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Category Manager, Strategic Sourcing

St Louis, Missouri
Category Headquarters Location ID 1 Location Name Saint Louis Support Center Address 3630 S Geyer Road State/Region Missouri Postal Code 63127 Country United States
Category Manager, Strategic Sourcing

Category Manager, Strategic Sourcing

At Panera, we believe in “One Panera for a Healthier, Happier World” and our procurement team is an integral part to ensuring that this mission comes to life in our cafes.  We are looking for a Strategic Sourcing Manager to lead the procurement strategy for various categories within our food and beverage spend, overseeing $100-200 million in annual spend.  This leader will be a skilled in the food & beverage markets, analyzing trends, mitigating supply risk based on forecasted demand, actively developing deep relationships with current and potential suppliers, working cross-collaboratively with culinary, QA, and other key internal groups, and executing a strategic procurement plan to ensure that Panera obtains the highest quality products at a competitive price.  

Personal competencies for success include the ability to master both strategic and operational issues, efficiently manage multiple competing priorities, exhibit outstanding teamwork and collaboration skills, possess excellent communication, negotiation and relationship skills, and the demonstrated ability to manage through transformational change.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Strategic Sourcing Category Manager will be the lead on all procurement for the assigned category at Panera.  This leader will directly manage a category within our Food/Beverage spend:

Category Management

  • Fully understand and lead category by exercising existing deep subject matter knowledge or developing such knowledge in:
    • Commodity expertise
    • Cost drivers
    • Usage and forecasts
    • New product development
  • Develop and own the category food cost plan; monitor and maintain performance for the year
  • Recognize, cultivate, and lead cost savings measures to the system and Panera LLC
  • Negotiate the lowest price based on based on deploying the most profitable response to our demand in consideration of our product specifications, quality, service levels, and industry conditions
  • Work together with cross-functional partners such as QA, Operations, Culinary, Finance to provide project visibility and allow for cross functional alignment and execution of Sourcing projects

Supplier Management

  • Grow, maintain, and establish strong supplier business relationships
  • Actively solicit supplier performance feedback from Team Panera
  • Enhance supplier development by communicating Team Panera’s performance standards measures, develop joint improvement initiatives (product, process, etc) as needed
  • Conduct and lead regular business review sessions with our supplier partners in order to inform and align them with Panera’s strategy for managed products
  • Develop and ensure up to date management of supplier contingency plans and strategy in the event the primary supplier is unable to performs as required (quality, delivery, spec adherence, etc)
  • Ensure we have supplier contracts and pricing agreements detailing costs and pricing methodology
  • Coordinate with Panera’s Supply Management team in determining optimal supplier locations and  delivery methods
  • Coordinate the execution of new product (permanent or LTO) introductions in the Panera system—taking into account production lead times, MOQs, and contingency

Qualifications (Education & Experience)

  • College degree in Business, Supply Chain, or an associated Field and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required
  • 5+ years of experience Procurement, Supply Chain, or Strategic Sourcing strongly preferred
  • 5+ years of Food/Beverage Procurement or equivalent is required with at least 5 years of >$100M spend oversight
  • Demonstrated contract negotiation experience with positive financial and supply outcomes

Additional Skills and Experience

  • Ability to adapt easily to rapidly changing situations and priorities. Comfortable adjusting concepts to fit new situations.
  • Financial understanding of company and department measures
  • Comfortable delivering feedback to both supplier partners and internal partners while maintaining a good relationship and leading to effective results
  • Exceptional critical thinking skills with strategic mindset

Saint Louis Support Center

External Reference Code JR0020402 Company Name 100 Panera, LLC

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