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Title:  Indirect Procurement Cluster Manager, North America, Head Office Mississauga

Job ID:  29601
Country:  Canada
City:  Mississauga
Professional area:  Procurement
Contract type:  Permanent
Professional level:  Experienced

About JTI


JTI-Macdonald Corp. is one of Canada’s leading tobacco and vaping companies and we employ approximately 500 employees across Canada with administrative offices in Mississauga, manufacturing facilities in Montreal and sales offices across the country. For the past three years, and most recently in 2019, we have been awarded Top Employer.


We are a member of Japan Tobacco International (JTI), maker of some of the world’s best-known brands in the traditional tobacco and potentially Reduced-Risk Products (RRP) categories. As our industry changes, our commitment to consumer choice remains. We are transforming to provide a wider portfolio of quality products, including those with the potential to reduce the risks associated with smoking.


Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, we employ over 45,000 people across the globe in 130 countries worldwide. JTI has been awarded Global Top Employer Certification in Europe, Asia-Pacific, North America, Africa and the Middle East.


What sets us apart? Simply put, it is our passion for people, our culture of integrity and respect, our setting the bar high for performance, and our pursuit of continuous improvement in all that we do. These attributes create an environment that offer a wide range of local and global career development opportunities. For more information we invite you to visit www.jti.com and www.jt-science.com.


Position Purpose


The position exists to manage the Procurement Operations within North America cluster. This sub-regional role has the following main dimensions:


Lead local Procurement and Cluster teams and operations
Participate in financial planning and deliver Cluster benefits/value
Drive Cluster cost optimization and continuous improvement initiatives
Enforce Global/Regional strategies & guidelines and develop Cluster ones when/where relevant
Ensure business connectivity and foster collaborative business partnership with Cluster stakeholders
Optimize Cluster supplier base and manage SRM within own scope of operations
Ensure all controls/policies are deployed and understood by Cluster Procurement teams
Role model in compliance and ethics




Procurement strategy definition:


  • Under the leadership of the Regional Procurement Head, the incumbent supports the definition of cluster and local procurement strategies by:
  • Ensuring a solid understanding of Global, Regional and Local procurement requirements
  • Aligning local and Regional/Global procurement initiatives and operational implementation and developments, to ensure optimum delivery for the  Regional Team 
  • Ensures two-way best practice sharing beween the local entity and Regional/Global teams
  • Implementing and monitoring global/regional applicable category strategies, KPIs, reporting templates and communication procedures
  •  Leading the cluster Category Managers to ensure the local/cluster supplier base is optimized and appropriate actions are taken to implement global/regional/cluster strategies. As well as driving innovation, continuous improvement and synergies within the cluster 
  • Participate in financial planning and deliver Cluster benefits/value
  • Drive Cluster cost optimization 


Procurement strategy implementation:


  • Enforces Global/Regional/ Local strategies & guidelines and develop Cluster/ Local ones when/where relevant. Works closely with the Global Category Management team and Regional Procurement Director to support the definition of JTI's Indirect Spend Procurement strategy and analyze cluster spend to identify cluster/local procurement opportunities.
  • Creates and executes the procurement strategy to ensure optimum value is delivered to the business and ensure delivery of all core business objectives through solid category management principles and strategic procurement innovation.
  • Develops, presents and validates the annual Cluster Procurement Plan with Regional Procurement Director. Ensure it is built in the ASP and implement it to deliver procurement benefits to the region.
  • In factories, local procurement teams being also accountable to drive the procurement of locally sources direct materials, ensure a close cooperation with the GSC Procurement team to follow their guidance and ensure procurement strategy is aligned to their global sourcing plan.                                     
  • Be accountable for the delivery of the cluster/ local Procurement KPI's while monitoring achievement of these KPIs by taking corrective actions when necessary.
  • Applies best practice and effective communication within the procurement process by utilizing latest models and taking necessary actions for areas of improvement. Finds alternative ideas, solutions in securing best commercial conditions and value for the company including extensive external benchmarking. 


People Management & Leadership:


  • Oversee staff work allocation in the various locations, training needs, mentoring, performance appraisals and succession planning to develop and motivate them to achieve the targeted productivity and other performance goals (accuracy, timeliness, speed, savings, etc.). 
  • Lead the development and management of procurement staff in line with JTI and Global Finance mission, values and strategies. Develop a strong team including succession planning and appropriate development roles for potential leaders in Procurement and broader JTI (finance) organization. Develop a pool of talent, ready to staff centralized Procurement teams and corporate initiatives.


Customer Centric organization/Credibility of Target Delivery:


  • Ensures business connectivity, build and maintain a strong business partnership with the local/cluster management teams (CFOs, Legal, P&C, Global Business Service center) by fostering trust through continuous engagement (both quantitative and qualitative). Ensuring top strategic priorities of budget owners are well understood and captured by local procurement teams within the assigned cluster. As well as work in close collaboration with the Regional Procurement Head to support the improvement of regional planning, measurement and reporting of cost reduction targets.




Ensure all P2P controls/policies/procedures are well understood and deployed by local Procurement teams across the cluster. Develop the internal Procurement assessment plan and ensure execution within the cluster. Reviews its output and implement corrective actions at an individual Procurement level or on a Cluster basis if appropriate.  

Skills, Competencies & Languages


  • University degree (Finance, Business, Engineering) and Masters (MBA/MSC)
  • At least 7 years managerial role in Procurement / Manufacturing Services / Finance preferably in a multinational company operating in FMCG industry.
  • Recognized strong people management skills & experience (considering experience in managing remote teams as an asset), mixed environment experience factory-market. International and local project experience is an asset.
  • Have full understanding of Procure to Pay (P2P) processes including spend analysis and contract/supplier management.
  • Proven expertise in leading effective negotiations is required together with:
    • Strong proven ability to build and maintain sustainable partnership with internal stakeholders
    • Proven leadership skills and people/process/change management 
    • Financial planning and budgeting
    • Effective communication
    • Resilience
    • Broad knowledge in business information systems and strong computer skills. (SAP a strong asset)
  • English – French is an asset



Additional Information


JTI-Macdonald Corp. is committed to Employment Equity. Accommodations during the recruitment process are available upon request for candidates with disabilities.


Please note that we welcome internal referrals, as per policy and candidates must be duly authorized to work in Canada.


We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those invited for an interview will be contacted.

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