Named one of the best companies to work for in the North Bay, and one of B Corp’s 2019 “Best for the World” honorees, our mission at Traditional Medicinals is to connect people to the power of plants. Founded in 1974, Traditional Medicinals is the #1 herbal and wellness tea company in North America and is experiencing rapid growth, having the right products, distribution, financial stability and board of director’s support to dramatically transform the company. In 2017, Traditional Medicinals acquired Urban Moonshine, an herbal lifestyle brand best known for organic bitters and herbal tinctures.
The Director of Procurement will be responsible for working with the Chief Supply Chain Officer to develop a sourcing strategy to support the company’s strategic plan and sustainability goals. This role will also be responsible for providing leadership in the execution of Traditional Medicinals™ sourcing strategy, vendor management, and day-to-day execution of purchasing-related transactions on a global basis. The Director of Procurement will lead his/her team to ensure the company secures the ingredients (approximately 120 different ingredients from 40 different countries), packaging, services, and goods at the best possible price and quality in a manner that supports the operational needs of the business. This will involve sourcing within complex supply chains for botanical raw materials with volatile supply patterns from both domestic and international suppliers as well as basic replenishment items.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Develop a best in class Procurement team to source ingredients and packaging for a growing range of products.
Maintain and improve long-standing relationships with key supply chain partners and develop new strategic supplier relationships where appropriate and needed.
Negotiate all vendor contracts and manage the ongoing contractual agreements with Traditional Medicinals’ raw material suppliers.
Work cross-functionally to identify, qualify and onboard new botanical suppliers into the TM supply network.
In coordination with other functional partners within Supply Chain, assure that TM, and its co-manufacturing partners, are sufficiently supplied with the right ingredients and materials for scheduled production at all times.
Act as the departmental liaison in collaboration with other functional leaders on key projects and company initiatives.
Develop and execute a long-term sourcing and vendor relations strategy that supports the fast-paced growth of the overall organization and aligns with the organization’s sustainability initiatives.
Simplify purchasing processes to align with manufacturing needs and reduce lead times for all raw material inputs.
Avoid stock outs, especially as they pertain to botanical ingredients.
Drive cost reduction without sacrificing quality or availability.
Manage an annual spend of approximately $50M.
Design, develop and monitor departmental processes to ensure top-level performance in Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s), and to implement appropriate continuous improvement activities.
Provide timely and regular purchasing communications with key internal and external stakeholders.
Ten to fifteen years of overall experience, the majority of which involves directly managing the daily activities of a purchasing function. Preferably in the pharmaceutical, supplements or health and natural food industries.
Heavy experience in the sourcing and procurement of highly volatile agricultural ingredients and replenishment items for use in food or pharma production.
Demonstrated ability to build an effective organization in terms of both people and process in a high growth environment.
Global/international sourcing experience.
Ideally, this person will be coachable and promotable and have an eye towards both strategy and execution to prepare for vertical or horizontal opportunities in the future.
Proven ability to help scale a business through the development of dynamic procurement, purchasing and strategic sourcing practices.
Demonstrated ability to navigate and lead in a high growth environment while managing ambiguity.
Demonstrated ability to identify and deploy industry best practice processes for the function.
Subject Matter Expertise (SME) in Purchasing from strategy through implementation.
Experience as being the system owner of the purchasing modules in an ERP/MRP, preferable Microsoft Dynamics AX, with an understanding of how to best apply the tools for sound decision-making.
Experience in creating and developing a high-performance culture.
Previously managed a team of > 5 direct reports.
Strong background in dealing with an array of complex ingredients.
Working knowledge of international commerce is preferred.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field (business, supply chain, engineering). MBA preferred.
Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Soft approach but has organizational courage, using it as appropriate.
Approachable and diplomatic.
Strong interpersonal and negotiating skills.
Strong motivational and leadership skills.
Views Supply Chain as a service organization in support of Sales, Manufacturing, and ultimately the customer.
Flexible and adaptable to changing business conditions.
Ability to drive organizational improvement through goal setting and management of KPIs.
Strong financial acumen with particular emphasis on budgeting and cost accounting.
Understands when to be strategic and when to dig in to get things done.
Resourceful and self-sufficient – understands how to execute with the resources of a company this size.
Proactive in attitude and action, but gets buy-in from key stakeholders in the process.
Has a demonstrated acumen for trying new things and managing change in terms of pace, the need for balance, communication, and relationship building.
Appreciative and respectful of the organizational history and how changes impact people.
Holds themselves accountable to key deadlines and commitments made.
Sensible yet data driven decision maker.
Ability to analyze business problems from both a qualitative and quantitative perspective.
Strong written and verbal communications skills.
Ability to think innovatively.
Ability to build and support strong cross-functional teams through management experience and coaching.
Ability to grow direct reports through coaching and support.
A passion for advancing customer expectations.
Well organized and accurate with details.
Highly creative and out of the box thinking.
Ability to travel up to 35%, both domestically and internationally.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to move around and work in a manufacturing environment, including but not limited to: the ability to sit, stand for two or more hours at a time, the ability to operate a computer and office equipment and the ability to lift up to 20 pounds throughout the day.
Traditional Medicinals, Inc. and its subsidiaries are proud equal opportunity employers. We wholeheartedly embrace authenticity, diversity, and people’s differences. We acknowledge, celebrate, and support individuality to the great advantage our consumers, our stakeholders, our products, and the planet. We are committed to building an inclusive workplace for all our people.
We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.
Additional Salary Information: 401k, Medical Benefits, Vacation, discount on wellness products.
About Traditional Medicinals
Traditional Medicinals® (TM) has been serving plants, people, and the planet since 1974. As a growing herbal wellness company based in Sonoma County, CA, TM has a corporate office located in Rohnert Park and manufactures over 57 varieties of dietary supplement tea in its solar-powered Sebastopol facility, 65 miles north of San Francisco. TM is proud to be the number one medicinal, organic, and fair trade herbal tea company in North America. In 1974, the company pioneered the herbal medicinal tea category and over the years has grown to become the fourth largest bagged tea company in the US. Its products are distributed nationally across 70,000 retail outlets in North America in all channels from health and natural foods stores (Whole Foods), to every major grocery chain, to mass market retailers (Target & Walmart), and drug stores (CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid).
TM is an independent, mission-driven company with a planning horizon extending beyond the next generation. The concept of a triple bottom line focusing on people, planet and profits is part of the Company’s mission and the basis for its success.