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VP, Procurement

New York, NY
Position Title: VP, Procurement
Location: New York, NY

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Who we are

Pernod Ricard is a global premium spirits and wine company. We're the team behind leading brands such as ABSOLUT® Vodka, Jameson® Irish Whiskey, Malibu®, Kahlúa® Liqueur, Beefeater® Gin, and Avión™ Tequila, as well as many more superior wines and exquisite champagnes!

Position Summary

The Head of Procurement is responsible for ensuring that our business teams have access to the Direct and Indirect procurement resources available, and that these resources are deployed optimally (effectively and efficiently) to drive across Pernod Ricard's brand portfolio in North America. Execute the Global Procurement strategies for the various spend categories (Media, Advertising & Content Excellence, Point of Sales, Partnerships/Activation, Professional services, Packaging, Raw material, Capex & Logistics) underpinned by a robust roadmap to deliver against our business ambitions. The development of key internal and external customer relationships is an integral function of this position.

Key Responsibilities

Lead procurement operationsfor the North America Management Entity (USA, Canada) and as part of the Procurement Leadership Team:
  • Responsible for a total spend of 600m+ USD across all categories aforementioned
  • Ensure value maximization for Indirect procurement (A&P and Professional services) along 3 lenses: Buy Better (leverage Pernod Ricard's scale & professional procurement practices), Spend Better (harmonize policies, processes and manage demand tightly), Track Better (spend performance, compliance, sustainability and diversity)
  • Ensure value maximization for Manufacturing Procurement (Packaging, Raw materials, Liquid, Logistics & Capex) along 4 lenses: Margin improvement , Security of supply, Sustainable sourcing & Innovation
  • Drive procurement TCO impact, consistently with global strategies
  • Prioritize initiatives to maximize benefits & monitor category budgets to drive cost optimization
  • Translate our overarching Diversity and S&R commitments into the categories agenda and suppliers

Work closely with Group Procurement team and North America procurement and business teamson above spend categories, with the following responsibilities:
  • For Globalised spend categories (e.g., Media, Global sponsorship, Consulting, Dry goods):
    • orchestrate the execution of the category strategies defined by HQ Procurement
    • identify local business procurement needs
    • Identify local initiatives to complement global strategies
  • For Co-ordinated spend categories (e.g., Point of sales):
    • co-develop category strategies in close link with Group Procurement
    • identify local business procurement needs
  • For Localised spend categories (e.g., Local sponsorship, Experience):
    • define local category sourcing strategies (business needs and supplier panel definition), commercial execution (negotiation, contractual and legals terms, regulatory compliance) and supplier long-term performance management

Drive efficiency and effectivenessof our Direct and Indirect spend to increase ROI and manage our supplier roster including performance reviews:
  • Manage the team of local North America Category Managers for each spend category
  • Partner with the North America business team (mostly Marketing and Manufacturing) , such as assets usage optimization 'Working vs. Non-Working' spend

Manage North America procurement category manager(s) and analyst(s); develop a team of highly talented individuals, with exciting career paths and strong performance culture.

Set functional targets, suite of KPI's and evaluates performance - to track locally at North America level the successful implementation of the different direct and indirect category strategies.

Actively participateto the PR Procurement transformation (ie: SmartSpend ), drive transformation workstreams and business alignment.

Required Skills & Abilities

  • Highly experienced Procurement professional (+10 years), with experience in Advertising and Promotion, Professional services and Direct spend categories ideally in consumer / FMCG industry
  • Successful, multi-year track record delivering change for complex organizations
  • "Speaks" Marketing, understands brand development & creative processes
  • "Speaks" Manufacturing, understand production processes and needs
  • Business Acumen
  • Previous experience leading a team

  • Category management and TCO principles
  • Strong negotiating skills
  • World class supplier relationship skills

  • Entrepreneurial and solution-oriented mindset
  • Exceptional stakeholder management & alignment abilities
  • Able to be both visionary and practical with a hands-on approach
  • Take the lead on driving change, implementing new Ways of Working and delivering value
  • Can motivate and coach others
  • Exceptional people leadership
  • Exceptional communication skills (written and verbal)

  • Required : 4 Years College - Bachelor's Degree
  • Preferred : Master's Degree in a relevant area

Working at Pernod Ricard is all about igniting conviviality in that all that we do. Derived from the French word, convivialité means human connection, authenticity, friendly, and jovial. Conviviality is energy and spirit with a splash of je ne sais quoi and is a core philosophy around how we live and work at Pernod Ricard. Here, we are team players, dream makers, trailblazers, movers and (cocktail) shakers. We have a passion for living life to the fullest, making a new friend every day, and realizing our potential as people and as a business!

The salary range for this role, based in New York is $203,000 to $279,100, range will vary if outside of this location. Base salaries are determined during our interview process, by assessing a candidate's experience, skills against internal peers and against the scope and responsibilities of the position.

Ready to work with spirit? Read on...

Life and perks at Pernod Ricard

Proud to belong - Just as we help to create moments that matter for our customers, we lead by example every day...bringing our whole self to work and building bonds that celebrate the human spirit, diversity, and foster deep connections.

Empowered to soar - We set high expectations and seek to get the most out of life. Through flexibility and a hybrid workstyle, as well as unique learning opportunities, generous tuition reimbursement, and one-of-a-kind learning programs, we passionately grow our skillset.

Committed to care - We are deeply committed to the long-term sustainability of our people, our industry, and our planet. We call this return on responsibility. From environmental sustainability to supporting local communities, our commitment is steadfast.

Inspired to dream - We treasure new experiences and are proud to develop as people, not job titles. From rich immersive learning programs in Paris to exciting high-profile events, we blend a love of exploration into all that we do.

Our hybrid work style

At Pernod Ricard North America, our work philosophy celebrates the magic of human connection with the flexibility needed to provide one's most meaningful contribution. Our hybrid teams will work remotely the majority of the time and unite on-site two days per week or 40% of the time. Our team is empowered to start and finish their day at a time that works best for their lifestyle with the whole team available during the core hours of 10am-3pm.

Plus, great benefits and perks to toast to a life filled with support including:
  • Competitive compensation including performance bonuses
  • Domestic & international career development opportunities
  • Competitive paid time off plan + wellbeing days
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance
  • Product allowance to enjoy on Pernod Ricard products
  • Gym reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • BetterUp Care wellness benefits including nutrition, sleep, executive coaching, etc.

And much, much more! Check out to view our extensive people programs and support.

Pernod Ricard USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It employs qualified individuals based solely on ability, training and experience, and does not and will not, discriminate for or against any employee or applicant for employment or promotion based upon actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service or any other classification protected by law. Offers will be subject to United States local terms .

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