Smithfield Foods

  • Job ID
    Hidden (68975)
    FLSA Status
    Corporate - Day Shift
  • Overview

    Are you an ambitious, multi-tasker who can solve problems in a fast-paced environment that loves BACON?” Then you should join us in growing one of America’s top 25 consumer packaged goods companies, Smithfield Foods!  The Supply Chain team is looking for motivated professionals to facilitate the distribution of our great products to customers and consumers. 


    The Strategic Sourcing Manager is responsible for the strategic procurement of the Packaging Category for Smithfield Foods. This role will partner with cross functional stakeholders and suppliers to develop category strategies that deliver value for money, ensure supply chain continuity, measurable cost efficiencies, innovation and world class sourcing support to the organization. This role will leverage procurement expertise, risk management and relationship management skills.


    • Utilizes strategic sourcing methodology to develop category strategies, source, negotiate contracts and manage suppliers to deliver total lowest cost materials, ensure speed to market, value creation and mitigate the supply risks. Intimately understands the category markets and cost drivers and develops annual budgets for the Region.
    • Collaborate with other Smithfield operating groups on synergies to drive optimal value to the organization
    • Proactively works with suppliers to ensure the delivery of continuous improvement and technology which ultimately leads to competitive advantage and working capital reduction opportunities.
    • Serves as the primary point of contact for cross-functional partners across the organization, relative to sourcing activity: Quality, Innovation, Packaging, Productivity, Coman/Copacker Team, Business Management, Finance, Product Supply and Procurement Operational Team.
    • Work closely with operations and tactical purchasing teams to identify cost reduction programs.
    • Increase revenue for supported business by leading the sourcing of innovative packaging.
    • Work together with Quality Assurance and Regulatory to ensure all packaging is in compliance with all requirements.
    • Manage cost model strategies currently in place with key suppliers.


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. 

    • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university business, economics, engineering, supply chain or related discipline and 5+ years of relevant experience.
    • Minimum of  2+ years’ experience in a position of leadership to include team development and management, required 

    • Progressive experience utilizing strategic sourcing methodology, required.
    • Experience with eSourcing tools.
    • Excellent PC skills: MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), SAP.
    • Identify and develop a supply base.
    • Forecast price volatility leveraging market indicators (macro and micro), define means to protect the business against the volatility and manage variance.
    • Knowledge of Profit & Loss and Year Over Year cost savings metrics.
    • Ability to demonstrate proven results with contract reading, writing and negotiation.
    • Experience with “Strategic Sourcing Techniques” such as managing value stream, lean concepts, contractual alternatives, and buying theories.
    • Strong project management skills in support of cross functional team activities.
    • Strong communication skills, verbal and written.
    • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.
    • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.
    • Must be willing to travel a minimum of 20%

    Supervisory Responsibilities

    • Responsible for supervision of Strategic Sourcing Analysts.
    • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
    • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


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