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Transportation Procurement Specialist

Company: 1101 Tate & Lyle Ingredients Americas LLC
Location: Decatur
Posted on: July 16, 2021

Job Description:

Transportation Procurement Specialist

This position is member of Supply Chain Procurement team whose purpose is to develop and implement effective regional procurement transportation (rail, bulk, ocean) strategies, supplier relationship management and delivery of short term and long-term financial plans.

About us

At Tate & Lyle, we are dedicated to making more than extraordinary ingredients. We are a purpose driven company dedicated to improving lives for generations through supporting healthy living, building thriving communities, and caring for our planet. 

Tate & Lyle Transportation Procurement is focused on delivering cost effective, efficient, and reliable suppliers to satisfy the needs of the Transportation function.  Our team manages suppliers related to all modes of transportation including bulk rail, bulk truck, DryVan Trucking, Intermodal and International Shipping.  Our largest mode of transportation includes bulk rail transportation through class-1 railroads, lease agreements for our over 5,000 railcars and rail service suppliers.

About the role

The Transportation Procurement Specialist will be responsible for negotiations, contractual agreements, vendor risk management, assessing near and long-term plans and ensuring Tate & Lyle capacity requirements meet business demand.  The role will define strategies to improve delivered price, enhance customer experience while driving creative capacity management ensuring longevity of a nimble Supply Chain.

This position brings expertise and insight into logistics procurement processes.

More specifically, you will be responsible for:

  • Developing and executing category strategic sourcing strategies, best practices, risk mitigation and appropriate capacity planning.
  • Vigorous and dynamic supplier performance management targeting improved service execution, joint continuous improvement initiatives driving overall lower total cost.
  • Managing all regional spend for the category negotiating through eRFI’s and eRFP’s. Develop selection criteria and create streamlined business processes.
  • Researching and analyzing market data fundamentals providing information on category trends. Redirecting category strategy when appropriate with thorough analytics and good understanding of regional market dynamics.
  • Ensuring compliance with all internal processes and approvals for the North America region.
  • Developing and ownership of supplier relationships and managing agreed upon vendor KPI metrics.
  • Developing budget pricing forecasts and the strategy to achieve forecasts.
  • Developing influential and positive stakeholder relationships across the group to ensure category buy-in.
  • Ensuring appropriate and robust commercial arrangements are defined which meet the dynamic business requirements.
  • Establishing, leading and supporting cross-functional category sourcing teams.
  • Ensuring savings targets and reporting requirements are met in a timely manner.
  • Challenging business requirements and specification where appropriate to deliver best value.
  • Collaborating with Finance, Business, Sales, Manufacturing and Quality management to ensure common understanding of needs and alignment of procurement approach.
  • Driving an innovative, lean & continuous improvement culture within supply chain and procurement demonstrating Tate & Lyle is a shipper of choice and preferred supplier.
  • Exuding a culture of honesty, integrity and trust in all business dealings both in and outside the organization.

What you’ll need to have

The person is a self-starter with a proven record of accomplishment in Strategic Procurement and Category management. Experience in building mutual relationships with key carriers/vendors, this person will effectively establish business needs, matching creative solutions to meet those needs. Their experience will have been gained in a fast paced, dynamic industry where the emphasis is on relationships, solution benefit, meeting challenging targets, customer satisfaction and delivering business requirements.

Essential to do the job:

  • Proven expertise in Transportation procurement management, inclusive of operational experience.
  • Well-developed commercial mind-set and logistics market knowledge in the transportation categories of rail freight procurement/operations, 3rd party bulk transfer locations, and over-the-road freight procurement.
  • Understand and ability to successfully develop and manage stakeholder relationships.
  • Proven track record of strategic procurement and category management with small, medium and large carriers/vendors.
  • Self-starter, outcome-oriented individual with a proven track record of delivering savings targets by developing excellent stakeholder relationships both within and outside the organization.
  • Track record of working successfully in cross functional teams to serve business needs, develop a compelling selling proposition, and negotiate win-win contract agreements.
  • Understand unique delivery requirements with determination and willingness to win customer accounts regardless of complexity.
  • Strong analytical and mathematical skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skill.
  • Well-developed presentation skills.
  • Ability to manage numerous competing priorities and deadline driven.
  • Strong competency in complex negotiations
  • A degree in Supply Chain, Business Administration, International Trade or Engineering with consideration to years of experience.

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • Solid understanding of the contracting cycle with ability to apply knowledge in every carrier interaction and become a trusted advisor within the organization.
  • Experience in successfully delivering category management in a global organization.
  • Systems experience with Oracle and SAP would be advantageous.
  • Advanced Excel and PowerPoint skills, Microsoft email and MS office suite of standard programs.
  • Experience and understanding of risk management tools and techniques.
  • Performing market assessments, trends and recommending mitigation action plans.
  • Positive outlook cultivating team performance and morale.
  • Willingness to travel 15% domestically in support of category and business requirements.


This role is based from our Decatur, Illinois office but note that we are fully remote working until later this year, with only occasional travel into the respective offices for meetings, anticipated thereafter.

What we can offer you

At Tate & Lyle you will have to opportunity to drive end to end to end solutions, while owning a high level of accountability and ownership. Additionally, you will have access to:

  • Flexible working policy
  • Competitive salary & bonus eligibility (based on business performance)
  • Healthcare/Medical insurance
  • Life insurance


California Consumer Privacy Act ("CCPA")

The Company is committed to complying with the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) and all data privacy and laws in the jurisdictions in which it recruits and hires employees. We collect the following categories of personal information for the purpose of hiring the best qualified applicants and to comply with applicable employment laws: Name and contact information; Job preference and work availability; Social Security Number and/or other identification information; Education and qualifications; Employment history and experience; Military service; Reference and background check information, including relevant criminal history and credit history; Social media information; Pre-employment test results; Post-offer medical examination information and results, including drug test results; Voluntary self-disclosure information regarding minority, veteran, and disability status; and Information provided by you during the hiring process.

Tate & Lyle is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the strength of an inclusive workforce.

Keywords: 1101 Tate & Lyle Ingredients Americas LLC, Decatur , Transportation Procurement Specialist, Other , Decatur, Illinois

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