Smithfield Foods

  • Associate Strategic Sourcing Manager

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  • Overview

    Are you an ambitious, multi-tasker who can solve problems in a fast-paced environment that loves BACON?” Then you should join us in growing one of America’s top 25 consumer packaged goods companies, Smithfield Foods!  The Supply Chain team is looking for motivated professionals to facilitate the distribution of our great products to customers and consumers. 


    The Associate Strategic Sourcing Manager is responsible for the strategic procurement of various categories for Smithfield Foods. This role will partner with cross functional stakeholders and suppliers to develop category strategies that deliver value for money, ensure supply chain continuity, measurable cost efficiencies, innovation and world class sourcing support to the organization. This role will leverage procurement expertise, risk management and relationship management skills.


    • Utilizes strategic sourcing methodology to develop category strategies, source, negotiate contracts and manage suppliers to deliver total lowest cost materials, ensure speed to market, value creation and mitigate the supply risks. Intimately understands the category markets and cost drivers and develops annual budgets for the Region.
    • Collaborate with other Smithfield operating groups on synergies to drive optimal value to the organization
    • Proactively works with suppliers to ensure the delivery of continuous improvement and technology which ultimately leads to competitive advantage and working capital reduction opportunities.
    • Serves as the primary point of contact for cross-functional partners across the organization, relative to sourcing activity: Quality, Innovation, Packaging, Productivity, Coman/Copacker Team, Business Management Team, Finance, Product Supply and Procurement Operational Team.
    • Work closely with operations and tactical purchasing teams to identify cost reduction programs
    • Work together with Quality Assurance and Regulatory to ensure all product is in compliance with all requirements
    • Under the direction of management, develops and executes category sourcing strategies, including development and execution of RFI’s and RFP’s, documents bid events through correspondence to suppliers; develops selection criteria; conducts supplier negotiations and ongoing supplier management.
    • Actively seeks ways to streamline business processes; researches and provides information on industry category trends and best practices.
    • Drives tracking and reporting for assigned spend areas; assists with tracking mechanics and supplier key performance indicators.
    • Performs data analysis and cost input tracking
    • Cultivates team morale, motivation, and loyalty through continuous training and mentorship, proving clear communication and constructive feedback


    • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university business, economics, engineering, supply chain or related discipline and 3+ years of relevant experience.
    • Experience acting as a lead by providing training, guidance or mentoring to less experienced staff or managing processes and projects, preferred
    • Experience with eSourcing tools
    • Excellent PC skills: MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), SAP
    • Knowledge of P&L and YOY cost savings metrics
    • Progressive experience utilizing strategic sourcing methodology
    • Identify and develop a supply base
    • Forecast price volatility leveraging market indicators (macro and micro), define means to protect the business against the volatility and manage variance
    • Ability to demonstrate proven results with contract reading, writing and negotiation
    • Strong project management skills in support of cross functional team activities
    • Strong communication skills, verbal and written
    • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment
    • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment
    • Must be willing to travel a minimum of 20%


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