Cargill Buyer II in Sofia, Bulgaria

Buyer II

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.


Position Purpose

This position is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of Global & Regional category sourcing activities typically for multiple businesses with some complex sourcing requirements, including managing tactical sourcing processes, providing regional tactical sourcing support and planning, managing supplier events and relationships, and implementing sourcing strategies.

Principal Accountabilities

50% Manage/execute tactical sourcing processes

  • Leadopex & capex procurement activities for related categories including:

  • Working with the Category Leads and Regional Capex Execution Lead to understand the capex project pipeline, relevant to the Categories in scope

  • Gathering and performing complex analysis of internal spend data

  • Build strong network with regional business stakeholders (Operations, RE, MTL etc…)

  • Understanding business specifications/requirements from internal stakeholders

  • Supports the development and deployment of category toolkits and champions their use in capex projects.

  • Develop/manage/champion RFXs templates per category

  • Conduct tactical sourcing RFXs in line with Cargill CSSP eSourcing Policy, using Ariba as the system of choice

  • Collecting supplier bids and perform analysis of results based on TCO & qualitative measures

  • Assist or Lead negotiations for the designated categories

  • Drive capex driven P&L impact value for the relevant businesses

  • Use capex leverage opportunities to drive operational contracts & e-catalogue development

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

  • 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

  • Share & recognize success

50% Implement sourcing strategies and manage suppliers & agreements

  • Support Global & Regional category organization in the development and implementation of category strategies

  • Assist in obtaining forecasts, business critical customer requirements, local supply market insights and supplier capability insights.

  • Work with Global & Regional Category Leads to support development of sourcing strategies and identify opportunities for the category organization to support business requirements and sourcing support needs in the region.

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

  • Make suggestions for continuous improvement, to the Category Leads

  • Identify opportunities to refine vendor normalization and data enrichment in iAnalyze

  • 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

  • Manage the RFP process in their different formats (Ariba: RFXs, esourcing, etc) using available Toolkits developed by the category

  • Support the contract negotiation

  • Lead identified regional sub-category initiatives

  • Implement category strategies

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

  • Execute and operationalize new supply arrangements

  • Implementation of contracts across the region

  • Onboarding of Select Suppliers with support of the sub-regional PM&S resources

  • Support Cargill Business Services (CBS) operations team to review and maintain operational contracts in Ariba

  • Manage supplier relationship & performance

  • Provide input and support to the Category Leads, for Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) programs for identified suppliers in the region/business.

  • Lead / support renegotiation of existing regional Select Supplier Agreements, together with Category Leads

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

  • Act as second line (after sub-region) of escalation of supplier non-conformance issues (e.g. systemic quality, delivery 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.

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

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


Minimum 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

  • Competent understand of the goods / services that are being sourced

  • Strong negotiation skills

  • English fluent, other EMEA languages are a plus

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 BG-08-Sofia

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: SOF01443