectives.
  • Achieve an understanding of packaging and how to procure to meet our objectives.
  • Maintain a viable and competitive vendor base.
  • Maintain a competitive transportationnetwork to support logistics.
  • Understand customer sales forecasts in procuring raw ingredients and packaging to meet sales needs.
  • Interact with Quality Assurance (QA) regarding raw material specifications and usage approval.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors in Business Administration or a related field is required.
  • Minimum of 10 years?experience in supply chain/Procurement in a multi-plant, multi-segment manufacturing industry in the Food Industry.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading a change management program, with specific experience in centralizing Procurement activities and developing related systems/processes/KPIs essential.
  • Minimum of 10 years in managing RFPs from beginning to end.
  • Experience at a more entrepreneurial and fast-paced company preferred.
  • Experience with strategic sourcing, total cost, including total cost of ownership, life-cycle costs, scenario planning and category and risk management.
  • Strong background with budgeting, scheduling and vendor management.
  • Exceptional negotiating abilities.
  • High level of proficiency with MicrosoftExcel (e.g. Pivot Tables, VLOOKUPs, mid-level formulas) and PowerPoint (i.e. proficient creation of content for negotiations and internal executive briefings)
  • Understanding of logistics including third party logistics, freight analysis and management.
  • Proven leadership/management skills with a demonstrated ability to lead people and get results through others. Business acumen skills.
  • Management skills, including the ability to organize and manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Strong organizational, planning, problem-solving, and analytical skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Employee training and development abilities.
  • Ability to develop high performance teams to achieve department objectives.
  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm.
  • Competence in duties and tasks of supervised employees.
  • Experience with cloud purchasing RFP software is beneficial.
  • Experience with using E-sourcing tools to manage projects, contracts, RFX, and reverse auction, and to perform linear decision analysis.

Job Type: Full-time


  • third party logistics: 1year
  • Negotiation: 1year
  • food industry: 1year
  • Managing RFP's: 1year
  • supply chain: 1year
  • management/leadership: 1year


  • Bachelor's

Job Location:

  • Fresno, CA