Title: Procurement Manager
Reports to: Supply Chain Director, Supply Chain
- Providing strategic direction
Develop and implement sourcing strategies for purchasing all goods and services for the Company's business, including products, materials, packaging, equipment, supplies, and assets sourcing from Japan domestic and overseas which are aligned and support the business unit strategies and deliver Total Delivered Cost (TDC), high quality and on time delivery.
- Deliver functional excellence
Lead and initiates supplier performance reviews with the internal stakeholders to measure and document performance levels, identify development areas, perform root cause analysis and establish corrective action plans for improved performance. Ensure items are purchased in accordance with established policies and procedures.
- New Products Launch support
Interface with cross function team such as marketing, R&D/commercialization, Packaging Engineer, Project Management Office, and Supply planning team to ensure development schedule compliance and new product readiness.
- Change management
Develop and/or enhance purchasing workflow processes to improve the cost and/or meet compliance requirements.
- Meet financial targets responsibilities
Lead cross functional groups to develop productivity program that deliver enablers savings and minimize PPV(Purchase Price Variances). Identify, select, and engage with suppliers to ensure competitive market advantage.
- Development of Procurement teams
Support our values by building/recruiting a highly skilled functional team.
Required Knowledge, Skills and ability:
- 5-10 years experience in managing procurement/purchasing and/or product merchandising in retail, wholesale or manufacturing companies. Experience in logistics and supply planning are preferable.
- Technical knowledge about purchasing, supplier management, contract management and formal RFQ/RFQ process for bidding
- Clear written communication skills both in Japanese and English; ability to put into writing information that has only one interpretation. Includes communications with international suppliers and markets where clarity and confirmation of understanding is essential.
- Oral communications skills: ability to both formally and informally present to peers and management; ability to develop logical arguments and voice them appropriately in all types of situations.
- Project management skills: ability to actively participate in and lead cross functional project teams (internal), and to manage cross supplier teams (external) for projects requiring multiple outside suppliers.
- Understanding of numerous product and packaging manufacturing processes in different product and packaging categories.
- Understanding of basic and fundamental knowledge of food manufacturing process.
- Understanding of commodities market volatility and dynamics.
- Deal effectively with ambiguous situations that are often ill-defined and where information is difficult to obtain.
- Ability to read and comprehend legal documents (contract) and identify areas or clauses.
- Ability to seek out and leverage internal and external resources to understand and resolve issues.
- Analytical skills to analyze complex financial and operational issues, including the ability to develop financial models and Key Performance Indicators.
- Effectively develop and manage direct reports.