PB CAREERS: Ahold – Manager Corporate Brand Sourcing

Ahold - frontAhold – Manager Corporate Brand Sourcing
Department Name:
Grade: 015
FLSA: Exempt
Job Status: Full-Time
State: Pennsylvania
City: Carlisle
Recruiter: LYN MARTIN

Job Description
The Sourcing Manager is responsible for the strategic sourcing and management of  $400 Million in Cost of Goods (spend) for Ahold’s retail Corporate Brands (CB) Program.  This position is responsible for the creation, management and development of the strategies to minimize our Corporate Brands Cost of Goods while insuring that the products meet the quality and strategic needs of the company in a few of the Grocery, Dairy, Frozen, Household, Baby and Pet portfolios.   Success in this position will allow the company to expand our Corporate Brand program – an important part of Ahold’s strategy to differentiate our offer and improve our long-term competitive strength. Vendor strategy and management, consensus building and problem resolution are all additional key drivers of success.

Job Requirements
Manage category spend of $400 million with a goal of lowering total cost of ownership for our company. Understand the procurement needs of the organization; research potential supply sources for your categories. Negotiate purchasing and vendor contracts. Plan, organize, coordinate and direct all procurement activities relative to the negotiation, procurement and delivery of goods and services in the private label non-perishable categories you will manage. Demonstrate an understanding and command of the category spend from a company and marketplace perspective.

Oversee the management of vendor relationships in order to ensure that the organization receives maximum value in terms of price, quality, service and reliability.

Evaluate performance relative to financial, risk management, productivity measurements, and the marketplace.

Develop a long-term approach to your category as well as an annual sourcing plan to address the category spend based upon need (new development, redevelopment of the category, contract expiration, or application of sourcing best practices) as well as opportunity.

Conduct the RFX (Request For Information, Request For Proposal) process as part of our strategic sourcing process.  Use virtual tools, such as online auctions, to organize sourcing engagements and obtain market information.  Work with a diverse group of teammates to include supermarket category management teams and an on-site brokerage company.   Present yourself as the category expert of your categories to the business and suppliers.

Provide periodic reports to clients on sourcing savings and expense reduction of strategically sourced categories

Assist Sourcing Senior Management in developing a strategic sourcing model within our CB Sourcing Team.  Help team develop component-costing model.

Essential Skills
Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Bachelors Degree
  • 5-7 Years Experience
  • Oral and/or written communication skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Customer focus
  • Initiative
  • Negotiation skills
  • Strategic Planning

Education (Highest Level): Bachelors Degree
Experience: 5-7 years


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Christopher Durham
Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.