Title: Indirect Services Procurement Specialist
Job #1500030T Kimberly-Clark Corp.
Location: Neenah WI just south of Green Bay
Reports to: Sr. Manager of Indirect Procurement
Direct reports: none
At Kimberly-Clark we spend hundreds of millions of dollars with suppliers every year. Our sourcing team ensures we have strong relationships with internal stakeholders so that we understand the business needs and develop effective category sourcing strategies that drive value, so that Kimberly-Clark can continue to invest in innovative new products and customer relationships. K-C is known for their employee career development – about 65% of open jobs are filled internally and we hope we can unleash the power in you!
The Associate Procurement Specialist is responsible for supporting the strategic sourcing of services for the Clinical Affairs Group, Research and Engineering, and Real Estate. The incumbent works to engage stakeholders and develop strategies to achieve cost savings, working capital, and business financial goals. In addition, the incumbent will own and lead the strategic sourcing of other corporate services that are smaller in scope. The incumbent will lead the supplier selection, development, and overall supplier management, including managing the entire contract life cycle from Request for Proposal to supplier exit utilizing a structured strategic sourcing process. This position works closely with the Business Unit Marketing stakeholders and other functions regarding the application and integration of procurement philosophies and techniques to meet the needs of internal customer requirements from a category sourcing perspective.
Customers and Customer Expectations
Broad base that could include: Global Procurement team, business management, finance, A/P, receiving, ITS, transportation, operations, R&D, internal control, marketing, planning, engineering, or other personnel involved in the implementation of business strategies where sourcing plays a role.
• Knowledgeable in their commodity or service. Develops robust strategies based on this knowledge.
• Develop thought leadership for the strategic sourcing of the categories for which they are responsible.
• Develop pricing agreements and contracts with suppliers.
• Knowledgeable of market conditions for service purchases.
• Work in conjunction with functions, business units and suppliers to identify services to be strategically sourced
• Lead formal supplier performance management reviews, where applicable
• Communication of category strategy and status to senior management to ensure alignment.
Utilizing a structured strategic sourcing process you will:
• Work with internal customers to develop sourcing strategies for specific purchases or commodities which will best meet business needs at lowest sustainable costs
• Identify, evaluate, and select suppliers which best meet business needs.
• Solicit, evaluate, negotiate, and award contracts for specific purchases (complex technical, commercial, and/or financial aspects) as well as administer contracts as required
• Analyze Supply Base, reduce Risk, assess and optimize Total Cost
Regional and/or Global annual purchases across multiple business units.
Value of purchases typically would be in the $50-$100 million range.
Develops a thorough strategic plan to drive value for their category based on an understanding of business unit needs, the supply market, spend baseline and evolution and benchmarking. Effectively document, communicate and gain buy-in for the strategy.
Research, select, develop and maintain adequate sources of supply to ensure that the requirements of the category are met with the optimum quality, service and cost to use.
Ability to successfully reach business objectives through supplier negotiations. Analyzes market and supply dynamics related to supplier proposals to develop a matrix of negotiation scenarios. Engages business leaders to align on acceptable negotiation outcomes. Develops counterarguments, opening positions, and plan for executing negotiations.
Leads the development of risk analyses, assessments and mitigation plans for their category. Manage our supplier network for assigned commodities to provide sufficient services to meet our highest short-range requirements, protect against temporary service interruptions and provide for our long-range growth needs. Develop and execute a plan to quickly and effectively manage a service interruption.
Interacts with business units to develop, engage and lead supplier relationships for extracting the greatest value in cost, security of service, risk management, sustainability and innovation. Manage the ongoing performance of our suppliers including objective setting and supplier evaluations where warranted.
Comprehend and provide constructive input on legal contract documents related to purchasing terms, conditions, indemnification, intellectual property ownership, etc.
Knowledgeable about the markets and how they affect price, availability, or supply chain logistics. Will use specific market analysis to predict behavior and service risks to the organization. Will adjust strategy to minimize effect of market change. May provide market analysis to customers and advice to others within procurement.
Forecast timely price and availability information on assigned commodities for the various consuming businesses and communicate this information to appropriate personnel in the company so it is properly integrated into business strategy and decision-making.
Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of corporate policies and procedures, as well as related governmental laws and regulations to ensure purchasing activities are conducted within the parameters of each.
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• Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering or related discipline
• 2 or more years’ of experience in procurement
• Procurement experience in Indirect Services
Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, nearly a quarter of the world’s population trust K-C’s brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds No. 1 or No. 2 share positions in more than 80 countries. With a 143-year history of innovation, we believe in recruiting the best people and putting them in the right jobs so that they can do their best work. If fresh thinking and a passion to win inspire you, come Unleash Your Power at Kimberly-Clark.
The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification. Statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position.
Kimberly-Clark is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.