Pinnacle Foods

  • Director Procurement - External Manufacturing

    Location US-NJ-Parsippany
    Job ID
    Supply Chain
  • Overview

    At Pinnacle Foods we are at the top of our game and the key to our success is clear. Everything we do is driven by our purpose: unleashing brand potential, dynamically evolving and improving our already beloved products to bring more convenience, taste, nutrition, and joy to today's consumers.


    The results? Our well-recognized products are found in 85% of American households and are leaders in their respective categories, holding the #1 or #2 market share position in 10 of the 14 categories in which we compete — and we're just getting started. We are committed to adding value through strategic growth that synergizes our portfolio of "Leadership" and "Foundation" brands and plays to our strengths in R&D, consumer insights, and senior management experience.



    The Director of EM Procurement is a senior leader who is viewed as a key member of the Procurement and External Manufacturing teams. This person is responsible for a key area of development for Pinnacle Foods--creating and leading a team that will develop and execute the Sourcing Strategy for our External Manufacturing base.



    • Provides Procurement leadership for our EM network.
    • Creates the sourcing strategy that will drive Pinnacle Food’s ability to leverage our EM network to reduce cost and drive innovation without trading off on quality or service.
    • Accountable for supplier optimization process and ensures successful contract execution.  
    • Develops and executes the Procurement strategy that supports EM strategy, as part of the overall Manufacturing Network Strategy, and is aligned with key partners like R&D, commercialization leads, etc. The Strategy in this space needs to be dynamic enough to capture opportunities coming from make vs. buy analysis, supply base consolidation, set up overflow capacity solutions to alleviate internal capacity constraints and support speed to market for NPD.
    • Builds platform to effectively work with Manufacturing/ Marketing/ R&D to identify and match business needs with supplier capabilities to drive strong business partnerships through supplier challenges, relationship development and through sharing of the business priorities and innovation capabilities within supply industry.
    • Track and report on performance measures such as service level compliance, quality conformity and cost. Benchmark performance between various suppliers and identify opportunities for improvement.
    • Directs all Strategic Sourcing activity, Supply Base Relationship Development and is responsible for all of the day-to-day activities of staff involving Budgeting, Productivity, Quality and Stakeholder Communication. Leads Strategy Development, Supply Risk, Total Cost, Growth & Innovation with suppliers.  
    • Responsible for financial planning including developing pricing forecasts and budget assumptions to meet financial planning calendar and has direct accountability for productivity and cash flow contributions.  
    • Maintains strong linkages with stakeholders in External Manufacturing, Manufacturing, R&D, Commercialization and other Supply Chain functions to ensure alignment on goals and directs their respective activities accordingly.  



    • Eight to ten years of progressive CPG Food or Beverage experience
    • Senior supply chain leader for a large, sophisticated manufacturing company, most likely in the CPG Food or Beverage industries, who has demonstrated experience in the areas of responsibility described and track record in managing these functions, substantially upgrading or creating these capabilities within a Procurement Organization
    • Leading and managing teams; demonstrated capability in developing talent and implementing new processes and driving organizational change
    • Proven track record in delivering on cost savings targets
    • Confident leader, results oriented and solution driven with strong supply chain strategy acumen
    • Ability to influence, collaborate and interact within all levels of the organization.
    • Ability to manage across all functions of the business including Finance, Commercialization, Quality & Marketing
    • Experience with Strategic sourcing process, including strategy definition and implementation and leading contract negotiations
    • Experience with using E-sourcing tools to manage projects, contracts, RFX, and reverse auction, and to perform linear decision analysis;
    • Creating performance reporting tools, identifying performance metrics and developing scorecards to track progress
    • Excellent business acumen.
    • Strong analytical skills.
    • Comfortable working in a fast paced environment.
    • Comfortable in dealing with ambiguity and change of direction
    • Has successfully developed and implemented effective business strategies which call for coordination of activity from more than one functional area.
    • Has formulated and documented complex policies and procedures on own initiative with extensive overlap into other functional areas.



    • Undergraduate degree required.
    • MBA or graduate-level management degree would be a plus.


    • Will have direct supervision over a team of professionals

    Pinnacle Foods is an Affirmative Action/EEO Employer – qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to protected veteran or disability status, race/color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity or any other legally protected basis.









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