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Procurement Analyst

Industry

Consumer Products

Company Location

Wilmington, MA

Work Location

Hybrid

Company Summary:

UniFirst is a leading provider of workplace uniforms and protective work wear clothing in North America and Europe. We manufacture and rent uniforms, and also sell PPE, floor mats, facility service products, and cleaning supplies. Our customers include automobile dealers, retailers, restaurants, manufacturers, and healthcare providers. UniFirst Corporation is a $3.2B company that was founded in 1936 and is headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts.

 

Position Summary:

The Procurement Analyst role is a new position in a recently established Procurement Department. This is an opportunity to play a large role in transforming the Procurement function within UniFirst.

The Procurement Analyst will support the Procurement Manager in strategic sourcing and category management activities, while also leading select procurement initiatives as the analyst gains experience. This role requires the use of initiative and independent judgement, while working effectively with multiple stakeholders across several corporate functions and field service locations.


Key Responsibilities:

The Procurement Analyst will support the delivery of savings and contribute to category management through the following work:

  • Develop RFIs to qualify vendors, and develop RFPs that aid in price discovery and vendor selection
  • Lead select sourcing initiatives in support of the annual sourcing plan
  • Negotiate all terms and conditions of supply with support from their manager
  • Draft and implement national account supply agreements with input from Legal and stakeholders
  • Facilitate implementation of new agreements and onboarding of new suppliers
  • Research and resolve vendor and product issues which may include issues related to product lead times, availability, quality, and performance
  • Provide ongoing Supplier Relationship Management support
  • Actively manage vendor price change requests, validate them against existing contract rates, calculate cost impact and update vendor pricing on the UniFirst intranet
  • Provide procurement research and analytical support on initiatives led by the Procurement Manage


Essential Functions:

  • Solicit and qualify potential new vendors for assigned categories
  • Responsible for the completion of all RFP analyses and associated recommendations
  • Negotiate agreement terms with vendors
  • Monitor relevant Key Performance Indicator (KPI) metrics for supplier reporting
  • Attend quarterly business reviews with vendors to review performance
  • Promptly respond to field location product inquiries
  • Routinely validate and update corporate intranet site for assigned categories information
  • Conduct spend analytics using ERP systems and vendor usage reports
  • Collaborate with Legal team to draft and execute agreements
  • Maintain the contract database with current agreement information
  • Perform ad hoc vendor and spend research
  • Conduct product/industry research and maintain in depth knowledge of relevant commodities markets (e.g. pulp and paper, resins, etc.)
  • Monitor raw material price indexes routinely to identify market trends
  • Ensure field compliance to vendor agreements
  • Provide product allocations to the field as needed


Reporting to Management

  • Cost savings, cost avoidance and performance improvements
  • Current sourcing initiative schedules
  • Opportunities for increasing supplier diversity, rationalizing suppliers and SKUs
  • Vendor usage and trend analysis


Qualifications:

·       Bachelor’s Degree

·       Strategic Sourcing experience

·       Manufacturing, consumer products, or industrial supply experience is a plus

·       Proficiency in Microsoft Office, with a focus on the ability to use Excel

·       Excellent communication and presentation skills

·       Strong time-management, and problem-solving skills

·       Ability to travel as required


Benefits & Perks:

401K with Company Match, Profit Sharing, Health Insurance, Employee Assistance Program, Life Insurance, Supplemental Life Insurance, Long Term Disability, Vacation, Sick Time, Paid Holidays, Direct Payroll Deposit, Tuition Reimbursement, 30% Employee Discount.



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