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Procurement Operations Analyst

LOCATION: 

Hackettstown, NJ, US

JOB CATEGORY:  Commercial
REQUISITION NUMBER:  681821

 

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.

 

Job Purpose:

The position is responsible for managing the end-to-end in-bound supply chain for a specific group of raw materials in the direct sourcing area. It will ensure lean inbound supply chains, ongoing continuity, and high service and quality levels on a day-to-day basis. The role works closely with the sourcing managers to drive the efficient and effective implementation of regional sourcing strategies, deliver cost savings and drive the qualification and implementation of new suppliers.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assures continuity of the inbound supply of raw materials into product manufacturing locations through the application of inbound supply chain strategies
  • Acting as the primary factory liaison, leads the risk mitigation plan and issue resolution for the inbound supply chain of raw materials to ensure service and quality risks are minimized
  • Develops and executes lean improvement action plans in the supply chain strategy. Monitors changes and adjusts plan to sustain performance
  • Partners with direct material Sourcing Managers to provide input to the Category Sourcing Strategy and to align on the strategic sourcing initiatives
  • Leads buying category collaboration with procurement & R&D peers
  • Manages supplier relationships to ensure supplier performance and adherence to quality standards and requirements
  • Leads and implements cost reduction opportunities
  • Supports new product launches and line extensions by collaborating with key business stakeholders to assure supplier conformance to internal requirements

 

Context & Scope:

  • Leverages supply chain principles and analytics to identify and deliver optimized inbound supply of raw materials
  • Analyzes data to identify and drive improvements in the supply chain strategy
  • Problem solving skills utilized to develop supply risk mitigation plans
  • Develops and leverages internal client relationships and external supplier relationships to deliver objectives
  • Communications effectively

 

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree preferred or a combination of equivalent academic and work experience

 

Minimum qualifications

  • High school diploma and 5 years of experience of demonstrated success in Supply Chain/Logistics or procurement, or Associate’s Degree with 3 years of experience of demonstrated success in Supply Chain/Logistics or procurement
  • Competence in SAP Systems
  • Experience with continuous improvement and supply chain optimization
  • Experience with supplier relationship management
  • Experience with manufacturing and operations

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business, economics, engineering, supply chain or related discipline with intern experience and 1-2 years of experience in Supply Chain/Logistics or procurement

 

Knowledge/Experience:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of supply chain
  • Analytical and problem solving capability
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritization
  • Strong customer focus and service orientation
  • Sound interpersonal skills and ability to be a team player
  • Computer skills - Excel, experience in SAP or other ERP systems is a plus
  • Ability to work independently in a fast paced environment

 

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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.