Cargill BUYER PLANT MATERIAL & SERVICES in Castelmassa, Italy


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.


This position is responsible for coordination of tactical sourcing activities typically for multiple businesses with some complex sourcing requirements, providing procurement support & planning, managing supplier events and relationships and lastly implementing the sourcing strategies.

Principal Accountabilities

50% Manage/execute tactical sourcing processes

  • Responsible for managing tactical sourcing process to select suppliers for procurement of non-contracted materials/goods, services and/or supplies which are considered local spend (as defined thru category alignment) including:

  • Gathering and performing complex analysis of internal spend data

  • Gathering specifications/requirements from internal stakeholders

  • Supports the creation of and validates requirements / statement of works / specifications

  • Development of supplier evaluation criteria

  • Researching local supplier options

  • Develop/manage RFP templates per sub category

  • Conduct tactical sourcing RFPs in line with Cargill CSSP eSourcing Policy

  • Collecting supplier bids and perform analysis of results (e.g. determining best value supplier from multiple supplier quotes)

  • Negotiating contract terms and conditions

  • Award the business

  • Maintain supplier lists / category cards

  • Execute on contract as per our legal standards – e.g. signing of contract adhering to correct Power of Attorney, alignment and agreement with CSSP legal on contract if deviations occur from standard template

  • Implement and manage new (tactical) supply arrangements and report on value delivery

  • Maintain & archive as per RIM policy agreement in Ariba to ensure proper supply & demand planning

  • Ensure contract owned are up to date to enable supply and demand as per the agreed terms & conditions

  • With approval, work with the category to buy materials/goods, services and/or supplies in excess of established boundaries & limits.

  • Lead and/or act as subject matter expert on multi-functional, local or regional project teams.

  • Works with buyers across businesses to coordinate complex tactical sourcing activities (e.g. major capital projects or other large spend areas) to leverage resources and increase value capture.

  • Deliver budgeted value for tactical sourcing

  • Teams up with peers in other sub-regions or regions to ensure a common way of working and the exchange of different experiences

10% Provide procurement support & planning

  • Alignment in category on (longer term) supply needs of the business:

  • gather and interpret complex information of business needs

  • conducts complex research and analysis (e.g. internal/external data from traditional and non-traditional/non-structured data sources)

  • apply in depth understanding of plant operations to provide specific forecasting of longer term supply needs

  • Obtain an in depth understanding of operations and business (critical) customer requirements (e.g. product development plans, marketing projections for new products, planned product line expansions, etc.)

  • Obtain an in-depth understanding of the business sourcing environment (e.g. suppliers, cost drivers, international market dynamics, geopolitical risk, import/export laws, etc).

  • Support local internal and external audits on procurement process topics

40% Implement sourcing strategies and manage suppliers & agreements

  • Support category organization in the development of category strategies

  • Assist in obtaining forecasts, business critical customer requirements, local supply market insights, supplier capabilities insights and responsible to manage local business stakeholders

  • Work with business stakeholders to develop sourcing strategies for unique category areas (e.g. business or location-specific sourcing priority or opportunity areas), and identify opportunities for the category organization to support business requirements and sourcing support needs

  • Work directly with the category organization to inform future regional/global strategies; act as subject matter expert on category driven projects.

  • Support the category organization in the execution of category strategies / strategic sourcing process

  • Assist in the development of supplier evaluation criteria

  • Research local supplier options

  • Support the RFP process

  • Support the contract negotiation

  • Implement category strategies

  • Alignment and implementation of strategic sourcing strategies across the sourcing lifecycle

  • Execute and operationalize new supply arrangements

  • Implementation of contract at location(s)

  • Onboarding of select suppliers at location(s)

  • Manage supplier relationship & performance

  • Responsible for relationship management for significant suppliers across region/business; independently develops and leverages existing supplier partnerships.

  • Consults buyers across business on complex aspects of tactical sourcing activities.

  • Contacts supplier and takes actions to research complex and significant variances with supplier contract terms and conditions (systemic quality or service problems, etc.).

  • Works with applicable plant/location staff to research and resolve complex supplier issues; works directly with the category organization as appropriate to find resolution.

  • Works with plant/location to develop capabilities of suppliers to enhance business continuity, drive value, innovation & sustainability

  • Establish and maintain on-going tracking mechanisms for complex performance metrics, reporting on value captured across different businesses.

  • Teams up with peers in other sub-regions or regions to ensure a common way of working and the exchange of different experiences

  • Accountability for budgeted value delivery within his area of influence


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant business experience; 3 years implementing procurement, trading or strategic sourcing related duties.

  • Interpersonal skills and ability to engage and communicate with internal and external stakeholders

  • Critical thinker with strategic perspective and results oriented mindset

  • Persuasive change agent capable of challenging conventional wisdom

  • Ability to work effectively and implement solutions in a team environment

  • Understanding of the operations, needs and requirements of key business and functions Experience with key suppliers and ability to develop beneficial relationships

  • Strong negotiation skills

  • English fluent

Preferred Qualifications

  • Project Management Experience

  • ERP (Enterprise Resource Program) knowledge, specifically in SAP SRM (Supplier Relationship Management Module), ECC (Enterprise Control Component) and MRP (Materials Resource Planning)

  • Manufacturing experience

  • Work experience in multi-countries environment

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 Italy-34-Castelmassa

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: CAS00249