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Manager, Procurement- Ingredients

City & State: 

Chicago, IL, US, 60654

Job Category:  Procurement/Purchasing

ARYZTA is a global baking company with a Passion for Good Food. We provide our retail and foodservice customers with a portfolio of bakery solutions so they can deliver memorable, delicious food to consumers. With operations in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, ARYZTA has become a global leader in the baked goods industry and one of the largest specialty bakery companies in the world. Our leading bakery brands in North America include La Brea Bakery®, Otis Spunkmeyer®, and Oakrun Farm Bakery®. We have 58 state-of-the-art bakeries and kitchens around the globe, with 20 of those in North America, and are committed to driving innovation, predicting upcoming consumer trends and flavors, and exceeding our customers’ expectations. The Americas team champions the values of Integrity, Ownership, Customer Focus, Creativity and Care to help us deliver on People Safety, Food Safety, Quality and Collaboration.




Job Title

  • Manager – Procurement (Ingredients)


  • Chicago, IL USA


  • Procurement

Reporting to

  • Director – Procurement

Job Description

This position will be responsible for delivering value through sourcing savings initiatives and value engineering projects, while ensuring supply continuity and management of day-to-day tasks as well as annual budget preparation.  The position will report to the Director - Procurement.  This position is strategically important to delivering Procurement’s cost of goods budgets within stated annual goals and objectives, and is critical to the price stability of finished foods. 



  • Development and implementation of key sourcing strategies, including increasing the ability to leverage volume and spend in those categories, delivering cost savings
  • Analyze financials, forecast and anticipate changes in cost and availability for assigned categories.
  • Develop relationships with suppliers and supports both bakery and business needs
  • Develop cost models and analytical tools that provides full transparency to cost drivers
  • Responsible for category financial planning, including the annual budget and standard cost development process
  • Understand and analyze purchase price variances and the impact on the business
  • Support bakeries with supply continuity through various formats including alternative suppliers
  • Support the business units by assessing potential commodity market price movement through fundamental, technical, and macro-economic analysis.
  • Define and assess price and supply risks and exposure for commodity categories.
  • Regularly review impact of economic, trade flow and commodity movements, assessing trends and provide insights to Procurement team and business partners on underlying cost drivers.
  • Monitor market dynamics and collaborate with the Risk Management team to make coverage recommendations to optimize value in commodity markets.
  • Assist in the development and executing the appropriate hedge strategies and positions to manage risk, minimize cost, and providing potential financial benefit.
  • Other duties and responsibilities may be required and/or assigned as necessary.



Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Supply Chain, Procurement, Finance or Accounting preferred
  • 3-5 years of related procurement; food manufacturing and ingredients procurement experience is strongly preferred
  • Expertise in contract negotiations, cost modeling, and value chain analysis
  • Negotiation and influencing skills
  • Solid communication, problem solving and research skills are necessary
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Excel, Word & PowerPoint and prior experience with SAP is a plus
  • Ability to travel for work including bakery visits and supplier location visits





ARYZTA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.