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Regional Cocoa Strategic Sourcing Director - Latin America

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Guayaquil City, G, EC

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REQUISITION NUMBER:  1527701

Mars is looking for a Regional Cocoa Strategic Sourcing Director - Latin America in Mars (Ecuador), to join our team!
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Regional Cocoa Strategic Sourcing Director - Latin America

Located in Guayaquil City, Guayas, Ecuador

 

Job Purpose/Overview

The Regional Cocoa Strategic Sourcing Director for Latin America, will join a leading team in the cocoa and sustainability space, helping driving results-based impacts for cocoa farmers and their families through our Cocoa for Generations Strategy.  

This role will lead further development and support of our work in Latin America to source 100% of our cocoa in a responsible and sustainable manner. Latin America produces over 20% of the world's cocoa and a key sourcing origin for Mars Wrigley (MW). Through our Responsible Cocoa program, we aim to deliver lasting positive change across our cocoa supply chain and focus on three core areas that put cocoa farmers, cocoa communities, and the environment at the center of our attention. Our priority areas are acting to help protect children, preserve forests, and improve farmer income with specific goals for each by 2025. Success is dependent on this person being a conduit between Mars Internal functions (Sourcing, Sustainability, Corporate Affairs, Supply, and R&D) and with working with external suppliers and partners to deliver our Cocoa for Generations strategic goals. Partnering, problem solving, and operational rigor are important to deploy sustainable solutions in our supply chain.

 

What would be your key responsibilities?

Deliver and deploy a responsible cocoa supply in partnership directly (in Latin America) with suppliers

    • Cost analysis for sustainability premiums
    • Volume targets of responsible cocoa
    • Business plan and roadmap for regional supply of responsible cocoa
    • Change management process to support suppliers as we embed policies and principles into the way Mars sources cocoa
    • Manage local supplier relationships, engagement, and performance against our responsible cocoa specification and commitments

Identify supply chain efficiency and effectiveness opportunities

    • Measure supply chain performance
    • Work cross-functionally internally and externally to capture opportunities
    • Evaluate technologies and innovation to drive data-driven actionable insights  

Support cross-functional delivery with a holistic view of Mars strategy and regional programs

    • Dotted line reporting to VP of Sustainability
    • Organize local cross-functional resources into a high performing team
    • Local dotted line cross-functional talent and budget management as needed

 

Context and Scope

  • This position reports to Global VP Cocoa Sourcing with dotted line reporting to VP Sustainability
  • Is regional implementer for Latin America sourcing and sustainability strategy
  • Manages direct reports for supplier development/assurance; In-Origin lead for cross-functional cocoa team
  • Requires strong functional capabilities in drive for results, problem solving, influencing, and stakeholder management

 

What are we looking for? 

Minimum bachelor level degree or postgraduate qualification in business/operational management, supply chain management, or agriculture commodity procurement.  Fluent in English and Spanish (must have), Portuguese (nice to have).  

  • 7+ years in business/operational management, supply chain management, or agriculture commodity procurement
  • Negotiation and collaboration with internal and external stakeholders
  • Corporate strategy development and alignment with senior management
  • Program implementation and deployment in remote rural settings in developing countries
  • Cross functional team leadership and influence
  • Cocoa farming systems, Cocoa supply chain and cost analysis
  • Supply chain verification and impact evaluation
  • Proven ability to manage complex, global projects or complex challenges
  • Self- starter and problem solver with creative and innovative thinking
  • High people agility & learning agility
  • Should cost modelling and origin optimization
  • Cocoa Industry and Sustainable Sourcing knowledge
  • Strong Suppler Relationship Management experience
  • Experienced in leading change within an organization across functions

 

If you´re passionate about our brands, have great strategic thinking, deliver high-quality decisions, and have a high drive for results, then we want to hear from you.  Click "apply" in this position.  Please submit your resume in English.

Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need help or accommodation during the application process due to a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be affected as a result of such request.


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