Category/Sourcing Manager (Exp with Animal Proteins procurement)

Position Type


Travel Required



Denver, CO




3 months plus possible extension

Education Level

Bachelor's Degree

Pros2Plan, a Spinnaker SCA Companyis now hiring for a Category/Sourcing Manager (Exp with Animal Proteins procurement)

Location: Denver, CO 

Duration: 3 months plus possible extension

Bill Rate: Open


The Category Manager defines and implements the strategy locally for any sub-categories unique to a territory and that are not managed centrally or regionally on a local level and manages local key supplier relationships (SRM). He / she drives strategic sourcing initiatives where they are defined centrally by the department VP if required, or independently where they are locally owned. They enact the category end-to-end Procurement cycle as per company guidelines and manage supplier performance and contracts for all locally managed categories and sub-categories within their area of operation.


  • Developing category strategies and category strategic plans, including initiative plans, for locally managed categories, validating them with the VP of Strategic Sourcing and the respective internal customer/s

  • Conducting strategic sourcing initiatives, including fact-based negotiations (supplier and industry analysis. benchmarks, cost structure analysis) for all locally managed categories within the local country portfolio and ensuring process compliance and high levels of customer satisfaction

  • Defining supplier management strategy, aligning it with the VP of Strategic Sourcing, and executing strategic supplier relationship management with key local suppliers

  • Defining P2P (Procure-To-Pay) strategy for locally managed sub-categories, including buying channels, content strategy, necessary PR compliance checks, specific PR requirements and ensure compliance (through creation and distribution of category cards and internal audits when necessary); aligning P2P strategy with VP of Strategic Sourcing to ensure cross-functional standardization

  • Supporting global strategic sourcing initiatives or projects (including category strategy definition) as authorized by the VP of Strategic Sourcing

  • Identifying supplier risk areas and quantifying risk exposure for regionally and locally managed sub-categories within Category Portfolio and executing risk mitigation actions

  • Market analytics relative to category

  • Relationship analysis

Deliverables & Achievable: Delivering relevant KPI targets (e.g. savings targets through strategic sourcing) for locally managed categories as appropriate to local stakeholder needs

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS : (To perform this job successfully, and individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required).

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

  • Experience: 5-10 years with minimum 5 years direct Animal Proteins procurement experience

  • Willing to work in a team environment and contribute to group goals

  • Strong and effective decision-making capacity

  • Experience in agriculture, food or pet food is preferred

  • Must possess strong analytical skill with complex market dynamics

  • Effective at interpreting complex and multiple sources of information to make decisions

  • Knowledge of Office 365 suite of software

  • Strong program management skills

  • Improves processes to eliminate non-value adding activities

  • Highly effective collaboration skills (team player)

  • Effective at influencing others, inc. executive management

  • Good knowledge of the specific category marketplace and procurement best practices

  • Travel 25-40% may be required with this position, some international travel may be required