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Cargill Buyer in Wayzata, Minnesota


Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 155,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.


Position Purpose

This is an intermediate-level position within Cargill’s global Strategic Sourcing and Procurement team. The primary function of this position is to develop and lead category sourcing projects and assist with daily needs of a given category spend. These activities include but are not limited to; leading/supporting the strategic sourcing process, execution of national, regional, and/or local agreements to include bidding, negotiations, supplier selection/development, and contract management.

This position is responsible for executing supply contracts and other related work in a fast-paced environment to meet company goals. The Buyer II will coordinate activities with procurement, logistics, plant management, operations, R&D, and finance personnel to meet supply requirements. This role will have both data intensive and strategic/vision components to it and applicants should be well-versed in data manipulation in Excel/Access, building models, and setting a category vision with little to no direction.

Principal Accountabilities

60% Develop & execute sourcing strategies and projects

  • Develop detailed understanding of the current subcategory activity within Cargill, e.g. spend profile, supplier performance, industry innovations, best practices, benchmarking, and sharing.

  • Accountable for delivering on value goals for the sub-category and continuously finding ways to improve value delivery and improve efficiency.

  • Lead development and implementation of both capital & category projects down through business enterprises to the facilities. Manage communication, processes, issue resolution, and ongoing category management.

  • Provide leadership in driving projects to support a culture of innovation and continuous improvement

  • Develop and manage contracts and select supplier agreements

25% Supplier & Stakeholder Management

  • Utilize market intelligence, business operations, and spend data and analytics to refine sourcing strategies, inform suppliers of performance, and drive continuous improvement.

  • Develop and maintain Supplier Relationship Management and Key Performance Indicators for the Category and specific contracts. Escalation point for vendor performance and driving innovation.

  • Aligning and working with cross functional teams from Global Sub-Category Leads, COE, and Business Relationship Managers (BRM), to ensure the sourcing strategies and end-to-end process meet CSSP and Business objectives.

  • Develop and maintain alignment with stakeholders on priorities, business needs, defining value, key customer requirements, forecasted spend, innovation, etc. in the category.

  • Act as liaison for supplier payment inquiries as requested.

15% Procurement process and Systems

  • Lead and Manage RFX’s, Negotiations, Supplier Qualifications, Risk Assessments for sub-category.

  • Support Source-to-Pay processes for sub-category. Ensuring operational ERP contracts, catalogs, purchasing systems are up to date and requestors have the necessary information.

  • Clean and update data systems, spend analytics, contract management systems, compliance reporting to manage the sub-category.

  • Act as subject matter expert in Sourcing and Procurement for stakeholders and project teams.

  • Ensure requests are processed for procurement of materials and services.

Relocation will not be provided for this position.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain, Business, Finance, Engineering or related degree program

  • Category sourcing experience managing the 5-step sourcing process, internal & external spend and data analysis, negotiations, competitive bidding, benchmarking, implementation, and financial and compliance risk analysis, etc.

  • Experience helping to develop and execute category strategies for continuous improvement

  • Experience assisting with supplier relationship management and contract development and execution.

  • Experience in procurement systems, P2P Processes, and purchasing strategies.

  • Project and change management experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with Business Analytics Tools (Zycus), Ariba eSourcing and Contracts, Ariba Procure to X, SAP, PowerBI.

  • Manufacturing or logistics industry experience

  • Experience leading multi-functional teams of sourcing, engineers, and business stakeholders to develop and execute category projects

  • Experience of advanced principles, concepts and practices in following areas: procurement, computer-based inventory systems and manufacturing operations

Success Factors

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to think strategically and build relationships with internal and external customers

  • Strong communication (written and verbal), facilitation and presentation skills

  • Self-Starter

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Strategic Sourcing & Procurement

Primary Location US-MN-Wayzata

Other Locations US-KS-Wichita, US-NE-Blair

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: WAY07373