Compass Group, North America SOURCING MANAGER in Charlotte, North Carolina

SOURCING MANAGER 8/10/17North Carolina-Charlotte

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Job Description

Foodbuy is the foodservice industry’s leading Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) focused on lowering purchasing and product costs for foodservice organizations.

The Sourcing Manager is responsible for the sourcing, negotiation and selection of the supply base for Compass & Foodbuy customers. The goal of the job is to optimize value in the supplier/business unit relationship. The key function of the job is to identify and understand the business's requirements and apply a strategic sourcing process, selecting vendors that can best meet all supply chain requirements and deliver the greatest return on investment.

Annual threshold will be up to approximately $250m with individual contract negotiation responsibility of $5-$50m.

Key relationships will include Strategic Suppliers, Business Need VPs, Sourcing VP, Sourcing Directors, Distribution Director, Finance managers, Committed Customer contacts in Atlanta & CDMs.

This position will be based in our Charlotte, NC office.


Strategic Sourcing Management

  • Work with Sourcing Directors to develop Sourcing Strategies and meet business needs ensuring alignment with category business plans

  • Be an expert in administering 7-step strategic sourcing process

  • In conjunction with the key business stakeholders, conduct activities relating to negotiating, evaluating & selection of suppliers

  • Undertake analytical work and spend data analysis

  • Lead price benchmarking activity across customers and distributors

  • Negotiate cost reduction and contracts with suppliers

  • Conduct detailed industry analysis to provide proactive insight to sourcing strategy

  • Implement best sourcing processes and tools e.g. Traditional RFQ/RFP/RFI, on line Auction, Collaborative sourcing, multi-even negotiations, etc.

  • Develop & refine the procurement processes to minimize efforts and maximize benefits through compliance & specification controls

  • RFX development and management

  • Identify and assess potential supplier pool

  • Support Category Development raw material management teams as required

  • Continually strive to seek out opportunities to improve the overall profitability of the business by leveraging market & Sourcing expertise across distribution, products and services

Project Management / Value Optimization

  • Lead cross functional projects.

  • Develop and manage project plans to ensure completion of required activities and achievement of business needs in the agreed timescales.

  • Work collaboratively with partners from other functional areas to deliver business objectives.

  • Presentation of strategies and project outcomes to management.

  • Create continued collaboration re. business to business as to impact Foodbuy customers with positive financial benefits


  • 3+ years proven management experience in Procurement and Supply Chain Management with a track record of solid management behavior and results is mandatory.

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required; MBA is desired

  • Experience in the food and beverage industry would be an advantage but less important than depth of functional expertise in a business where product management is as a key strategic contributor.

  • Experience of broader aspects of supply chain, as well as providing evidence of a broader business perspective such as balancing cost, value, risk & opportunity.

  • Evidence of strong negotiation skills.

  • Evidence of an ability to work cross-functionally with colleagues in operations, finance, customer service.

  • Proven track record of ability to influence in a cross functional organization including conflict resolution.

  • Excellent communicator and relationship builder.

  • Strong networking skills, ability to influence and get things done through informal as well as formal channels.

  • Ability to operate at fast pace in an entrepreneurial environment.

  • Outstanding presentation skills and selling skills to sell in key programs.

  • Capacity to handle multiple changing agendas yet to stay in control of events.

  • Ability to travel 10% to 20% annually.

  • Strong networking skills, ability to influence and get things done through informal as well as formal channels.

  • Proven track record of applying best practice as a Procurement professional in a significant organization.

  • Be an expert with analytical tools (e.g. Excel) in order to draw conclusions and make recommendations from large data sets.

  • Be extremely proficient at oral / written communication in order to effectively explain complex ideas and approaches to a wide audience (MS Word, MS Project and MS PowerPoint).

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Compass Group is an equal opportunity employer. At Compass, we are committed to treating all Applicants and Associates fairly based on their abilities, achievements, and experience without regard to race, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by law.


Career LevelManagement (Manager/Director), Mid Career (2+ Years Experience)SectorFoodbuy, Compass CorporateAreas of InterestPurchasing/ProcurementEducationBachelor's DegreeLocaleNorth Carolina-CharlottePreferred LanguageEnglish