KIK Products Senior Procurement Specialist in Concord, Ontario
As one of North America's largest independent manufacturers of consumer packaged goods (“CPG”), KIK helps a large portfolio of brands and retailers bring their products to life. With leading positions in the multibillion household and personal care, over-the-counter, and pool additives categories, we maintain close relationships with over 70 global CPG customers and virtually every relevant major North American retailer. We have full-service capabilities covering end-to-end contract manufacturing, including project management, innovation and R&D, sourcing and procurement, blending and compounding, filling and packaging, supply chain and distribution, and quality control. Our manufacturing model is highly flexible and we consistently add value to our customers by leveraging our range of services and expertise.
KIK has over 5,000 employees and operates 19 manufacturing facilities strategically located throughout North America and over $1 billion in sales; KCP (operating as KIK Custom Products) is one of North America's largest custom manufacturers of both National Brand and Retailer Brand consumer products. KCP's product lines include Laundry, Household Cleaners, OTC Medicated, Pharmaceutical and Health & Beauty Care, all supported by KCP's in-house technical expertise and value-added services.
Reporting to the SVP of Procurement, the Senior Procurement Specialist will oversee the purchase of Raw Materials and other products/services. The ideal candidate will be highly detail oriented, with strong analytical and negotiation skills.
Manage activities related to the issuance of goods and services contracts in Canada and USA.
Provide guidance to plants pertaining to the management of new supplier transitions.
Direct and maintain a customer service focus for the department through site visits, timely follow-up and regular interaction and communication with the internal customers.
In collaboration with the Procurement Director, establish annual objectives and ensure their accomplishment. A strong focus on achievement of annual savings objectives is imperative.
Provide specialized technical/professional expertise relating to Procurement functioning as a technical specialist.
Provide leadership and mentorship to team members, ensuring effective functioning of relationships, communication and teamwork within the business.
Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with suppliers to manage the quality and delivery on larger, more complex contracts with cross-functional impacts.
Raw Material and component sourcing Procurement systems Raw Material & Component Supply Demand management/Inventory levels
Leverage supplier negotiations
Lead business planning cycle for raw material category.
Collaborate with cross functional teams to support business objectives as required.
Manage supplier performance and share feedback for continuous improvements of KPIs
Analyze spend and identify margin enhancement opportunities
Evaluate supplier quotations and develop negotiation strategies focused on improving our competitive position in the market place.
Negotiate pricing, terms and other contractual issues with suppliers Leverage volume to provide cost-effective solutions while maintaining acceptable inventory levels
A minimum of 5 years practical procurement experience with a University Degree/College Diploma is required.
Experience purchasing raw materials a must
Experience with JDEdwards, E1 is an asset.
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with a customer service focus.
The ability to maintain confidentiality and interact professionally with diplomacy and tact is a must.
Well developed negotiation skills and experience are required.
A strong sense of urgency and time management skills with excellent initiative and follow-up capabilities are mandatory in this role.