• Director, Strategic Procurement Center of Excellence (COE)

    Job Locations US-CO-Loveland | CA-SK-Saskatoon | US-CO-Loveland | CA-AB-Calgary
    Posted Date 2 months ago(12/28/2018 11:44 AM)
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    Job Category
    Supply Chain, Distribution & Logistics
    Business Unit
  • Job Description

    Director, Strategic Procurement Center of Excellence (COE), Calgary, AB, Saskatoon, SK, Loveland, CO, or other Nutrien site

    The Director, Strategic Procurement COE is responsible for leading a transformational center of excellence that underpins world-class procurement at Nutrien. This includes leading and empowering a strong and focused team within the COE, modifying organizational and governance design as necessary, enabling world-class processes, systems and continuous improvement, facilitating excellent stakeholder engagement and supplier relationship management, and developing all necessary foundations that allows Procurement to, as applicable to the function, grow our world from the ground up.

    Our Procurement organization is organized to (i) exact benefits from leveraging enterprise-wide spend and efficiencies associated with central and shared governance, planning, processes, systems, resources, communications and other infrastructure; and, (ii) execute on a geographically beneficial basis to support the unique requirements of each of our business unit operating sites.

    The COE provides both strategic and tactical best practices and support services to the Procurement function broadly including central Category Management strategic procurement – Goods, Services and Capital teams – and Business Unit (BU) procurement operations (Potash, Nitrogen, Phosphate, Retail and Corporate) and, where applicable, support to other functions and business partners across the company (eg. IT, HR, Finance, Legal, SHE). The COE provides the critical foundations for excellent customer-centric Procurement service delivery for Nutrien’s Bus.

    The COE is currently organized into four practice areas: a. Governance (policies, procedures, tools, templates, data (spend/supplier/material master data), performance and compliance reporting, talent management/training; b. Supplier and Stakeholder Relationship Management (supplier lifecycle performance, qualification, risk management, safety, communications, change management, diversity and inclusion, digital enablement) c. Procurement Operations (SAP-Ariba S2P, ERP’s design, development and enhancements) and d. Legal/Contracts. In coordination with our IT business partners, the COE is responsible for the best design, development and utilization of SAP-Ariba modules for world-class procurement, as well as several other applicable data, data management, and reporting tools for the same.

    Key Deliverables

    • Strategy and Planning:
      • Design, develop and execute strategies that enable the world-class Procurement COE function
      • Design develop and execute Procurement digital and data strategies and roadmaps
      • Develop a comprehensive set of Procurement operational reports to optimize center and site business decision making regarding spend management, savings delivery, inventory
      • management, supplier management, risk management, etc.
      • Develop a comprehensive set of processes to provide back-office support to category management and site procurement teams
      • Develop and manage a training program that will support talent development for Procurement personnel
      • Perform additional task as assigned and defined by the VP, Procurement
    • Technical Performance:
      • Reflecting overall responsibility for Procurement COE practice areas:
      • Establish, implement and manage best practice procurement governance and governance management practices
      • Manage long-term data, process, digital and talent transformations within Procurement
      • Manage source-to-pay (S2P) workflow automation, inventory optimization, contract management and supplier relationship management tools via SAP-Ariba
      • Manage material master data, supplier master data, and spend data continuous improvement initiatives
      • Optimize world-class procurement business processes for all aspects of best business decision making where suppliers are involved (including management of supply eg. inventory/warehouse optimization), including insource/outsource decisions
      • Manage the development and execution of a consistent global procurement performance model that accurately defines and measures procurement effectiveness, savings, synergies, and other performance and compliance results
    • Business/Operational Impact and Decisions
      • Develop and manage the COE to set foundational capabilities that enables the entire Procurement organization to identify, capture and sustain value from Nutrien’s supply network
      • Provide leadership on COE/Procurement related project teams
      • Represent the Procurement COE in a leadership capacity on business or project matters requested by other Nutrien functional business partners (Finance, IT, HR, Legal, SHE etc.)
      • Demonstrate a strong initiative, work ethic, and dedication to designing, developing and executing world class, best practice procurement strategies and plans
      • Remain up to date with evolving supply chain practices and standards that may be rapidly changing internally and externally. Become and remain immersed in procurement and warehouse/inventory best practices across industry and sectors (e.g. Procurement Leaders, Gartner/SCM World networks), with strong capabilities in obtaining, adapting, evolving, and executing best practices for Nutrien and our suppliers (for ultimate Nutrien benefit)
      • Develop capabilities to measure trade-offs and continually strike effective balance between the interests of Nutrien, our suppliers, and our commitments to diverse constituencies
      • Develop and execute Nutrien’s supply chain Diversity and Inclusion strategies, while continually leveraging and aligning with internal partners such as Sustainability, Corporate
      • Relations/Community Investment, HR, and other relevant internal stakeholder groups
    • Policy, Process and Procedures:
      • Responsible for the design, development and ongoing improvement of Procurement Governance;
      • Responsible for design, implementation and monitoring of Nutrien Procurement and end user compliance with Procurement Governance
      • Responsible for developing excellent data and reporting capabilities to achieve the above
    • Customer Focus:
      • Enable, promote and enforce, in all aspects and regards, Procurement’s customer-centric mindset and capabilities
    • Talent Management:
      • The COE has strong and diverse leaders of each functional area within it: Governance, SRM, Business Procurement Operations, and Legal/Contracts. The Director will:
      • Provide excellent leadership, coaching, mentoring and sponsorship for these leaders and their teams, particularly important given the continuous change environment Nutrien Procurement expects to be in for the foreseeable future
      • Develop, maintain and communicate COE talent management and development strategies linked to the overall Procurement strategies
      • Establish overall, aligned annual goals and targets for COE team members;
      • Promote diversity and inclusion in the organization
      • Create a talent coaching, mentoring and sponsorship plan for the COE and Procurement organization broadly


    • Experience:
      • Deep procurement/business transformation experience including integrated digital, data, process and talent transformations
      • Deep world-class procurement and supply chain experience, including COE (or COE-like) experience, focused on best-practice governance (policies, procedures, tools, templates, data, performance and compliance reporting), procurement process redesign and improvement, eProcurement systems (SAP-Ariba/Coupa/iValua etc.), risk management, communications and change management, spend management, strategic sourcing and category management
    • Education Degree
      • Bachelor’s degree required. Post-bachelor’s degree designation preferred (MBA, CPA, etc.)
      • Certifications in supply chain, procurement, inventory management, operations management or process improvement would be highly beneficial (SCMP/CPSM/Lean Six Sigma Green Belt or higher, etc.) 
    • Education Discipline
      • Business, Finance, Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Operations Management or related field
    • Relevant Skills/Experience
      • Strong program management, project management and leadership experience within a transforming procurement or supply chain organization, or COE
      • Strategic sourcing experience and capabilities
        • Commodity spend management
        • Source-to-pay (Source-to-contract + procure-to-pay)
        • Supplier negotiations
        • Supplier management
        • Supply chain
        • Strong understanding of supply chain concepts including strategic inventory management
      • Results-driven mindset and capabilities, adept at resource prioritization, target setting, budgeting and business case development
      • Motivated, high-energy, curious self-starter, strong business mindset; proven change agent with excellent facilitation and problem-solving skills
      • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with comfort working cross-functionally to gather information and resolve conflicts
      • Team leadership skills capable of managing a team process to meet defined objectives
      • Understanding of complex contract language, with a strong attention to detail
    • Required Competencies
      • Clear and solid understanding of, and practical experience with, enterprise asset management (maintenance, procurement, inventory management), spend management (e.g., Ariba,
      • Analysis & Reports) and enterprise resource planning systems and tools (SAP/Oracle)
      • Clear and solid understanding of Supplier Portal and Material Master Data tools, systems and processes and how they are integrated with all Systems (SAP/Oracle)
      • Experience with Procurement analytics and relevant KPI’s
      • Advanced skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and other MS Office applications
      • High degree of ethics, discretion, honesty, fairness, and sound business practices to secure and maintain Nutrien’s reputation in the market
    • Additional Notes
      • Location of work can be flexible within Nutrien offices and/or sites; travel as needed within North America and occasionally international (~25%)

    **EOE race/color/sex/sexual orientation/gender identity/disability/veteran


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