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Strategic Sourcing Manager: Beef & Pork


Franklin, TN, US

JOB CATEGORY:  Commercial

A mutually rewarding experience.

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.  What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

About Mars, Incorporated 

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.



  • Develop and implement sourcing strategy that delivers ensures supply, maximizes value for money, and improves quality for $65M+ spend in fresh/frozen beef and pork.
  • Collaborate with other Mars business segments and global category teams on development of strategy to leverage scale, identify alternative sourcing opportunities, and mitigate risk.
  • Partner with internal stakeholders and suppliers to deliver, value, continuous improvement, and lowest total cost of ownership.
  • Achieve competitive price advantage through knowledge of markets, including the relevant domestic and international economic factors.
  • Drive efforts to leverage supplier resources to bring new ideas and products/ commodities/services, including new ingredients to enable our growth aspirations.
  • Identify and execute productivity opportunities from a Commercial and overall business perspective.


What we’re looking for:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Logistics or related field.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working in sourcing field.
  • Ability to convey communications clearly and concisely.
  • MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint functional skills.


Preferred Experiences & Education


  • MBA
  • 5+ years’ experience working in sourcing.
  • Working experience with MRP systems
  • Good interpersonal, team building and conflict management skills
  • 5 years of experience in the consumer products industry



What you’ll be doing:


  • Create, deliver, and execute the sourcing strategy for assigned ingredients for Mars Petcare US.  Collaborate with all Mars North American units and cross-functional stakeholders to deliver a target value improvement of 5-10% of the total spend. 
  • Drive an effective and collaborative relationship with key stakeholders to deliver competitive and market advantages through superior analysis, strategy, judgment, and execution.  Ensure delivery of business plans at or ahead of targets & plans and appropriate Commercial representation in internal business processes.
  • Deliver market trend, market development information and analysis to drive business understanding of these markets and how best to utilize the capabilities of suppliers and industry developments to deliver a competitive advantage to Mars Petcare.  This includes leading creation and implementation of strategic supplier initiatives to deliver sustained competitive advantage.
  • Identify and implement novel and creative means for reducing costs, improving quality or otherwise improving total value for money.  This includes networking within the Mars Global Commercial community for best practices & ideas for reapplication.
  • Ensure supply chain security and contingency plans to secure business needs and provide recommendations/execute as appropriate.
  • Drive in-depth portfolio analysis to clearly identify areas of routine spend and implement tools such as e-auctions, RFPs, etc., to drive efficiency in the fresh and frozen beef and pork category


What to Expect from Mars:


  • The opportunity to learn, develop and take charge of your own career.
  • An industry competitive salary and benefits package. 
  • To be respected and valued.
  • The Five Principles at the center of every decision
  • The opportunity to work cross functionally, add value and impact a better world for generations to come.


Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.


Nearest Major Market: Nashville

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