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Procurement Manager


Consumer Products

Company Location

Wilmington, MA

Work Location


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 Manager job is a new position and an opportunity to play a large role in transforming the Procurement function within UniFirst. This position will report to the Head of Procurement. This is a greenfield opportunity to help build, support and influence the direction of a new Procurement department.

The Procurement Manager is responsible for strategic sourcing and procurement activities for all indirect spend on our corporate operations, including: HR, Professional Services, Brand/Marketing, Fleet, Construction, Utilities and Technology. 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 Manager will be expected to develop a holistic category management approach for all indirect corporate categories that will include the following elements:

  • Collaborate on building a spend taxonomy and perform spend analytics to identify key vendors and potential sourcing opportunities in key spend categories
  • Build strong stakeholder relationships across all categories and develop a strategic sourcing calendar of initiatives that supports the department needs
  • Develop a holistic category approach and long term plan that aligns Corporate Ops procurement support with business unit needs to drive sustainable savings
  • Conduct product/vendor/industry research to support initiatives
  • Develop RFIs and RFPs that aid in price discovery and vendor selection
  • Negotiate all terms and conditions of supply and collaborate with Legal on drafting vendor agreements with input from stakeholders
  • Facilitate implementation of new supply agreements and onboarding of new suppliers
  • Provide ongoing Supplier Relationship Management

Essential Functions:

  • Solicit and qualify potential new vendors for assigned categories
  • Negotiate terms for pricing agreements
  • Responsible for the completion of all RFP analyses and associated recommendations
  • Establish and monitor relevant Key Performance Indicator (KPI) metrics for supplier reporting
  • Perform on-site quarterly business reviews with vendors to review performance and industry changes
  • Monitor raw material price indexes routinely to identify market trends that could impact UniFirst pricing with supplier base
  • Promptly respond to stakeholder issues with vendors/ product
  • 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
  • Ensure field and vendor compliance to assigned category agreements

Reporting to Management

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


·       Bachelor’s Degree

·       CPM or CPSM preferred

·       Minimum 5 years of Strategic Sourcing and/or Buying experience

·       Proficiency in Microsoft Office, with the capability to use Excel to analyze large data sets

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

·       Experience with an ERP system and eProcurement suite such as Oracle or SAP

·       Excellent communication and presentation skills

·       Negotiating skills

·       Demonstrated ability to accomplish KPI goals and facilitate continuous improvement

·       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.