Adecco is currently assisting a local client in their search to fill an exciting Category Specialist role in Solon, OH!  Apply now if you meet the qualifications listed below!


Responsibilities, Qualifications, & Details:             

  • Consolidation and rationalization of market spend to highest practical category level across North America Business Units.
  • Engages with the collection and review all current local and regional contracts and price agreements. 
  • Distribute supplier and business data and contact list requests to gather core/key business requirements/needs and follow-up with any queries.
  • Work with Category managers and Nestlé Global Business Services to prepare and execute the Request for Proposal while ensuring the supplier's acknowledgement of the Supplier Code.
  • Supports the management of Frame and Child contracts in the Contract Life Management tool based on annual volumes by material/plant based on the coverage model.
  • Ensure supply by continued development of incumbent and new supply options on an on-going basis.
  • Financial support for Budget, Price Forecasting and other financial activities for Procurement Finance and Business Units.
  • Contributes to the yearly budget process, including Market Business Strategy (MBS), according to the financial cycle established.
  • Assists with providing monthly price forecast to meaningful level of spend (may be spend category, sub category, spec or material as appropriate).
  • Work on various initiatives to provide additional value for Working Capital (Cash Flow).
  • Interface and Work with Functional Leadership Teams within the Organization – Including Business Partner and Global Market organizations.
  • Support the management of supplier quality compliance at a category level.
  • Assists with the delivery of innovation, exclusivity and first market opportunities to functional areas.
  • Manage Supplier Supply Chain initiatives for assigned categories and within team to validate ideas and project opportunities with the supply base.
  • Assist with the communication to the Business Partners of the Category Sourcing Strategy to secure stakeholder approvals.
  • Deliver value through cost and process improvement initiatives to multiple Business Units in accordance to cascaded targets. Ensure Supply, Responsible Sourcing and Supplier Relationship Management
  • Involved in the discovery and delivery of alternate sources of supplier ensuring business continuity and sustainability while minimizing business risk.
  • Partner with Category Managers to engage suppliers to conduct Responsible Sourcing audits based on established guidelines and objectives.
  • Supports the execution and management of the Supplier Relationship Management program to deliver additional value to the business units.
  • Manage and maintain savings projects in the project tracking tool attaching documentation based on cost savings calculation guidelines and follow-up with finance to obtain validation of savings projects.


Must Have:

  • Previous purchasing and/or material management, technical/manufacturing experience and/or or equivalent experience preferred.
  • SAP experience highly preferred. 
  • Procurement software programs like Ariba and I-Nexus experience preferred.
  • Required proficiency in Microsoft Suite products, including but not limited to, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Candidate must be detail oriented and a self-starter.
  • Proven ability to analyze and present findings in a clear and cohesive manner.  
  • Ability to work independently to identify and research relevant market, industry, and supplier information. 
  • Capable of navigating through ambiguous situations and managing external vendor relationships.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and support multiple sourcing initiatives simultaneously. 
  • Team player that is willing and able to support and manage RFI and RFP preparation, execution and analysis.


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