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Strategic Sourcing Manager Fats & Oils Americas at Mars, Incorporated in Chicago, Illinois

Posted in Management 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

A mutually rewarding experience.

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.  What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

About Mars, Incorporated 

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.


Purpose of Role/ Key responsibilities

  • Develop and implement sourcing strategy that delivers ensured supply, maximizes value and delivers sustainability objectives for $60M spend in Fats and Oils portfolio in the region.

  • Collaborate with global category team including Sourcing, SQA, COPS, R&D and Sustainability on development and deployment of category strategy to leverage scale, identify alternative sourcing opportunities, and mitigate risk through strategic sourcing processes.

  • Partner with internal stakeholders and suppliers to deliver, value, continuous improvement, innovation and sustainability objectives.

  • Manage key supplier relationships utilizing Supplier Relationship Management tools and disciplines.

  • Lead the Mars Palm Sustainability Program in the region, develop and deliver Mars palm sustainable sourcing OGSM year on year through building sustainable business model & supply chains.

  • Applying appropriate price risk management tools across a range of materials. Manage the portfolio to deliver and achieve committed buying performance. Actively communicate updates & changes to S&F as part of the operating plan process, periodic and longer term financial planning.

  • Monitor and drive key supplier performance indicators across cost, service and quality, sustainability and put corrective activations in place and drive ongoing supply base development & optimization

  • Lead critical supply and supplier quality issues and come up with short term mitigation as well as long term continuous improvement/correction plan through cross function cooperation.

  • Driving commercial governance in line with commercial manual. Specifically in area of strategy, supply selection, business allocation and contract approvals and reviews.

  • Drives the application of wide range of sourcing tools (e.g. negotiation, e-procurement, supplier relation management, sustainable sourcing, responsible sourcing etc.) to select and allocate business to suppliers in line with category strategies

  • Establish and maintains relationship with key stakeholders to drive cross functional collaboration and gain support for long term category strategy development and execution

  • Decide and formalize supply and services contracts and ensure robust contractual terms and conditions in place

Principal Accountabilities

  • Responsible for the strategic sourcing of regional F&O portfolio including US and LATAM. Deliver the committed category and regional KRIs with speed and quality. Build the strong pipeline of the category performance for the region.

  • Work closely with Commercial Operations and SQA in order to drive category objectives in the region – value creation, sustainability, quality, supply security, innovation, etc

  • Development and management of strong supplier and internal customer relationships to achieve committed value to business.

  • Responsible for successful delivery of the Mars palm sustainability program in the region, development of sustainable supply chains in the region and support to global team with global solutions.

  • Deliver up to date market trends, market development information and analysis to drive business understanding of these markets and how best to utilize the capabilities of suppliers and industry developments to deliver a competitive advantage to Mars.  This includes leading creation and implementation of strategic supplier initiatives to deliver sustained competitive advantage.

  • Ensure supply chain security and contingency plans to secure business needs and provide recommendations/execute as appropriate.

Key Functional Skills/Knowledge

  • Proven experience in developing and implementing sourcing strategies.

  • Analyze, identify and manage market risks and opportunities;

  • Engage and energize the organization to create and implement breakthrough sourcing strategies

  • Effectively negotiate commercial terms and conditions; apply business law to create appropriate legal contracts; manage business, legal and intellectual property risk.

  • Effectively manage relationships with all internal and external stakeholders

  • Leverage supplier expertise and resources in order to bring innovative ideas, products and processes back to the business.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; both verbal and written including the ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization.

  • Ability to influence others not in direct span of control.

  • Excellent team working and interpersonal skills.

Required Experiences & Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, or related field.

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience working in procurement/sourcing field or related function.

  • Proven experience in developing and implementing sourcing strategies.

  • Experience of leading global/ regional projects is required

  • High people agility & learning agility

Preferred Experiences & Education

  • Experience in sourcing of vegetable oils.

  • Knowledge of commodity markets and price risk management tools

  • Experience in delivery of projects that drive big change


Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.