Procurement Category Management Lead - Indirect Materials


Nestlé in the United States, part of Nestlé S.A., is committed to enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future – for individuals and families, for our thriving and resilient communities, and for the planet. We are transforming our product portfolio – from pet care, premium water, frozen meals, and infant nutrition – to meet changing consumer needs by focusing on high-growth food, beverage and consumer categories.

Our operations in the U.S. are composed of seven operating companies: Nestlé USA, Nestlé Purina, Nespresso, Gerber, Nestlé Health Science, Nestlé Professional, and Information Technology at Nestlé all focused on our mission of ”Good Food, Good Life.” Our organization offers tremendous potential for professional growth and achievement, opportunities to make an impact on a global scale, and substantial rewards for a job well done.

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This role is the face of their assigned category to Nestrade and serves as the key interface with business/functional leadership across US16 for respective category. You are an expert of the category, setting the procurement strategy for spend areas in your scope and localizing any globally created strategies. This role identifies value-creation opportunities and leads cross-functional projects for the category, as well as supplier strategy, collaboration, and local relationship management with a focus on risk mitigation, innovation, sustainability, and DEI. You will provide oversight for category-critical tasks like business continuity planning, supplier performance management, PPV forecast, etc., while working with the business to understand strategy, requirements, and challenges and to report updates.

Role level and category alignment is dependent on applicable category experience, category complexity, supplier fragmentation, total spend, and other relevant factors.

Job Duties:

End-to-end management of assigned category/categories, including localization of global strategies, development of at-market strategies, and coordination with suppliers and Nestrade buyers (as required)

Execute Nestlé’s 7-Step Strategic Sourcing Process in the North American market, enabling value generation through sustainability, innovation, and cost improvements for Nestlé business units

Identify value creation opportunities by developing a deep understanding of each relevant business unit’s requirements, challenges, and opportunities, and leveraging these insights to create and implement savings initiatives

Leverage opportunities to lower total cost of ownership or increase value to the business while ensuring supply

Assign initiative owners for category aligned spend initiatives; provide category expertise and help guide initiative savings execution and pull through 

Use knowledge of global suppliers and processes to bring opportunities to the forefront

Benchmark against competitors and promote supplier-led innovation to unlock value

Use insights and trends to liaise strategically with the business, factories, and suppliers

Define risk management strategies for the business and promote mitigation activities to reduce the chance of disruption

Proactively manage supplier relationships resulting in a reduction of contractual risks

Clearly communicate risks and issues to key stakeholders, knowing when and to whom to escalate significant issue

Suggest improved ways of working, introducing new processes or re-engineering existing ones in support of key priorities

Recognize strategic drivers and activities that support key priorities, both within your category and across the organization

Leverage intelligence tools and participate in professional associations to learn best practices and industry trends; apply the learnings to the category strategies to drive continuous improvement

Comply with all Procurement and company policies, procedures, and practices, and promote adherence across the organization

Apply project management principles to drive cross-functional teams in effective and efficient delivery of business objectives for both day to day activities and key projects


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in applicable fields required

3+ years of knowledge of and experience with global procurement and sourcing processes, legal contract negotiations, and contract management systems

Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including but not limited to Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, SAP, Ariba, and I-Nexus experience preferred 

Requisition ID: 194488 

It is our business imperative to remain a very inclusive workplace.

To our veterans and separated service members, you're at the forefront of our minds as we recruit top talent to join Nestlé. The skills you've gained while serving our country, such as flexibility, agility, and leadership, are much like the skills that will make you successful in this role. In addition, with our commitment to an inclusive work environment, we recognize the exceptional engagement and innovation displayed by individuals with disabilities. Nestlé seeks such skilled and qualified individuals to share our mission where you’ll join a cohort of others who have chosen to call Nestlé home.

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