Sourcing Manager - Ingredients

  • Clif Bar & Company
  • 1451 66th Street, Emeryville, CA 94608, United States
  • Oct 26, 2016
Full time Green Business

Job Description

Clif Bar & Company is looking for a SOURCING MANAGER, INGREDIENTS to join our Sourcing Team.
The ideal candidate will have an immediate connection to our Five Aspirations, as well as embody the “Clif Bar Ingredients” (Create, Inspire, Connect, Own It, and Be Yourself).  
This candidate will be extremely flexible and enjoy a “high-change” environment where priorities shift from day to day.  Candidates, who connect through positive and respectful interaction, inspire greater success across all Five Aspirations and create extraordinary experiences, solutions and ideas will be at the top of our list.
The Sourcing Manager is responsible for sourcing ingredients for new and existing Clif Bar products and ensuring a source of supply to meet rapidly growing sales demand. This position works closely with Brand, R&D, and Food Safety in identifying new and alternative ingredients, negotiating agreements with suppliers and working with suppliers on sustainable & ethical sourcing initiatives.
The Sourcing Manager operates in an environment where organic supply is limited and production volume fluctuates across brands. Clif Bar is continually innovating with new and unique ingredients sourced from both domestic and international suppliers.
The role is challenged to continually reevaluate new or alternative sources of supply, facilitate the qualification of suppliers, and develop and implement tactical plans and procedures to support business growth.  The incumbent must maintain knowledge and understanding of Clif Bar’s company philosophy, brand strategies, national sales and marketing plans, objectives, strategies, and tactics of the operations and supply chain, as well as maintain in-depth knowledge of product features, ingredients and values, in order to effectively support sourcing strategies and commercial needs.
Successful performance requires effective collaboration with the Brand, R&D, Food Safety, Operations, and Finance groups to resolve operational problems and facilitate integrated decision making across functions.
Primary Responsibilities
Collaboratively works with Brand, R&D, and Food Safety in the identification, selection and certification of new suppliers and ingredients.
Manages raw material contracts with suppliers and co-packers to ensure compliance of terms, safety stocks, lead-times and usage. Facilitates discussion between suppliers and co-packers to enable supply assurance.
Provides expert information and market insight for assigned ingredient categories to internal stakeholders. Stays abreast of market conditions affecting raw material markets and develops strategies to mitigate risks.
Proactively seeks out new organic and conventional ingredient sourcing for new products and continually develops secondary supplier network.
Resolves raw ingredient shortages with our co-packers by creatively sourcing alternate supplies while managing quality, supply assurance and pricing constraints.
Negotiates pricing and agreements with key suppliers to insure a continuous source of supply to support the overall business needs. Resolves pricing discrepancies.
Identifies cost savings opportunities and develops recommendations to reduce costs and improve efficiencies.
Participates in the development of supply strategies, to mitigate risk, insure current and future supply and manage cost.
Skills Required
Position-Specific Skills Required
The ideal candidate will:
Be a genuine Clif Bar & Company ambassador, who exemplifies the Clif Bar culture in all candidate communications and interactions.
Embody the Clif Bar Five Aspirations and Ingredients.
Have experience selecting and managing suppliers, including negotiating price, risk management, and contract management.
Strong interpersonal skills.
Project management experience.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Leadership Skills Required
Take ownership and responsibility for actions, behaviors and contributions.
Strong ability to inspire and motivate self and others.
Ability to proactively lead and make well-reasoned recommendations in a changing environment.
Comfortable operating confidently in ambiguous situations.
Ability to self-manage and meet tight deadlines with limited supervision.
Technical Expertise Required
Proficient with excel in order to perform detailed analyses to support contract recommendations and supply strategies.
Knowledge of the organic ingredient industry preferred.
Proficient with Power Point and presentation skills.
Understanding of Project Management tools.
Education/Training Required
Minimum of Bachelors Degree.
3 – 7 years of relevant purchasing/sourcing experience required.
Supply chain experience preferred.
Food industry experience preferred.
Travel Required
Up to 10% travel required for the role
Be Yourself…
Take yourself lightly and your work seriously.  And…bring your best self to work each day!
Clif Bar & Company is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply.
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