Our client, a dynamic and industry-leading food manufacturing company, is actively seeking a highly accomplished professional to join our executive team as the Vice President of Procurement, with heavy experience in sourcing and working with proteins. Committed to excellence and innovation, we are dedicated to delivering high-quality food products to our consumers. The successful candidate will lead our procurement team with a focus on proteins, playing a key role in shaping our strategic sourcing initiatives.
As the Vice President of Procurement (Proteins), you will be instrumental in driving the procurement strategy for protein-based raw materials critical to our diverse product portfolio. We are seeking an experienced leader who can navigate the complexities of the protein supply chain, negotiate advantageous contracts, and cultivate strong relationships with suppliers.
Strategic Procurement Leadership:
- Develop and execute a comprehensive procurement strategy specifically tailored to protein sourcing.
- Collaborate with cross-functional teams to align procurement activities with production demands and market trends.
Protein Supplier Relationship Management:
- Identify, evaluate, and negotiate contracts with protein suppliers to ensure a consistent and high-quality supply.
- Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with key protein suppliers, fostering collaboration and responsiveness.
Cost Management for Proteins:
- Drive initiatives to optimize protein procurement costs without compromising quality.
- Monitor protein market trends, identifying opportunities for cost savings and efficiency improvements.
Risk Management in Protein Procurement:
- Develop and implement risk mitigation strategies specific to the protein supply chain.
- Stay informed about factors affecting the protein industry, such as global market dynamics and regulatory changes.
Protein Quality Assurance:
- Collaborate with quality assurance teams to establish and maintain rigorous standards for protein sourcing.
- Implement processes to ensure the consistent quality of protein-based raw materials.
Compliance and Ethics:
- Ensure protein procurement practices comply with relevant laws, regulations, and ethical standards.
- Champion sustainable and socially responsible protein sourcing practices.
- Continuously evaluate and enhance protein procurement processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
- Integrate technology solutions to streamline protein sourcing operations.
- Lead, mentor, and develop a high-performing procurement team with a specific focus on proteins.
- Foster a collaborative and innovative team culture.
- Bachelor's degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, or a related field.
- Proven experience (10 years) in a senior procurement role within the food manufacturing industry, with a focus on proteins.
- Strong negotiation skills and a track record of successfully managing relationships with protein suppliers.
- In-depth knowledge of protein procurement best practices, market trends, and regulatory requirements.
- Exceptional leadership and communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and execute strategic initiatives.
- Familiarity with sustainability and ethical sourcing practices, particularly in the protein sector.