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Sourcing Specialist

Company: Wilton Brands Inc
Location: Naperville
Posted on: June 20, 2022

Job Description:

Wilton's Journey So Far Wilton is a heritage US brand with a 90-year history in baking and decorating. After fifteen years of private equity ownership, the company was acquired by Dr. Oetker (family owned German conglomerate) as an expansion into the US market. Eighteen months after the acquisition, Dr. Oetker and the new leadership are looking to define the future of Wilton brands to become the most important, influential and successful cake and dessert brand in the USA. Learn more about Wilton at Wilton Brands is a craft and celebration leader, where great people deliver innovative products and exceptional customer service. This position reports to the Sourcing Director. This position will participate in prospecting potential suppliers while building their knowledge of new suppliers, materials, processes, cost, lead time, quality, and compliance. Under the direction of the Director of Global Sourcing, this position will manage a group of suppliers, including sourcing, negotiations on pricing and other commercial terms and lead supplier business reviews. The role is also responsible for managing supply chain readiness for new product development across the products in a category. Essential Responsibilities: + Manages, coordinates, and directs supply chain management activities through day-to-day tactical and long-term strategic activities for assigned categories and suppliers, including the establishment of strategic goals, plans, outlooks, objectives, and metrics. + Develops food industry/market trend analysis, competitive situations, commodity price trends, and supply/demand situations for assigned spend categories. + Work with Inventory Group to ensure that supply is scheduled to effectively meet demand and assist in inventory management. + Manage assigned supplier(s) to meet TQRACC (Technology, Quality, Responsiveness, Availability, Cost and Compliance) objectives for the business within the scope of the role. + Negotiate new or revised supplier contracts and agreements that meet the commercial and legal needs of the business. Maintain vendor information including current vendor pricing, lead times and supply agreement in ERP system. + Establish working relationship with operations to ensure accurate information is provided and continuous improvement opportunities are identified. + Review and resolve invoice discrepancies while interacting with Account Payable personnel and / or suppliers to proactively take actions that will prevent recurrence. + Teamwork with Product Manager and Product Design team to develop new products. Duties and responsibility include but not limit to: + Analyze and understand the Product Requirement form, clarify the project scope between Product Design and supplier + Lead and drive commercial discussion with supplier to align with NPD objectives + Follow up with suppliers on quotation, sampling, production schedule and capacity. + Identify opportunities for improvement in design, cost, quality, and production efficiency + Ensure all elements of supply chain readiness are in place for new product commercialization Education and Experience: + Effective written and verbal communication + Must be computer savvy with extensive MS Office experience. + A team player with entrepreneurial spirit + A Bachelor's Degree in a business, supply chain or other related field. + A minimum of 4-5 years' work experience working with consumer products preferably in a food manufacturing environment; packaging and co-packing/co manufacturing experience is a plus + Willing to take challenges, hardworking, self-motivated, and dependable + Strong prioritization skills to handle multiple tasks + Ability to travel Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: + Strong analytical skills with advanced excel understanding + Financial Analysis and Cost Modeling - Understanding of "total cost of ownership," can read and analyze financial statements to assess the strength of a business and uses these skills in everyday sourcing decisions. + Working experience in consumer products. Equipped with product knowledge in raw materials, manufacturing processes, finished products, packaging, warehousing and transportation. + Problem Solving - The ability to identify problems and develop and implement solutions to the issues. + Decision Making - The ability to make "value added" decisions in a timely manner at all levels of the organization. + Strategic Thinker - The ability to creatively develop effective responses and plans to people, problems, or issues. + Communication Skills - The ability to effectively communicate ideas, recommended direction, solutions, and work through conflict resolution at all levels of organizations both internally and externally. + Negotiation - The ability to plan for, implement and communicate the "elements of negotiations" that create value for Wilton Brands, while maintaining supplier relationships. + Ethics - Consistently uses good judgment when analyzing right and wrong and performs at a level of conduct that is within corporate ethics guidelines. Physical Demands/Work Requirements: + Professional office environment. This role is sedentary in nature and requires the ability to be seated at a desk for majority of the work day. + Ability to routinely use standard office equipment such as laptop computers, computer monitors/keyboards, photocopiers and telephones. + While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. Wilton Brands LLC is an equal employment opportunity employer. We attract and retain the best qualified people without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, individuals with disability or veteran status as provided by law. Wilton Brands LLC is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran. If you need accommodation to access the information provided on our website, please contact us at 630-810-2416 or send an e-mail to: We will be happy to help you! On behalf of all of us at Wilton Brands, we hope this update finds you well during these unprecedented times. As an iconic brand, our top priorities remain keeping our associates healthy and ensuring our ability to serve our retailers and customers. Our recruitment efforts will continue and be conducted in ways that safeguard both the health of our associates and candidates. We hope that you, your family, and your friends stay safe and healthy.

Keywords: Wilton Brands Inc, Naperville , Sourcing Specialist, Other , Naperville, Illinois

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