At Noble, we believe the health of soil, plants, animals and humans is one and indivisible. We believe in rebuilding healthy soils and helping producers maintain a strong bottom line. Through these two actions, we can transform degraded grazing lands across the United States, benefiting the environment and society as a whole.
Our focus is to help farmers and ranchers apply regenerative ranching principles to the nation’s 654 million acres of grazing lands. This monumental undertaking requires thousands of producers across the U.S. to overcome significant barriers and change their current practices to work with nature, not against it.
Our Procurement team plays a major role in supporting the organization’s mission by procuring goods, services and equipment necessary for the achievement of organizational goals. This work is crucial for us to gather the information necessary for farmers and ranchers to triumph over the barriers and ultimately benefit all of society through their efforts. We live to find new ways to communicate usable information so farmers and ranchers can leave their land better at sunset than at sunrise.
So, do you want to join us? We are looking for a Procurement Manager
As Procurement Manager, you will be responsible for all procurement, shipping/receiving and courier functions. This is key in helping Noble achieve its goal and share the story of regenerative land stewardship with farmers, ranchers, potential donors and society at large.
Your primary role will be guiding the organization in securing required materials and/or services consistent with quality requirements, at economically advantageous prices and delivery. The work you do can play a part in making a difference in a producer’s operation, their life and the society that depends on them.
A life-long learner. First and foremost, you must be a passionate learner, personally professionally, everywhere, all the time.
Highly organized. You can set priorities and meet deadlines while managing several projects simultaneously.
An effective communicator. You have excellent communication and interpersonal skills that enable you to work well with individuals at all levels across the organization and effectively negotiate procurement of goods, services and equipment from a variety of vendors.
A builder of relationships. You promote trusting relationships with open dialogue and an outward mindset. You identify, cultivate and steward all relationships in an effort to support Noble’s objectives.
A teammate. You are a conscientious teammate who works for the success of others.
Maintain operational excellence and execution of procurement, shipping/receiving and courier functions through establishing deadlines for projects and assignments, providing routine follow-up, establishing back-up plans, practicing time management, adhering to data management protocols and ensuring a safe and collaborative work environment.
Coordinate, develop and implement procurement and shipping/receiving policies, procedures and key performance indicators (KPI’s) to establish best in class delivery of procurement services.
Collect and analyze statistical data for organizational efficiencies, budget planning and future acquisitions.
Guide all aspects of sourcing, buying and vendor/project management including negotiating procurement of goods, services and equipment, coordinating with legal counsel for review and/or development of contract provisions, consulting and supporting departments to ensure understanding of their procurement needs and directing the development and award of requests for quotes (RFQ’s) and requests for proposals (RFP’s).
Exhibit a customer service-focused approach in all interactions and tasks maintaining a collaborative working relationship with employees, customers, visitors and guests.
Represent Noble’s mission and values and care for the land and its improvements by supporting and contributing to the objectives of your team and its contribution to the goals of the organization.
Teach you. We will support you with professional development opportunities that will hone your skills as a leader and professional.
Support you. We’re committed to building solutions for each other in addition to our stakeholders. Our team members make time to help, provide solutions, and remove roadblocks with regular collaboration across groups, regardless of where our office is located. We are empowered and equipped with the tools that allow us to connect, to be intentional and to grow together.
Include you. We come from different parts of the globe and from different walks of life, but we share the vision of our founder, Lloyd Noble, to improve the land for the benefit of all society. Our culture is inclusive, supportive and diverse. We want to be a part of your story and you to help write part of ours. Your perspective and experience is invaluable. Come grow with us.
Provide you. We offer competitive salary and benefits, including multiple options for health and retirement plans, employee wellness program, employee recognition program, onsite cafeteria and wellness center.
Education Bachelors degree in accounting, business administration, or related field required.
Experience Minimum of 8 years comprehensive experience in procurement management or equivalent experience and a minimum of5 years directly supervising the work of others is required. Extensive experience developing analytics and managingmultiple, complex projects is required. Demonstrated experience making sound business and financial decisions isrequired. Experience working with e-procurement systems and developing and implementing process improvement plansis required. Project management experience required. Experience with project management in construction-relatedprojects is preferred.
Noble Research Institute, LLC is an independent nonprofit agricultural research organization dedicated to delivering solutions to great agricultural challenges. Headquartered in Ardmore, Oklahoma, Noble’s goal is to achieve regenerative land stewardship in grazing animal production with lasting producer profitability. Achievement will be measured by farmers and ranchers profitably regenerating hundreds of millions of acres of U.S. grazing lands. Noble aims to remove, mitigate or help producers avoid the barriers that deter the lasting use of regenerative, profitable land management practices in grazing animal production.
Researchers, consultants, educators and ranch staff work together to give farmers and ranchers the skills and tools to regenerate the land in a profitable manner. Noble researchers and educators seek and deliver answers to producer questions concerning regenerative management of pasture and range environments, wildlife, pecan production and livestock production. Regenerative management impacts the interaction of soil, plant, water, animal and producer. Noble’s 14,000 acres of working ranch lands provide a living laboratory on which to demonstrate and practice regenerative principles and ideas to deliver value to farmers and ranchers across the U.S.