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Buyer, Procurement (Drunk Elephant)

Location: East Windsor, New Jersey Brand: Drunk Elephant Date: 03/31/2023

Job Summary:

  • Lead the Americas Direct Procurement for the Drunk Elephant brand- $20MM
  • Drive costs savings through the regions, collaborating with the Brands financial organization to ensure alignment.
  • Drive change through the region to meet the needs of the business
  • Deliver year over year cost savings that improve the gross margin of the brands.
  • Improve working capital to increase free cash flow
  • Prepare the organization for the future needs of the consumer, whether it is skills, tools, or systems.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Lead category segmentation and develop strategies for all products and services to allow for further classification and analysis.
  • Identify categories to benchmark historical performance and forecast future price movements, communicating necessary adjustments to plan.
  • Work with business partners to identifying supplier partnerships through activities such as implementing alternative suppliers, alternative services and category innovation.
  • Lead RFX efforts, negotiation of supply agreements and commercial agreements where needed.
  • Manage and support new launch activity through quotations and lead time, onboarding of new suppliers, capacity analysis, quality concerns, etc.
  • Work on new innovations in the category.
  • Work with functions to develop global strategies and create synergies across the organizations
  • Work with business partners to create and execute strategies for the category.
  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to develop processes and tools.
  • Develop annual cost savings, cash improvement, lead time improvement and action plans to deliver the corporate objectives for year over year improvement.
  • Develop and monitor the use of appropriate KPI’s to measure and improve the effectiveness of the key elements of the procurement organization.

Working Relationships/Key Stakeholders:

  • Marketing/Product Development
  • Direct Procurement
  • Suppliers
  • New Product Development
  • Quality
  • S&OP

Financial Accountability 

Help the department manage approximately $20 MM USD spend across current suppliers and work with new suppliers to qualify them in our supply chain

Qualifications & Competencies: 

  • 4-year academic degree, MBA a plus
  • Prefer procurement certificates.
  • Minimum of 2-4 years’ experience operating in a procurement role, ideally in cosmetics/consumer goods industry.
  • Competent user of computerized IT systems – Word, PowerPoint, Excel and other associated scheduling, forecasting software packages
  • 2+ years of experience working within a procurement tool (SAP, Ariba etc) environment at an advanced level
  • Travel as needed to visit suppliers, resolve issues etc for new launches and ongoing business.
  • Lead and Manage by influencing others
  • Ability to take feedback
  • Accountable and transparent
  • Team oriented and collaborative
  • “Can do” problem solving
  • Action oriented
  • Driven to Succeed through others
  • Drive for results
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving capabilities
  • Customer focus including the ability to collaborate and support business goals and objectives

Trust 8 Competencies

Below is a list of Trust 8 Competencies designed to help employees at Shiseido Americas succeed as the company continues to evolve and innovate.

  1. Think Big:Adapt a big-picture perspective. Deliver new values through creativity.
  2. Take Risks:Embrace Risk, Practice “Trial and Error and Trial”.
  3. Hands On:Consider Front-line realities when making decisions. Take the lead from end to end.
  1. Collaborate:Leverage the diverse capabilities of colleagues.
  2. Be Open:Create an environment that encourages everyone to speak up.
  3. Act with Integrity:Be sincere and humble at all times.
  4. Be Accountable:Commit to the goal. Take accountability for the execution.
  5. Applaud Success:Create a culture that celebrates success


Shiseido is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender identity, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other classification protected by Federal, State or Local law

Job ID: 11552 Category: Corporate

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