Specialist Category - Indirect Procurement in Chicago, IL at Tyson Foods

Date Posted: 4/25/2018

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Career Description


This position is responsible for supporting the Corporate Indirect Procurement Team to develop and achieve the highest level of operational, financial and strategic vision for all Tyson Business Units. This role will support a portfolio of several major categories (including Finance, Legal, Travel, Sustainability, and Consulting). As part of the overall responsibility, this position requires the individual to strategically position the company for best solutions relative to the products & services we procure. This includes collaborative problem solving, both creative and standard approaches to solving for complex issues and a working knowledge of the products & services that are used to deliver operational excellence and the best solutions for Tyson as a whole. These activities include knowing the various inputs, markets impacting them and presenting key market challenges and impacts to the senior level business unit leaders responsible for the units P&L while ensuring proper enterprise-wide alignment to meet their business objectives as well as spend analysis reporting related to all assigned Procurement Projects and ensuring that historical spend reports are complete and accurate.


This position involves direct responsibility for managing low-complexity categories as well as assisting with the management of high-complexity categories while supporting more senior Procurement team members. Additionally, it requires a high level of independent and critical thinking to recommend business decisions based on analysis. Position will ensure all spend reporting timelines from various stakeholders are met. Position will complete in depth analysis on reports' results run and interpret results for Procurement Management. This role will support the Procurement business unit in strategic decision making in alignment with department and company goals and serve as a key participant on inter and intra-departmental cross functional teams to develop reporting capability from raw ERP system data from multiple systems and sources and creation, coordination and the tracking and compiling of key purchasing metrics is required. Position must exhibit a high level of awareness/knowledge of compliance with key departmental process and procedure related to the overall sourcing and procure to pay cycle. Role will include spend research for accurate identification of categories of spend being addressed as well as detailed qualitative and quantitative analysis around supplier's bid responses.

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
  • 3+ years' experience in Procurement or a related field.
  • Requires experience in procurement processes, tools & systems (e.g. RFX’s, category strategy, supplier segmentation).
  • Requires advanced to expert level of Excel (Pivot Tables, Advanced formula and query development) and PowerPoint knowledge. Also required is the knowledge of relational database management systems to include maintenance of tables and relationships as well as building/creating queries using structured query language (SQL).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to handle all situations in a professional manner. Ability to present oral and written concepts to stakeholders and suppliers of all levels is required.
  • Requires use of advance mathematical formulas and calculations to analyze complex financial and/or statistical information; proven, advanced organizational and project management skills; experience in statistical and quantitative analysis. Analyst must exhibit effective and proven strategic planning, project management, problem solving, leadership and team building skills.

Job Requirements

*** Position can be located in Chicago, IL or Springdale, AR***