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Associate Buyer

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 155,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.


Position Purpose

This is an entry level position within Cargill’s global Strategic Sourcing and Procurement team. The primary function of this position is to lead and support sourcing projects and assist with daily needs of a given category of spend. These activities include but are not limited to; supporting the strategic sourcing process, execution of national, regional, and/or local agreements to include bidding, negotiations, supplier selection/development, and contract management. This position is responsible for executing supply contracts and other related work in a fast paced environment to meet company goals. The Associate Buyer will coordinate activities with procurement, logistics, plant management, operations, R&D, and finance personnel to meet supply requirements. This is data intensive role and applicants should be well-versed in Excel/Access, working with large data sets, and using data to take action with little to no direction.

Principal Accountabilities

60% Implement sourcing strategies Accountable for achieving individual tactical sourcing targets and goals * Coordinate day to day activities related to alignment and implementation of strategic sourcing activities. * Run reports, build bid templates, analyze spend information for opportunities to take action. * Establish and maintain on-going tracking metrics. * Drive projects to support a culture of innovation and continuous improvement. * Focus on development of projects to promote workforce efficiency and stakeholder value. * Identify, lead, and support continuous improvement opportunities. 20% Manage supplier events & relationships * Source non-contracted requirements by: o Gathering and performing basic analysis of internal spend data o Gathering specifications/requirements from internal stakeholders o Researching unique and alternative supplier options o Execute bid events in our RFP software, Ariba o Collecting supplier bids and performing basic analysis of results o Negotiating contract terms and conditions * Manage supplier relationships in alignment with category strategy and requirements - SRM. * Manage supply interruptions and coordinate root cause and corrective actions where applicable. * Escalate supply interruptions to appropriate category contact as deemed necessary. * Act as liaison for supplier payment inquiries as requested. 15% Provide procurement support & planning * Gather information and apply a general understanding of plant operations in order to provide suppliers with forecasted supply requirements. Ensure alignment between supplier and Cargill. * Conduct research and analysis through internal and external data sources to deliver pertinent information to function and stakeholders to aid in strategy development. * Act as subject matter expert in the area of Sourcing and Procurement for stakeholders and project teams. 5% Manage/execute procurement transaction processes * Ensure requests are processed for procurement of materials and services. * Delegate administrative duties to support staff as appropriate (e.g. processing procurement requests, preparing purchase orders, scheduling/expediting/confirming delivery, coordinating return of rejected items etc. * Identify supply chain issues and collaborate with suppliers and Cargill plant personnel to identify root causes and implement solutions to prevent reoccurrence. _Relocation will not be provided for this position._


Required Qualifications:

* Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain, Business, Finance or related degree program OR High School Diploma and 5 years of procurement experience. * Experience using the Microsoft Suite -Word, Excel and PowerPoint. * Proven business and financial acumen.

Success Factors:

* Strong analytical and problem solving skills. * Ability to think strategically and build relationships with internally and externally. * Strong communication (written and verbal) and presentation skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

* SAP Systems experience. * Manufacturing or Procurement experience. * Category management experience (Industrial Services, Chemicals, Raw Materials, etc.). * Experience negotiating with suppliers. * Comprehensive knowledge of advanced principles, concepts and practices in following areas: procurement, computer based inventory systems and manufacturing operations. Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.


Strategic Sourcing & Procurement

Primary Location


Other Locations

US-KS-Wichita, US-MN-Wayzata



Job Type



Day Job

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At Cargill, everyone matters and everyone counts. Cargill is committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive and diverse work environment where all employees are treated with dignity and respect. As such and in alignment with our Guiding Principles, Cargill’s long-standing equal employment opportunity policy prohibits discrimination and harassment against any employee or applicant based on race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, family status, citizenship status, veteran status, military status, union affiliation, or any other status protected by law. 

Cargill also complies with all applicable national and local laws and regulations pertaining to non-discrimination and employment.

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