Cargill Sub Category Lead Ingredients in Schiphol, Netherlands

Sub Category Lead Ingredients

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 150,000 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.


Job location(s): Manchester/Hereford (UK), Nantes (FR), Schiphol (NL), Mechelen (BE)

Cargill Strategic Sourcing & Procurement (CSSP) is a global indirect procurement organization with 800 employees. CSSP has regional groups in North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific that are implementing new sourcing strategies to support Cargill businesses. We are organized around 5 categories: Chemicals & Energy, Food Ingredients, Packaging, Plant Materials & Services, and Corporate Materials & Services.

As Strategic Sourcing Sub Category Lead Ingredients, your mission is to create tangible value through leading sourcing and category management efforts for designated Ingredients subcategories.

The Ingredients Sub Category Lead will focus predominantly on Ingredients subcategories. It can evolve into a position with extended exposure into both Ingredients and Packaging categories. The scope of the role is the EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa) region with opportunity to manage some global Categories and Suppliers.

You will be part of the EMEA Packaging and Ingredients Team. And you work in a virtual team of peers throughout Europe.

Major Tasks

You will be in charge of managing /- US$ 50 MM spend across different subcategories (Breadings & Coatings, Starches, Flavours, Frying Oils, Hydrocolloids……).

25% - Category Expertise:

  • Develop and maintain deep expertise in the assigned Ingredients sub-category areas: Market dynamics (raw material supply and demand), supplier economics, basic manufacturing process, industry benchmarks, etc.

  • Develop detailed understanding of the Ingredients activity within Cargill: spend profile, supplier performance, volume forecast and demand evolution, specifications, recipe use, etc.

40% - Value Capture and Category Management:

  • Determine where sourcing can have greater involvement and drive value. Ensure intimate understanding of the Business and Customer needs

  • Develop and update 3 year strategic plan. Align with the Business from planning to execution and implementation at the plant level

  • Lead regional category effort and support global initiatives:

  • Challenge need and specifications

  • Lead tenders and negotiations

  • Keep track of Ingredients raw material and market commodity moves. Provide quarterly information to the business on potential impact. Recommend and Take action on risk management and hedging options.

  • Develop Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) program including cost out, innovation and sustainability initiatives

  • Monitor supplier performance through Service Level Agreements together with Procurement Team

  • Set-up regional contracts and cascade communication

  • Engage and coordinate with Stakeholders (R&D, Production, Logistics…) and Suppliers to execute strategies

  • Deliver hard savings and additional value for the business and the customers

25% - Continuous improvement and Project Management

  • Ensure stakeholder alignment and engagement across the entire sourcing lifecycle

  • Manage Supplier and Cargill operations to accelerate implementation

  • Define, deploy and maintain best practices along the entire lifecycle

10% - Procurement and Supply-Chain support

  • Resolve escalation of Operational Issues


  • Advanced degree in Business, Procurement or Agricultural Economics

  • 7 years of working experience, 3 years relevant experience in Raw Materials or Ingredients Procurement - Risk Management and Commodity Hedging experience is a major plus

  • Strong commercial and negotiation skills

  • Strong analytical, business process analysis and problem solving capabilities. Strategic thinker.

  • Strong resilience and interpersonal skills with ability to engage, communicate and influence internal and external stakeholders

  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks, coordinate initiatives in a virtual team environment, meet deadlines and make decisions that impact business results

  • Track record of success in leading and managing regional sourcing projects and coordinating global initiatives

  • Strong written and verbal communication.

  • Fluent in English, FR is an asset

  • Ability to travel 20% mainly in Europe

Our Offer

In return for your expertise and commitment, we will provide a fast paced stimulating international environment, which will stretch your abilities and channel your talents. We also offer competitive salary and benefits combined with outstanding career development opportunities in one of the largest and most solid private companies in the world.

Interested? Then make sure to send us your CV and cover letter in English today.

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Job Strategic Sourcing & Procurement

Primary Location France-Pays de la Loire-Nantes

Other Locations United Kingdom-ENG-Hereford, Netherlands-NH-Schiphol, United Kingdom-ENG-Manchester, Belgium-VAN-Mechelen

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: NAN00752