Business Partner Associate (Procurement Project Manager)

Nestle Seattle , WA 98113

Posted 1 week ago

Nestl and Starbucks are bringing together the world's most iconic coffee brands. Starbucks' robust product portfolio celebrates coffee with rich tradition customer experience is paramount. Coupled with Nestl's mission to enhance the quality of consumers' lives and contributing to a healthier future, this strategic alliance will create career opportunities that will drive innovation and go-to-market strategies, bringing the best coffee to customers around the world.

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Nestl Starbucks Alliance!


You will be responsible for interfacing with business owners such as marketing and brand managers, and our global marketing and indirect services procurement teams. You need to be great in an ambiguous environment, enjoy building and designing new processes, and quickly build strong rapport and relationships.

This role manages the merger of the two companies from a procurement and contractual perspective. We need to move vendors onto new contracts, renegotiating, and delivering savings. You will be supporting the business to keep achieving fantastic growth and delighting our customers by ensuring we have great marketing agencies set up to work with us, and that we are connecting the coffee business with all of our marketing procurement teams globally.

You will work across indirect procurement categories, which include digital design/content agencies, temporary labor, co-manufacturing, consume insights.

Nestle has a team of buyers, located in regional and global hubs. The role of a business partner is to connect the business in Seattle with the right buyer, and to represent the coffee business in procurement circles.


  • Ensure early Procurement involvement in event management projects and Nestl Product Development and Introduction (NPDI).

  • Serve as Procurement lead on NPDI projects and share requirements of projects with Category Management Team.

  • Serve as Procurement lead on COE projects and inform management of scope and progress.

  • Understand business requirements and challenges; including priorities, must win battles and key value drivers.

  • Transmit understanding to the category management teams at the appropriate level so the category sourcing strategies and priorities are defined accordingly.

  • Confirm Business objectives, challenges, projects, requirements and expectations are shared with the Category Management Team to help shape strategic planning.

  • Lead sourcing strategies at business level within the sourcing strategy implementation plan.

  • Identify necessary activities and resources needed to achieve implementation of chosen sourcing strategies.

  • Lead and/or organize kick off events with implementation teams and coordinate follow up activities with suppliers and Business participants.

  • Confirm that the contract meets the requirements of the contract coverage model. Share findings with Nestl Global Business Services and resolve any issues related to the maintenance of the Quality Info Record (QIR).

  • Implement or lead implementation of sourcing strategies at business level, within the overall implementation plan of the sourcing strategy.

  • Present or support the presentation of the category strategy summaries to the Business stakeholders to gain alignment and approval as applicable.

  • Ensure supplier selection is approved by Business stakeholders and communicate award decision to those affected.

  • Provide compelling category and sourcing insights to the business to contribute to overall strategies.

  • Consolidate material cost forecast reports (data, graphs, commentary) and present to Business stakeholders as appropriate.

  • Provide Business feedback to Category Management Team.

  • Play an active role in our Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) program.

  • Ensure performance survey is completed by market stakeholders.

  • Participate in key meetings, ensure right stakeholder engagement, and escalate through senior contacts with local suppliers where needed.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Reports to a Business Partner Manager, Leader or Head of Procurement. General direction and delegation from team members that the Associate supports. May also receive some direction cross-functionally from the business.


Business decisions will be based on research and analysis. Quality data and thoroughness of the analysis is required to ensure confidence in business decisions.

May be responsible for ensuring packaging material categories/sub-categories are purchased from approved vendors and may be accountable for value added, compliance, cost improvement and other performance metrics if Associate manages a small business.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain Management, Operations, Logistics/Transportation or other applicable discipline required


  • Minimum 3 years sourcing, purchasing and/or material management, technical/manufacturing experience and/or or equivalent experience required. Internal Development Trainee candidates on second and third rotations will also be considered.

  • SAP, Ariba and I-Nexus experience preferred

  • Required proficiency in Microsoft Suite products, including but not limited to, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel


  • Candidate must be detail oriented and a self-starter

  • Proven ability to analyze and present findings in a clear and cohesive manner

  • Ability to work independently to identify and research relevant market, industry, and supplier information.

  • Capable of navigating through ambiguous situations and managing external vendor relationships

  • Ability to work collaboratively and support multiple sourcing initiatives

  • Ability to develop processes and/or to identify continuous improvements to help better coordinate activities

  • Must be exceptional relationship builder and stakeholder manager and have the ability to form and grow own networks

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