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Role / Title
The Group Lead, Ingredients
Lead Idaho, Washington and Oregon raw potato negotiations. Allocate contract volumes by growing regions and potato variety to maximize raw product value. Review supply agreements to justify components. Identify appropriate quality open potato lots and purchase as needed, minimizing cost impact to company. Work with grower groups to support Heinz initiatives (GAP, Sustainability, etc.).
Negotiate raw product supply contracts to meet factory processing needs. Allocate contract volumes by growing regions and potato variety to maximize raw product value. Review supply agreements to justify components. Identify appropriate quality open potato lots and purchase as needed, minimizing cost impact to company.
Develop good relationships with the grower by maintaining open and honest communication in all areas that affect his business relationship with the company.
Schedule raw product to storages by quality of the crop. Maintain a storage environment that will minimize raw product losses and maintain processing quality.
Develop harvest plans that include Counsel with the grower on field preparation, preparation of storage to receive the crop, and training the personnel in their tasks so they adequately understand the equipment operation.
Collaborate with internal stakeholders (Potato BU, Supply Chain, Finance, Quality, Research and Global Ag) and raw potato suppliers and bargaining associations to develop and execute a sourcing and operational strategy for Potato Portfolio across Kraft Heinz North America.
Lead execution of the strategy and deliver the annual savings targets, as well as enhanced capabilities and innovation where applicable.
Support Ontario factory management for support of potato processing plan.
Develop and implement market oriented category sourcing and supplier management strategies to achieve competitive advantage through lowest purchase cost, ingredient performance and value improvements consistent with the direction set by the business.
Deliver results in key performance areas including cost management, market & financial forecast accuracy, cash performance, service & quality to plants, process improvements, innovation, and alignment with our internal business partners.
Understand regional stakeholder and Potato business unit requirements and define, develop and implement the optimal strategy for Kraft Heinz that delivers our procurement objectives.
Set up raw product withdrawal plan, based on raw quality attributes, to support production pack plan. Establish cellar sampling plan to identify changes in potatoes during storage and use this information to optimize raw product blending.
Manage trucking operation through outside vendors to assure timely and efficient delivery of raw product to production. Set up contingency plan to deal with significant changes in custom carrier mix.
Prepare accurate overhead budget and monthly forecasts to support pack plan requirements.
Develop expertise within the organization around the supply markets that we are buying in and the impacts governmental; technological; and economic changes that impact those markets.
Ensure the supplier base is capable of supplying Heinz expectations in relationships to Quality and Service and develop contingency strategies as required.
Manage and develop supplier relationships, acting as the primary interface on behalf of Heinz to key category suppliers.
Regular interface with Demand Planners, Marketing, Quality, Finance, Manufacturing, Research and Global Agriculture.
Ensure professional development of members of the team and overall department is in place and carried out effectively.
Oversee the Dock Operations in alignment with factory production by scheduling, supervising, and communicating with the teams that work in this area.
Bachelor's Degree in Agronomy, Supply Chain, Procurement, Engineering, or related field.
5+ years of management experience contracting food processing crops with a strong understanding of Agronomy, Procurement, Food Processing and Quality with roles of increasing scope & responsibility.
Experience with potatoes preferred.
Demonstration of management and leadership of a team of professionals.
Ability to demonstrate strategic thought leadership including strategy development and implementation.
Ability to demonstrate change management experience and successes; as well as to effectively build a team.
Ability to demonstrate superior interpersonal, coaching, and communication skills to multiple levels of the organization.
Effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously and develop priorities.
Ability to travel including up to 20% of the time with occasional global travel.
Good understanding of MS Office Suite.
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