WestRock is seeking a Category Manager – MRO Procurement supporting all North American production locations, reporting to the Senior Manager MRO Procurement.
Manages and oversees categories and suppliers in the MRO procurement area, primarily domestic, for WestRock. This role will be involved, to varying degrees, with all aspects of the strategic sourcing process, including project planning, specifications development, strategic category management, supply market research and supplier engagement, evaluation, selection, and new supplier implementation. Leads strategic sourcing activities for sub-categories of spend within the MRO scope. Capturing savings through purchasing volume, negotiating price, working capital, and TCO contracts with suppliers in support of company goals and objectives. Works closely to build a working relationship with functional stakeholder teams and suppliers to ensure effective implementation plans and cost savings / working capital strategies are executed, tracked, and continuously improved. The ideal candidate must be comfortable working independently and in a team environment.
Meet assigned goals
o Cost savings
o Cost avoidance
o Diverse supplier spend growth
o Contract coverage in accordance with Procurement Policy
o Use applicable tools and resources
o Meet individual training objectives and support team in meeting training goals
Lead sourcing and category management processes
o Assess current and future BU and company supply needs within category.
o Work with Business Analyst and local site Procurement to ensure baseline data is accurate.
o Follow sourcing best practices and Procurement Policies.
o Build Sourcing Category Teams made of experts and stakeholders in the targeted category.
o Leads supplier selection, negotiation, and implementation process.
o Negotiate final agreements that are consistent with achieved negotiated results. Ensure agreements contain provisions that meet Company’s objectives and standards.
o Communicate new agreements to local site procurement, both timely and effectively.
o Monitors business unit satisfaction with key suppliers and supports resolution of issues.
Improve managed vs. unmanaged spend breakdown
o Document current spend managed
o Understand managed vs unmanaged spend analysis performed by Procurement Analytics
o Set goals for improvements in managed spend
o Identify creative or unique solutions for reducing unmanaged spend
Maintains expertise in assigned spend categories:
o Remains current with market trends and internal customer needs through relationships with suppliers, market experts, local sites, and BU leadership.
o Meets with suppliers to conduct regular business reviews and stay updated on business and upcoming changes that may affect WestRock and suppliers.
o Identifies and communicates new technologies and solutions.
o Ensure national agreements are in place where required in the MRO spend area.
o Have all systems updated for pricing, pay terms, and other inputs for MRO suppliers
General Management Responsibilities:
Provides fact-based understanding of bottom line benefit of all decisions and opportunities; prioritize team time to maximize benefit.
Responsible for identifying production or cost saving opportunities and complete, or assist in completing, analysis to determine potential upside and a path to achieve value.
Ensures compliance of internal controls as it relates to WestRock policies and procedures.
What we offer:
Corporate culture based on integrity, respect, accountability and excellence
Comprehensive training with numerous learning and development opportunities
An attractive salary reflecting skills, competencies and potential
A career with a global packaging company where Sustainability, Safety and Inclusion are business drivers and foundational elements of the daily work.
Willingness to travel to domestic locations and possible international locations as needed (~30%).
Highly Capable in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and ability to support and lead data analytics
Significant experience with RFx strategy development and use of e-Sourcing tools
Excellent communication, project management and relationship building skills
Strong organizational and presentation skills
Bachelor’s Degree required; MBA preferred. Focus in Purchasing, Supply Chain, Finance, Business, or Engineering.
Experience in the pulp and paper industry.
5+ years of sourcing experience preferably in MRO and in a manufacturing environment.
WestRock (NYSE: WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 50,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 320 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at www.westrock.com.