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Strategic Buyer, North America, Indirect

Company: Beiersdorf Inc
Location: Stamford
Posted on: May 24, 2023

Job Description:

Caring for skin means caring for peopleAt Beiersdorf, we want to help people feel good about their skin - and our commitment goes far beyond caring for skin. For 140 years, we have developed innovative skin and body care products for well-known brands such as NIVEA, Eucerin, La Prairie, Hansaplast, and Labello. We act according to our purpose, WE CARE BEYOND SKIN, and take responsibility for our consumers, our employees, the environment, and society. Behind every brand, every product and every accomplishment are our more than 20,000 employees. It is for them that we live an inclusive culture of respect and trust that is strongly aligned with our values - CARE, COURAGE, SIMPLICITY and TRUST. We also embrace diversity by valuing the uniqueness of each individual and being committed to equal opportunities for all.A welcoming workplace that offers personal and professional growth for all individuals.At Beiersdorf, you'll find:

  • A welcoming workplace that fosters diversity, inclusion and belonging where every team member feels valued, respected, and supported
  • Nimble teams that enjoy challenging work and the ability to make an impact
  • A dynamic community of life-long learners that values acumen, aptitude and the ability to learn as well as hard skills and established expertise
  • A purpose-led company that cares about your personal and professional development with the right balance of structure and flexibility to thrive
  • A collaborative culture that leads with care, trust, simplicity and courage Unique benefits that consider the whole person.
    We understand that you have a life outside of work, and we support you with unique benefits including:
  • Generous and flexible PTO policy
  • Summer Friday hours
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Comprehensive Wellness and Benefits program
  • Cash Balance Plan (similar to a pension)
  • 401k match
  • Growing number of Employee Resource Groups or affinity groups - to foster meaningful connections and belonging with other colleagues
  • Dynamic work model - a hybrid of in-office collaboration and remote focused workdays Experience, skills and competencies that lend themselves to this role: We know that experience comes in all forms and we're not necessarily looking for individuals who can hit the ground running ('check all the boxes') but may bring a unique blend of competence and capabilities that can grow into a role and/or bring news skills to the team. OVERVIEW:Beiersdorf Inc. is seeking a passionate Strategic Buyer who will challenge the status quo to guide us in achieving excellence in the procurement Indirect Area, simplify our business processes, build trust with colleagues and partners, and show care to our customers and consumersThis position is responsible to provide procurement support for North America for Secondary packaging and Indirect Services needed at the right price, time and quality within the Beiersdorf Corporate Procurement Guidelines.RESPONSIBILITIES:Category Management
  • Conduct regular market & Spend analysis for the assigned categories
  • Develop, implement, and monitor local procurement category strategies for Indirect, and Secondary packaging spend defined as locally sourced by procurement.
  • Support the implementation of the Beiersdorf NA Supply Chain strategy as well as the Global Procurement strategy locallyProcurement Business Partnering
    • Work closely with internal & external partners to look for value opportunities. Identify, implement, and track cost saving initiatives.
    • Collaborate and shape specification with demand owners in terms of understanding business needs and reach consensus of best suppliers and cost-effective execution
    • Negotiate, contract with suppliers (prices, TCO, payment terms, quality levels, etc.) along an indirect and secondary packaging roadmap towards objectives agreed with the demand owner(s) or set by local or regional initiatives
    • Continuously monitoring the related activities for opportunities to maximize Procurement value contributionProcurement Processes & Systems
      • Research, identify and maintain supplier pools for various assigned Indirect and secondary packaging spend categories
      • Lead, analyze and present results of tenders, including pitch process timeline, RFI/RFQ and supplier evaluation.
      • Negotiate, review, and maintain contracts using local & globally supported procurement levers while adhering to Corporate Procurement Compliance requirements
      • Ensure proper maintenance of Category spend data in SAP and that KPIs reflect contractual terms for own category, contracts, and suppliers
      • Develop best practices, standard documents, and tools for assigned categories.
      • Responsible for end-to-end Procurement Activities in assigned categories incl. tender/negotiation, contracting, and approvals within own value limits (shopping cart approval, contract release)
      • Manage multiple projects simultaneously with very short deadlines.Supplier Management
        • Ensuring proper supplier selection (e.g., financial health, process knowhow, etc.) to minimize supply risks for the affiliates of BDF
        • Actively managing supplier relationships to ensure suppliers are able and willing to fulfill BDF supply requirements
        • Responsible to conduct Ariba Supplier evaluations of the NA Team in the system as well as facilitate the related process.Procurement Local Key User:
          • Serve as the primary point of contact for all SRM and SAP related matters from a procurement view
          • Serve as the primary point of contact for all SRM/SAP related inquiries from local users.
          • Ensure that all users are trained on how to properly use BDF Purchasing orders systems
          • Develop and maintain reports related to SRM/SAP users' usage and their accesses.
          • Assist with the testing and implementation of new BDF systems changes, upgrades, or enhancements.
          • Troubleshoot Procurement issues related to the SRM/SAP, escalate issues as needed, and follow up to ensure timely resolution.
          • Host Office hours to provide transactional support and guidance on BDF Purchasing orders Systems to all the users and help solve any related questions or issues.
          • Work closely with other Procurement LKUs from different Regions to drive continuous improvementREQUIREMENTS:
            • Bachelor's Degree in business / management or equivalent
            • 4 - 6 years strategic purchasing experience, preferred experience with secondary packaging and Indirect services.
            • services Experience in Consumer-Packaged Goods or related field a plus.
            • Demonstrable use of best in class sourcing tools and techniques (RFI, RFQ, category analysis and market research)
            • Proven experience in negotiating, contract review, supplier management principles and project management
            • Ability to work well within a cross-functional team.
            • Must demonstrate initiative, attention to detail and poses excellent communication skills.
            • Must be proficient in Microsoft suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
            • Time management and organizational skills required. Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects.
            • Knowledge of SRM/SAP/ERP systems desirable
            • Ability to travel up to 10% ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONAt Beiersdorf, we embrace Diversity and aim to provide equal opportunities to all of our applicants - regardless of e.g. gender, sexual identity, nationality, ethnicity, religion or ideology, disability or age. We would therefore kindly ask you to include only information and data in your documents which are relevant for the assessment of your application (e.g. curriculum vitae with relevant references and certificates). For instance, please feel free to upload your CV without a picture. Beiersdorf North America Company Culture Highlights
            • Winner of Comparably's Award for Best Sales Team 2023
            • Winner of Comparably's Award for Best Company Compensation 2022
            • Winner of Comparably's Award for Happiest Employees 2022
            • Winner of Comparably's Award for Best Company for Diversity 2022
            • Beiersdorf North America is ranked in the top 5% of companies for CEO rating on Comparably
            • Beiersdorf North America is ranked in the top 10% of companies for Leadership rating on ComparablyCheck us out on Comparably: Having trouble applying? Go to to search our careers page. Beiersdorf is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Keywords: Beiersdorf Inc, Stamford , Strategic Buyer, North America, Indirect, Professions , Stamford, Connecticut

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