Regional Category Manager LatAm - Beverage Cans and Metal Packaging

SABMiller - Miami, FL

Posted 787 days ago
  • Experience
    Mid-Senior level
  • Job function
  • Employment type
  • Industry
    Consumer Goods, Food & Beverages, Food Production
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Job description

Key Purpose Statement

  • Execution of procurement and supply management activities for Cans & Other Metals under the guidance of the Category Director
  • Drive Regional Supplier Management strategies and negotiations at middle management levels
  • Implement cost reduction strategies in procurement on an annual basis
  • Manage the analysts and other project resources dedicated or available to the category



Organisational Context


The Regional Category Manager will report to the Global Category Director.  Key to the success of the role will be their ability to manage category procurement and work with the wider procurement organisation to provide service to the SABMiller businesses.




Key Dimensions


The Regional Category Manager will be responsible for providing:

  • ·         Strategy Execution
  • ·         Risk Management
  • ·         Supplier Management
  • ·         Procurement services


to SABMiller LATAM. Their portfolio is anticipated to grow over 3 years to include variants, related products and possibly include backward integration of suppliers.



The Role

The role is to provide broad category procurement expertise, manage suppliers and support the development and implementation of strategies and operations ensuring that global procurement leverages scale and efficiencies, and manages risk appropriately within the category group in the LATAM Region.




Key Responsibilities


1) Strategy:

  • Under the guidance of the Category Director, participate in developing strategies and negotiating supply for an annual budget
  • Maintain Global Service Level agreements within the Regions and Countries
  • Drive annual productivity improvements in each spend category


2) Operation:

  • Implement the process to select and manage suppliers
  • Manage Supplier compliance and supply issues
  • Measure and track internal performance within each spend category
  • Drive best practices in procurement and logistics
  • Support country purchasing teams in resolving operational problems and in optimising short term supply plans
  • Uphold internal and external policies, regulations and laws especially for tax


3) Team:

  • Develop teamwork within Trinity and across the procurement organisation, with specific expertise in the portfolio spend categories
  • Manage the analysts and other team members
  • Attract, develop, and retain talent base as appropriate



Reporting lines


Direct:             Global Category Director



Desired Skills and Experience

Knowledge and Experience Required


  • An appropriate Bachelors degree and related qualification is essential
  • Extensive experience in Cans & Other Metals or similar packaging products as a category
  • Experience of working as a strategic sourcing ‘business partner’
  • Experience of stakeholder management in a complex decentralised global environment
  • Experience of the full range of Procurement tools, techniques and accountabilities ranging from supplier management, category analysis; buying and handling
  • Some knowledge of supplier, production and category management trends, regulations and regimes. 
  • Experience of successfully working with small but dispersed teams
  • Fluency in Spanish and English



Skills and Attributes Required


  • Able to understand and interpret strategic plans focused both on external and internal trends
  • Strong influencing and coaching skills
  • Good communicator across all levels within and external to the organisation with  personal gravitas and credibility
  • Customer focussed mindset and approach
  • Finance and budget management literate
  • Demonstrable problem solving skills with an ability to manage complexity and ambiguity
  • Excellent self management practices
  • Proactive, energetic and committed
  • Flexible, adaptable and pragmatic


About this company


  Trinity Procurement GmbH (“Trinity”) was formed to manage the global procurement activities of SABMiller plc, one of the world’s largest brewers with brewing interests and sales and distribution agreements spanning six continents.  Located in Steinhausen in the Canton of Zug, Switzerland, Trinity creates value for its customers and investors through excellence in procurement across an extensive range of commodities and components, including brewing materials, packaging materials, capital equipment, marketing materials and other assets and business consumables and services. 


Whilst the operation is centred in Zug and Trinity will provide the strategic leadership of the business, the organisation also comprises three regional teams dispersed across the international customer and supplier network. Forming part of the overall international matrix structure, these teams are located in Johannesburg (South Africa), Bogotá (Colombia) and Baar (Switzerland).  When fully established, the business is expected to employ in excess of 120 staff, representing a highly complex, multi-cultural workforce comprised, in many instances, of international leaders in their procurement field. Trinity will be characterised by its intellectual and analytical rigour, strategic focus backed up by executional excellence and relentless drive for value creation for its customers.   The creation of the required structures to support this global procurement organisation and to develop the optimal sourcing strategies is now well underway.  A critical component of this focuses on securing, retaining and developing the required talent referred to above and developing and embedding an appropriate employment infrastructure and culture to underpin the fulfilment of the company’s highly demanding goals.

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