Indigo improves grower profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health through the use of natural microbiology and digital technologies. Utilizing beneficial plant microbes and agronomic insights, Indigo works with growers to sustainably produce high quality harvests. The company then connects growers and buyers directly to bring these harvests to market. Working across the supply chain, Indigo is forwarding its mission of harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet. The company is headquartered in Boston, MA, with additional offices in Memphis, TN, Research Triangle Park, NC, Sydney, Australia, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and São Paulo, Brazil. http://www.indigoag.com/      

 The Direct Materials Category Manager will be responsible for, developing and leading the capability of cross functional category teams, namely in sourcing chemicals, ingredients, packaging, lab supplies, capital equipment and contract manufacturers.  Collaborating with cross-functional customers in investigating opportunities to lower the total cost of ownership of strategic commodities.  Developing and managing the execution of category strategies. Building relationships with business unit customers, category owners and suppliers. Negotiating and managing category contracts. Providing support to procurement of materials and services. Defining supplier performance/productivity improvement criteria and measures. Managing supplier relationships, including identifying new suppliers who can scale and grow accordingly with Indigo’s needs. Introducing new technology that drives continuous improvement in processes, procedures and S2P management.

 

Responsibilities: 

  • Build and develop strong partnerships with external partners and internal stakeholders
  • Identify and meet with the key stakeholders of each type of spend associated with the assigned categories, in order to learn and document business requirements and specifications for the desired products and services needed (routine and special requirements).
  • Build strong rapport with suppliers
  • Determine category and procurement spend
  • Have a working knowledge of the assigned categories of spend, understand the existing suppliers and review all contracts and purchase orders that are active
  • Conduct detailed spend analysis by category
  • Develop cost saving targets
  • Conduct market and competitive conditions by category
  • become a procurement superuser for the Oracle System
  • Determine category needs and develop overall Indigo Direct category procurement strategy
  • Within 90 days, establish a process for stakeholders to request future purchase needs and design a process to serve those needs (negotiations, contract creation and completion, identify new and/or improve suppliers)
  • Within 150 days, develop the beginning structure and content of a written strategy for each assigned category
  • Understands and embodies our mission & core values
  • Excited by Indigo’s mission; believes that Indigo can fundamentally change the agriculture industry; can clearly articulate passion for our mission and values
  • Optimistic and innovative; solution-oriented; shows no signs of cynicism
  • Will be widely viewed as someone who personifies our core values, is committed to them, and leans on them when making decisions. 
  • Demonstrates a track record of high integrity - doing the right thing, owning mistakes, conducting oneself honestly
  • Values, communicates and interacts with others with high levels of transparency and respect
  • Collaborates well across functions; creates an inspiring and collegial work environment 

Competencies: 

  • Category strategy development, business integration and execution
  • Business value optimization
  • Strong negotiation skills (contract)
  • End to end knowledge of the Procure to Pay process
  • Able to influence others, anticipate needs and be proactive
  • Strong project management skills
  • Data-driven/strong analytical skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Market analysis
  • Demonstrated experience in working with Reverse Auction tools and electronic catalog systems 

Qualifications: 

  • Experience with enterprise procurement systems (Oracle ERP preferred)
  • 8-10 years of procurement experience preferred
  • Able to travel; 20% on average
  • Bachelor’s degree required; MBA preferred: Procurement, supply chain or business-related degree
  • Lean Six Sigma experience/certification preferred
  • Experience in spend analysis, market and benchmark analysis
  • Experience in a manufacturing or life sciences industry (preferred)
  • Memphis office preferred

Indigo is committed to living our values, specifically “creating a work environment where everyone feels respected, connected, and has opportunities to learn and grow.” As part of living our values, we strive to create a diverse and inclusive work environment where everyone feels they can be themselves and has an equal opportunity of succeeding.

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