Senior Sourcing Manager, Ingredients

Job Title: Senior Sourcing Manager, Ingredients

Principal Accountabilities

Ownership and responsibility for the strategic sourcing of ingredients

  • Lead and direct the ingredient sourcing strategy mitigating market inflation and providing accurate cost forecasts.
  • Fully understand and lead category by exercising existing deep subject matter knowledge or developing such knowledge in:
    • Cost drivers
    • Industry insights on owned categories
    • New product development
    • Commodity knowledge and experience actively managing commodities within the Food/Beverage space (where applicable)
    • Develop and own the category food cost plan; monitor and maintain performance for the year
    • Recognize, cultivate, and lead cost-savings measures
    • Negotiate the lowest price based on based on deploying the most profitable response to our demand in consideration of our product specifications, quality, service levels, and industry conditions
    • Work together with cross-functional partners such as QA, Operations, Culinary, Finance to provide project visibility and allow for cross-functional alignment and execution of Sourcing projects
  • Execute sourcing strategies that are based on fundamental economic analysis and implement within the context of tolerance for risk at the Company.
  • Grow, maintain, and establish strong supplier business relationships
  • Actively solicit supplier performance feedback from Suppliers
  • Enhance supplier development by communicating Ruiz’s performance standards measures, develop joint improvement initiatives (product, process, etc.) as needed
  • Conduct and lead regular business review sessions with our supplier partners in order to inform and align them with Ruiz’s strategy for managed products
  • Develop and ensure up to date management of supplier contingency plans and strategy in the event the primary supplier is unable to performs as required (quality, delivery, spec adherence, etc.)
  • Ensure we have supplier contracts and pricing agreements detailing costs and pricing methodology Coordinate with Ruiz’s Supply Management team in determining optimal supplier locations and delivery methods
  • Coordinate the execution of new product (permanent or LTO) introductions in considering production lead times, MOQs, and contingency
  • Own forecast model for ingredient spend


Decision Making Authority and Impact

  • Procure the 60 million USD spend and sourcing of ingredients including sauces, IQF and fresh vegetables, starches, emulsifiers, spices, beans, batters, and other miscellaneous items.
  • Deliver value for money for Ruiz Foods given the dynamic ingredient markets. Decisions in this area can significantly affect Ruiz Foods profit and/or cause the business to cut investment spending in order to cover cost pressures.
  • Supplier selection and business commitments for the portfolio of the annual volume, within the limits of Finance and the Quality. (Conduct RFP’s)
  • Prediction of costs, to maximize accuracy and delivery of the business plan and P&L projections. Sets annual cost standards for assigned ingredients.
  • Make contractual commitments on behalf of the Company within the framework of the Limits of Authority.


Key Functional Skills/Knowledge

  • Strong Analytical, Planning, Market Research and Trade Execution skills
  • Ability to effectively negotiate and influence business decisions and change
  • Can work through tough agreements and settle disputes effectively
  • Ability to influence others not in direct span of control
  • Good interpersonal, team building, and conflict management skills


Required Experiences & Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, mathematics, economics, supply chain, procurement, engineering or a related field.
  • Minimum 7-10 years of experience in an ingredient purchasing role within the Consumer-Packaged Goods (CPG) Industry
  • Experience in managing dynamic business environments, where price stability, supply availability, and potential business outcomes are under continuous pressure and change.
  • Experience in strategic sourcing including end to end strategy development.
  • Experience in productivity or related cost reduction programs
  • Experience in strategic negotiations including RFPs (Analysis and recommendations)
  • MS Excel, Word, and PowerPoint functional skills
  • Must be able to travel up to 10%+ of the time or as required by the business


Preferred Experiences & Education

  • MBA and/or equivalent years of experience
  • Proficient in ERP and MRP systems
  • Knowledge of Spanish
  • Knowledge of commodity markets a plus




How To Apply

Send Resume To:
Human Resources
501 South Alta Ave
P.O. Box 37
Dinuba, CA 93618
Fax to (559) 591-1593
E-mail resume as a word attachment to:

Ruiz Foods is an equal opportunity employer.
EOE: Male, Female, Vets, Disabled (M/F/V/D).
Ruiz Foods enforces a policy of maintaining a drug-free workforce, including pre-employment substance abuse testing.

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