Category Lead - Specialty Chemicals at Cargill
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Category Lead - Specialty Chemicals

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Job ID 259117 Date posted 01/23/2023 Location : Wichita, Kansas | Blair, Nebraska | Wayzata, Minnesota

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Job Purpose and Impact

The Category Lead - Specialty Chemicals will serve as a domain specialist for the department, develop 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 chemicals, identify strategic category opportunities, develop an overall category management framework and lead execution by the buyers located around the world. You will solve complex problems and take 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 that include industry partners, suppliers and business stakeholders.
  • Use specialized depth and breadth of experience to lead and implement category management strategies for defined chemicals in alignment with global and regional dynamic business needs.
  • Lead major negotiations 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 engagement of senior stakeholders for alignment.
  • Develop solutions to complex problems in procurement strategies which requires the regular use of ingenuity and innovation and ensure solutions 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


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience
  • Confirmed financial, mathematical, modeling and analytical skills.
  • Experience in leading regional projects.
  • Experience in implementing supplier management programs with key suppliers including metrics, performance goals and improvement initiatives
  • Minimum of four years of related work experience
  • Other minimum qualifications may apply

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree or other post-secondary degree or an MBA
  • Six years experience in supply chain or procurement.
  • Strategic Sourcing Experience - Chemicals


Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

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