• Associate Sourcing Manager

    Job Locations US-IL-Elk Grove Village
    Posted Date 2 months ago(4/26/2018 11:31 AM)
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    Category Management
  • Overview

    Topco Associates is currently seeking an Associate Sourcing Manager (Salty Snacks and Spices) for the Center Store team in Elk Grove Village, IL.


    The Associate Sourcing Manager is responsible for developing and implementing the short term (day to day) and long term (2-3 year) strategic sourcing strategy for assigned categories measured by lowest total cost of ownership, maximum member participation, and  competitive position and profitability of Topco member companies.  They are also responsible for achieving individual and department goals (productivity, service levels, and other internal KPI’s) and working with their Program counterpart to drive value-added category results and innovation as measured by dollar Sales and member penetration. The Associate Sourcing Manager leads best practice sharing among peers, drives continuous improvement of the Procurement processes and leads cross-functional initiatives.  


    • Establish annual goals and objectives for assigned categories aligned to company/department objectives.
    • Develop strategic sourcing plan and supply chain actions including: locating new sources of supply, finding high quality and competitively priced products, utilizing e-sourcing tools to gather information and negotiate with supply base, identifying alternative specifications, identifying common specifications, aggregating member spend, contracting and/or introducing new technologies or techniques to drive savings or value to members.
    • Develop and document deep understanding of categories under management through comprehensive category plan and supply base strategy including Sourcing Segmentation Process.
    • Analyze market trends and conditions that affect suppliers, cost of goods, raw materials, pricing and the resulting impact to the business and the supply chain.
    • Effectively demonstrate this market expertise in Member interactions and project related communications to influence Member decision-making.
    • Respond to Member Requests demonstrating a high service level and low costs.
    • Demonstrate exceptional understanding of Member’s business issues and strong customer relationship management skills to support members.
    • Establish and maintain relationships with key suppliers in managed categories to ensure compliance with category plan including acquisition costs, vendor incentives, risk management, supply chain development, innovation, and continuous improvement.
    • Utilize annual business planning, business reviews and supplier scorecards.


    • Bachelors degree in supply chain management or related
    • 5 years or more of strategic sourcing or supply chain management experience
    • Superior negotiations skills
    • Strong supervisory skills
    • Strong written and verbal communications skills
    • Category management and supply base management competencies
    • Continuous improvement mindset and action
    • Ability to influence others to drive decision-making
    • Strong analytical skills; strategic thinking
    • Team player; influencer across stakeholders and at multiple levels
    • Experience with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
    • Willingness to travel 10 to 20% of the time on average


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