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Specialist, Procurement Category Mgt (Ingredients Buyer)

United States, Ohio, Solon
30003 Bainbridge Road (Show on map)
December 08, 2023

Foods people love. Brands people trust. And a career that nourishes your future like no other.

If you're driven by the passion to do something meaningful that changes lives, Nestle is the place for you. Nestle USA is one of seven operating companies that make up Nestle's presence in the United States. We're in 97% of American homes, and as the leading food and beverage company, our goals are to continue to deliver quality food and beverage products, strengthen our local communities, and reduce our environmental and climate impact.

We're determined to challenge the status quo and be better tomorrow than we are today. As individuals and teams, we embrace our entrepreneurial culture and have created a workplace where collaboration is essential, courage is rewarded, speed is expected, and agility is the norm to delight our consumers every single day. Here, you will find limitless opportunities to learn and advance your career and feel empowered to succeed in the workplace and beyond. Because our focus is not only on nourishing our customers, but also about enriching you.

This position is not eligible for Visa Sponsorship.

The Procurement Category Buyer is responsible for creating and executing a Category Strategy for each assigned category, based on business objectives, and understanding of the supply market using the 7 steps to strategic sourcing process. This role involves ensuring Business Continuity Plans (BCPs) for materials, identifying cost savings initiatives, developing strategic relationships with suppliers, facilitating innovation opportunities, making contracting decisions, conducting negotiations, and reducing Nestle's total cost of ownership. The Procurement Category Buyer also plays a crucial role in maintaining a strong understanding of Purchase Price Variance, representing it in monthly meetings with Business Partners and Procurement Leaders, managing supply incidents, and driving improvements in on-time delivery and quality through Vendor Evaluation Scorecard conversations.

Job Duties/Deliverables:

  • Develop and execute a Category Strategy for each assigned category, aligning with business objectives and utilizing the 7 steps to strategic sourcing process.
  • Build and maintain strategic relationships with suppliers, fostering collaboration and innovation.
  • Identify and carry out cost savings initiatives to bring value to the business.
  • Ensure Business Continuity Plans (BCPs) are in place for materials within the assigned categories.
  • Identify and present innovation opportunities from suppliers to Procurement Business Partners and i2L specialists to drive innovation.
  • Conduct RFPs and negotiations with suppliers to achieve the most favorable price, incoterm and payment terms to reduce Nestle Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), make contracting decisions accordingly.
  • Maintain a strong understanding of Purchase Price Variance for assigned categories and represent it in monthly meetings with Business Partners and Procurement Leaders.
  • Collaborate with factory supply chain teams and suppliers to minimize or eliminate disruptions to contracted supply.
  • Initiate Vendor Evaluation Scorecard conversations and drive for improvements in on-time delivery and quality with suppliers.
  • Stay updated on market trends, industry best practices, and regulatory requirements related to the assigned categories to reduce and communicate risk and understand price changes.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including Finance, Legal, and Quality Assurance, to ensure compliance and alignment with company policies and standards.
  • Develop understanding of sustainability initiatives and impacts of suppliers to help Nestle achieve the goal on Green House Gas reductions (GHG).

Critical Experiences/Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management, Economics, or a related field.
  • Proven experience in strategic sourcing, procurement, or supply chain management.
  • Understanding of procurement processes, category management, and supplier relationship management.
  • Basic negotiation skills
  • Ability to analyze data, identify trends, and make data-driven decisions.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build and maintain relationships with internal stakeholders and suppliers.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficiency in using SAP, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, PowerBI


It is our business imperative to remain a very inclusive workplace.

To our veterans and separated service members, you're at the forefront of our minds as we recruit top talent to join Nestle. The skills you've gained while serving our country, such as flexibility, agility, and leadership, are much like the skills that will make you successful in this role. In addition, with our commitment to an inclusive work environment, we recognize the exceptional engagement and innovation displayed by individuals with disabilities. Nestle seeks such skilled and qualified individuals to share our mission where you'll join a cohort of others who have chosen to call Nestle home.

The Nestle Companies are an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer seeking diversity in qualified applicants for employment. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, gender, gender identity, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, perceived disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status, as defined by applicable law. Prior to the next step in the recruiting process, we welcome you to inform us confidentially if you may require any special accommodations in order to participate fully in our recruitment experience. Contact us at accommodations@nestle.com or please dial 711 and provide this number to the operator: 1-800-321-6467.

This position is not eligible for Visa Sponsorship.