Strategic Purchasing Manager

Posted Date 3 months ago(7/12/2021 3:15 PM)
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About Us

T. Marzetti Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lancaster Colony Corporation (NASDAQ: LANC), is a manufacturer and marketer of specialty food products for the retail and foodservice markets. Our retail brands include Marzetti®, New York Bakery™, Sister Schubert’s®, Reames®, Flatout®, Angelic Bakehouse®, and Bantam Bagels®, in addition to exclusive license agreements for Olive Garden® dressings, Chick-fil-A® sauces and Buffalo Wild Wings® sauces. Our foodservice business supplies many of the top restaurant chains in the United States.


At T. Marzetti, our mission is to be The Better Food Company: Better people, that make better products, in a better corporate culture, that work in unison to make the world a better place. Led by our purpose, To Nourish Growth with All that We Do, our more than 3,000 team members are dedicated to innovative and quality products as well as superior service and value for our customers.


You know our products, you have probably purchased many!! Join the company leading the way in consumer packaged goods…T. Marzetti Company!!


When you join the T. Marzetti Company, you’re joining a trustworthy and proud organization that recognizes people are our greatest asset.  In our plants, you’ll have an opportunity to work for an industry leader in consumer packaged goods.


With our company, you get work life balance, inviting and fun culture, attractive and competitive compensation and benefits package, career opportunities, and more. NOW is the time to join The Better Food Company!!


The Strategic Purchasing Manager will be responsible for identifying, supporting, and executing strategic sourcing activities for over 100 million USD spend. The categories are complex, critical and impactful from a Supply Chain and ensure supply perspective. The individual in this position should have a strong procurement background, with strategic sourcing experience, a demonstrated capability to develop a holistic strategy for External Manufacturing which includes ingredients and packaging materials. The individual should drive and support the team to reach cost savings targets and provide solid advice and strategy on categories impacting T. Marzetti.



  • Utilize the size and scale of T. Marzetti to strategically source critical categories and ensure competitive costs. 
  • Lead the strategic sourcing and negotiations for key Externally Manufactured items.
  • Lead the efforts of transforming critical or bottleneck categories to leverage categories by increasing the supply base, transforming what we need to buy and leveraging the full T. Marzetti size and scale. 
  • Own and detailed execution of the strategic sourcing programs and process linking closely to Manufacturing, Marketing and R&D. 
  • Support the Director of Contract Manufacturing and Indirect with cost savings opportunities, cash flow improvement, and alternate supplier initiatives. 
  • Understand the supply chain of ingredient and packaging items from origin to the Contract Manufacturing factory ensuring that our supply networks is in place to meet our needs for quality and service.
  • It is both a strategic and a tactical position that requires forward vision and insight to be combined with data gathering and detailed step by step execution.


  • Minimum Bachelor's degree required
  • At least 2-5 years of strategic purchasing experience.
  • Strong written, verbal, and listening skills.
  • Ability to effectively negotiate and influence business decisions and change.
  • Strong Analytical, Planning and Execution skills.
  • Can effectively articulate various perspectives and impacts of issues and project them into the future.  Able to see all sides and the inherent value to stakeholders.
  • Can work through tough agreements and settle disputes effectively.
  • Can be forceful and direct as well as diplomatic.
  • Anticipates and adjusts for problems and obstacles.
  • Effective at establishing trust and building effective business relationships and getting things done through others.
  • Organizational Agility – knows how to get things done both through formal and informal channels.
  • Priority Setting – Spends his/ her time and the time of others on what’s most important.  Eliminates roadblocks and creates focus.
  • High results-orientation.


    • Action Oriented - Taking on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm
    • Manages Complexity - Making sense of complex, high quantity and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems
    • Financial Acumen - Interpreting and applying understanding of key financial indicators to make better business decisions
    • Instills Trust - Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity
    • Drives Engagement - Creating a climate where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve its objectives
    • Collaborates - Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives
    • Persuades - Using compelling arguments to gain the support and commitments of others
    • Drives Results - Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances

Working Conditions/Environment

Works in a normal office environment where the employee is regularly required to speak, see, hear, sit, stand, talk, type, walk and bend while moving about the facility. The noise level in the office is quiet. Occasional travel to plants or meetings is required.

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At T. Marzetti, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect for everyone. We strongly encourage veterans, women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, we will consider all qualified applicants without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, age, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


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