• Sourcing Manager

    Job Locations US-IL-Elk Grove Village
    Posted Date 1 month ago(7/17/2018 5:50 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Category Management
  • Overview

    Topco Associates is currently seeking a Sourcing Manager for the Center Store Frozen team in Elk Grove Village, IL.


    The Sourcing Manager is responsible for leading both the short term (day to day) and long term (2-3 year) strategic sourcing strategy and execution for their categories. They are responsible for ensuring that their categories are delivered to the member at a total lowest cost of ownership, achieve maximum member participation, and enhance the competitive position and profitability of Topco member companies.  The Sourcing Manager is responsible for achieving department goals (productivity), and working with their program counterpart to drive value added category results and innovation.  This position may also lead a team of 1 – 2 associates.  The Sourcing Manager is also responsible for leading best practice sharing among their peers, driving continuous improvement of the Procurement processes and leading cross functional initiatives.  The Sourcing Manager will manage $110MM to $180MM in Procurement spend.


    • Project Planning and Execution: Establish annual goals and objectives that are aligned to company/department objectives. Develop and refine procurement strategies with the goal to make optimum sourcing decisions.  This includes 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.  Support sourcing lead as necessary in developing category supply chain strategy, setting category goals, budgeting and measuring against established budgets and goals.
    • Category Expertise: Develop and maintain deep understanding of categories under management. Analyze market trends and conditions that affect suppliers, cost of goods, raw materials, pricing and the resulting impact of the business and the supply chain.   Effectively demonstrate this market expertise in member interactions and project related communications to influence member decision-making.
    • Member Experience: Keep internal organization focused on delivering high quality services and low costs to members on time. Demonstrate exceptional understanding of member’s business issues and strong customer relationship management skills to support members.
    • Supplier Management: Establish and maintain relationships with key suppliers in managed categories to ensure compliance with category program(s) including timely and accurate acquisition costs, order management, customer management and risk management. Periodically, prepare and issue Supplier Management Scorecards.
    • Leadership:  Demonstrate leadership competency skills including short and long range supply chain category strategies, talent and team development (if applicable), strong business acumen, influencing and change management.
    • All other duties as assigned



    • Bachelor's Degree in an analytical, supply chain or business discipline


    Technical skills:

    • Superior Negotiations skills.
    • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
    • Highly developed analytical skills, including vast experience with MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint
    • Ability to influence others to drive decision-making
    • Demonstrated ability to conduct detailed market/supplier research and analysis
    • Ability to work virtually if necessary (from home or while traveling) with little or no oversight from direct manager

    Previous Experience:

    5+ years or more of sourcing categories; supervisory experience a plus


    Other Qualifications:

    Willingness to travel 10% to 20% of the time on average


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