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Associate Manager, Direct Material Procurement Operations - Lifestyle Brands

Racine, Wisconsin Job ID 18606 Apply

The Associate Manager, Direct Materials Procurement Operations – Lifestyle Brands (LSB) executes strategies for direct material suppliers for the Lifestyles Business Unit that ensure delivery of business objectives including Customer Service, Cost, Cash, Quality, Innovation and Sustainability.  You will own and work cross-functionally to deliver on supplier performance measurement and drive continuous improvement process for direct material suppliers.  You will also ensure direct materials supply/material availability at LSB plants and select third party manufacturers as well as ensure materials meet SCJ specifications.  In this role, you will partner with LSB Innovation to ensures innovation and new products are implemented on time.

SC Johnson is a fifth-generation family company built on a spirit of adventure and winning the right way. We have been leading with purpose for over 130 years, building top brands such as Raid®, Glade®, Kiwi®, OFF!®, Windex®, Ziploc® and more, in virtually every country. Through these household names, we are making a positive difference to the world around us. But we only succeed with the combined vitality and strength of our 13,000 people who we truly value and support in their pursuit of individual and shared goals.

SC Johnson’s total compensation packages are at or above industry levels. In addition to salary, total packages may include bonuses, long-term incentives, matching 401(k) contributions and profit sharing based on company profitability, job level and years of service. As a family company, we’re committed to providing benefits such as subsidized health care plans, maternity/paternity/adoption leave, flexible work arrangements, vacation purchase options, recreation and fitness centers, childcare, counseling services and more.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), leading regular reviews with SRM suppliers and driving improvements to supplier performance.  Participate in expanding/automating SRM by cleansing data, training suppliers, driving recurrent cross-functional meetings with suppliers and validating scorecards/metrics

  • Ensures routines and rituals are set and occur to ensure supplier and SCJ are in conformance with all Service Level Agreements (SLAs) 

  • Manages suppliers and works cross-functionally with LSB stakeholders (e.g. Planning, Quality, etc.) to ensure suppliers meet LSB requirements 

  • Leads implementation of LSB sourcing strategies

  • Proactively assesses supplier capacity and initiates improvements with suppliers and stakeholders to increase supply chain reliability and efficiency

  • Partners with LSB Innovation teams to represent Procurement in the delivery and execution of LSB Innovation, product launches, etc.

  • Ensure all internal and external audits occur and any resulting action items are closed for assigned scope of work

  • Participate in various LSB forums (S&OP, Innovation teams, etc.)

  • Ensures supply/material availability at LSB plants and select third party manufacturers and ensures material meets SCJ specifications

  • Provides insights and recommendations to sourcing strategies 

  • Identifies and implements process optimization to minimize cost, reduce waste, maximize efficiencies, increase speed (e.g.  MOQ, inventory, lead time optimization)

  • Ensures prices and other SAP parameters are well maintained (including price maintenance) for LSB direct material suppliers

  • Incorporate Brand and Corporate Sustainability strategies into LSB plans to help ensure we are leading in CPG sustainability

  • Continuous communication with Global Procurement Portfolio teams

Required Skills / Experience / Competencies

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain, Business, Operation Management, Engineering, or Finance or relevant military experience considered in lieu of degree requirements

  • 5+ years of work experience in Supply Chain, Procurement, or related field

  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States

Preferred Skills / Experience / Competencies

  • Experience in Consumer-Packaged Goods Industry

  • Project Management, Supplier Management, Manufacturing and New Product Commercialization Experience

  • Proven track record in building relationships and strategic alliances internally and externally

  • Experience with ERP systems (SAP preferred) 

  • Strong interpersonal communication, organization, and analytical skills

  • Ability to collaborate cross-functionally and interface with multiple levels of both internal and external organizations

  • Strong knowledge of production/process technologies like Lean, Six Sigma, Kaizen, OEE, TPM etc. 

  • Strong financial acumen and stakeholder influencing skills

  • Ability to think strategically and objectively with an aptness for building viable action plans

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities at a time and often under tight timelines 

  • Ability to analyze and assimilate relevant data into recommendations and decisions

  • Manage complexity and ability to deal with ambiguity

Job Requirements

  • Remote work is available once a week for eligible employees

Better Together

At SC Johnson, we strive to create a positive, inclusive and unique workplace. We strongly believe SCJ people are able to achieve their best when they can collaborate and work together in person.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The policy of the Company is to ensure equal opportunity for all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, gender identity, gender expression, disability, citizenship, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in any active or reserve component of the U.S. or state military forces, genetic history or information or any other category protected by law.

Accommodation Requests

If you are an individual with a disability and you need an accommodation or other assistance during the application process, please call our Human Resources department at 262-260-3343 or email your request to All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. Download the EEO is the Law poster for more information.


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