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Category Lead - Flexibles

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Job ID 224202 Date posted 08/05/2022 Location : Wichita, Kansas | Wayzata, Minnesota

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Job Purpose and Impact

The Category Lead, Flexible Packaging will serve as a domain specialist for the department developing procurement strategies to optimize cost, rationalize the supply base and bring value to the corporation while mitigating risk. In this role you will develop new techniques and standards to maximize profitability for a category of packaging by identifying strategic category opportunities, risk management, developing an overall category management framework and leading execution by the buyers located around the world. You will be charged with solving complex problems taking a broad perspective to identify innovative solutions.

Key Accountabilities

  • Develop and maintain category expertise, serve as consultant to management, cultivate positive relationships with external and internal stakeholders, including industry partners, suppliers and business stakeholders.
  • Use specialized depth and breadth of experience to lead and implement category management strategies for defined packaging in alignment with global and regional dynamic business needs.
  • Lead major negotiations with global suppliers and workshops with key suppliers and contractors and serve as source for the organization on major matters pertaining to its policies, plans and objectives.
  • Lead the communication of category management vision and objectives internally and externally by engaging senior stakeholders for alignment.
  • Develop solutions to complex problems in procurement strategies including innovation and sustainability, which requires the regular use of ingenuity while ensuring solution are consistent with organization objectives.
  • Coach our buying teams in delivering coherent and successful action plan.
  • Independently handle complex issues with minimal supervision, while escalating only the most complex issues to appropriate staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of four years of related work experience
  • Experience in leading regional and/or global projects and suppliers
  • Experience in implementing supplier management programs with key suppliers including metrics, performance goals and improvement initiatives
  • Experience in establishing global supply chains


  • Master's degree or other post-secondary degree or an MBA
  • Six years experience in supply chain or procurement
  • Experience working in a sustainable procurement
  • Technical knowledge in packaging technology
  • Confirmed financial, mathematical, modeling and analytical skills
  • Financial risk management capabilities

Cargill highly encourages vaccinations but does not mandate at this time.  Upon hire, you will be asked to provide your vaccination status, and if unvaccinated or if you choose not to disclose, you would be expected to follow Cargill’s safety protocols for unvaccinated employees (i.e., mask mandates, and social distancing).

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

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