Kraft Heinz Company

Category Specialist- Indirect Procurement – Transportation

  • Kraft Heinz Company
  • Chicago, IL
  • 5 days ago


Job Description

About Us

The Kraft Heinz Company is one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world, with eight $1 billion+ brands and global sales of approximately $25 billion.

We’re a globally trusted producer of high-quality, great-tasting, and nutritious foods for over 150 years.

Our brands are truly global, with products produced and marketed in over 40 countries.

These beloved products include condiments and sauces, cheese and dairy, meals, meats, refreshment beverages, coffee, infant and nutrition products, and numerous other grocery products in a portfolio of more than 200 legacy and emerging brands.

No matter the brand, we’re united under one vision: To sustainably grow by delighting more consumers globally.

Bringing this vision to life is our team of 39,000+ food lovers, creative thinkers, and high performers worldwide.

Together, we help provide meals to those in need through our global partnership with Rise Against Hunger.

We also stand committed to responsible, sustainable practices that extend to every facet of our business, our consumers, and our communities.

Every day, we’re transforming the food industry with bold thinking and unprecedented results.

If you share our passion – and are ready to create the future, build a legacy, and lead as a global citizen – there’s only one thing to do: join our table and let’s make life delicious!

Our Culture of Ownership, Meritocracy and Collaboration

We're not afraid to think differently.

Embrace new ideas.

Dream big.

We empower our people at every level – from entry-level intern to senior leader – to own their work.

We share a responsibility to think like Owners – to be mindful of the collective and sustained success of Kraft Heinz – which we apply to every situation, every day.

As part of Kraft Heinz, you're supported to grow and achieve.

You’re expected to bring your authentic self to work every day, to lead with humility, and drive outstanding performance at every level – and you’ll be rewarded.

You’re given opportunities to leave a mark and build a legacy.

But you won’t do it alone.

You’re supported by passionate teammates along the way, and our collective, collaborative spirit fuels our incredible progress.

Vaccination & Future of Work Expectations

Our highest priority is always the health and safety of our Kraft Heinz family.

We require our office-based, home-based, R&D, and sales team members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless approved for a medical or religious accommodation.

This will enable our transition to hybrid work while maximizing the wellbeing of our entire team.

We believe the office is a critical driver of innovation, connection and development, but also realize providing more flexibility to our employees is critical in this new world.

Starting in January 2022, the majority of our salaried employees will be able to work virtually for up to two days each week to create a more agile and modern workplace.

Some jobs may be required to be performed fully in person depending a role’s responsibilities and requirements.

General information

All posting locations:

Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Job Function:

02 - Procurement


02 - 03 - Direct / Indirect Material

Date Published:


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Description & Requirements

Kraft Heinz is currently hiring a Category Specialist- Indirect Procurement – Transportation - in Chicago- Illinois.

The Category Specialist will be responsible for leading all strategic planning and sourcing activities for 7+ related subcategories (e.g.- Full-Truckload- Less-than-Truckload (LTL)- Small Parcel- Rail- Spotting and Shuttling- and Intermodal) with a total spend of $1 Billion across Kraft Heinz and 200+ suppliers.

You will leverage your experience and knowledge to lead a team who will build comprehensive strategies at the category level and execute the strategy through the sourcing process.

You will also drive program compliance through Supplier and Contract Management and sustainable strategies that will actively seek to reduce and control transportation service costs while increasing the business's efficiencies.

You will work closely with several cross-functional areas.

Your Responsibilities and Duties

Manage mid to executive-level clients and supplier relationships on an ongoing basis to ensure customer satisfaction.

Includes conducting Supplier Business Reviews – High Level Escalation Point for Performance and Risk Issues.

Support major supplier issues and work with stakeholders to identify and drive resolution.

Support Sourcing and Category Management for North American Transportation categories and deliver on performance goals for categories representing a significant amount of spend.

Includes supporting strategic sourcing projects for supplier selection/optimization to execute on the Category Management vision and strategies.

Lead discussions with critical suppliers around long-term objectives and strategies- ongoing market trends- innovation and technology advances- and potential investment decisions

Develop multi-year category vision and strategy based on the data- insights- and business requirements.

Build strong business relationships to increase influence over total category spend

Identify and evaluate potential value generating projects based on complexity- resources- risk- time to implement- and estimated financial impact

Manage prioritized portfolio of projects for the category in the near and long term

Execute highly complex contracts in accordance with policies and processes; ability to apply competency across categories

Maintain a strong understanding of category dynamics (current market- pricing- cost drivers- industry- and supplier variables) through trade groups- publications- etc. and communicates changes to business stakeholders

Manage Total Cost of Ownership at the category level through collaboration with Data Analytics- accountable for measuring and reporting value delivery

Do you enjoy fast-paced Environment?

Are you ready to own your next career chapter?

Please apply if you meet the below requirements:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience

Proven 3 to 5 years of experience in Indirect Procurement- logistics and Transportation and/or industry experience

Advanced in Microsoft Office 365 Suite (Word- Excel- PowerPoint- Outlook)

Familiarity with eProcurement Source-to-Pay tools desirable (e.g.- Ariba- Jaggaer- and Workday a plus)

Experience in Supplier Performance & Risk Management tools desirable

Experience with National & Regional Transportation Industry leaders is a plus

Have strong written- verbal- and listening skills

Able to effectively negotiate and influence business decisions and change

Have strong analytical- planning and execution skills

Can be forceful and direct as well as diplomatic

Able to multitask and juggle projects at varying levels of complexity

Kraft Heinz is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Underrepresented Ethnic Minority Groups/Women/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity and other protected classes.

In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for protected individuals, applicants that require accommodation in the job application process may contact [email protected] for assistance.

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