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ADM Category Specialist - Capex, Procurement - Decatur, IL in Decatur, Illinois

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Category Specialist - Capex, Procurement - Decatur, IL


Global Procurement

Job Description:

Category Specialist - Procurement – Capex – Decatur, IL

This is an exempt level position.

Position Summary:

The Category Specialist – Capex is responsible for the strategic sourcing of capital equipment materials for use in operations facilities. The Category Specialist partners with engineering, operations and business partners to develop and execute long term Procurement strategies aligned with business goals. He or she will implement supply strategy through market intelligence, sourcing, supplier selection, contract negotiation and supplier performance management. The Capex Category Specialist will also support the Procurement deliverables in ADM’s global Capital Project Management process to ensure stakeholder engagement on the adoption of FEL (Front End Loading) Capex project execution, data-centered decision making, effective supply decisions and supplier accountability for delivery, quality and service expectations. He/she will prepare non-disclosure agreements, requests for quotes/proposals and agreements specific to Capex. He/she will manage supplier relationships with key equipment suppliers to deliver long term value.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Partner with internal stakeholders to determine requirements and develop sourcing pipeline to drive cost reduction, improved supplier performance, demand management and reduced risk. Ensure strategies remain aligned with business goals over time.

  • Partner with Capex project execution team on the adoption of FEL (Front End Loading) process to peer review projects as well define procurement strategy and procurement plan needed to efficiently execute them.

  • Apply market intelligence, internal business goals and historical spend to determine strategic opportunities

  • Prepare and issue requests quote, proposal or information to qualified suppliers

  • Analyze responses and make data-driven recommendations

  • Act as prime negotiator with suppliers on price, terms, quality and service.

  • Develop and implement contractual framework in close cooperation with legal

  • Establish short and long term category metrics and TCO savings targets, monitor performance, and communicate these to stakeholders.

  • Manage supplier expectations and key performance metrics.

  • Incorporate E-procurement best practices into all sourcing events

  • Serve as a single point of contact for suppliers to ensure maximum leverage.

  • Establish robust communication plan to keep internal business partners informed of progress and benefits.

  • Partner with internal risk and compliance groups to ensure category strategies incorporate relevant laws, regulations, and risk policies.

  • Act as change agent and advocate for Procurement as a value added function.

  • Develop and implement process improvements and cost savings ideas with suppliers.

Required Competencies:


  • Capital Project Purchase exposure

  • Capital Project Peer Review Process

  • Commercial skills/contract law

  • Customer solutions focused

  • Negotiations skills

  • Skilled in cost/benefit analysis and alternative decision making

  • Technology adept (eProcurement and P2P systems, standard Office Suite)

  • Strategy development

  • Project/Task management

  • Global awareness (culture, currencies, geography, political)

  • Continuous Improvement.

Interpersonal Skills

  • Communications (oral/written)

  • Ability to influence and lead outcome

  • Relationship management

  • Team oriented.

Educational and Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, or related field is required

  • A Masters degree in Business is desired

  • Minimum of six (6) years professional work experience with three (3) years in purchasing for global companies

  • In-depth understanding of various contracting models and experience in operations, is strongly desired.

Relocation assistance is available with this position.

ADM is an EOE for minorities, females, protected veterans and individuals with a disability.

This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life and dental insurance.

ADM requires the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and a background check.




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ADM is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability and veterans status.

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