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Procurement Manager
Title:Procurement Manager
Location:Kansas City, MO (RSC Corporate Headquarters)

The Procurement Manager is responsible for sourcing and company-wide commitments for direct packaging materials, with an emphasis on corrugate and folding cartons. It is the essential role of this position to ensure the most effective total cost solutions for Russell Stover Chocolates. The Procurement Manager leads in forecasting and contracting the continuous supply and timely procurement of products and services to assure uninterrupted operations for both in-sourced and outsourced facilities.

This position reports to the Director of Procurement.

Essential Job Functions & Responsibilities:


  • Drive direct and indirect cost savings through deployment of procurement best practices.
  • Deploy procurement best practices across spend areas.
  • Develop recommendations regarding procurement strategies to support the Company’s overall goals and objectives.
  • Develop and implement standards and systems for streamlining procurement processes for all procurement activities.
  • Lead institutionalization of the MRP processes and system in SAP.
  • Ensure data integrity and completeness in all purchasing-related applications.
  • Cross-functionally manage inventory levels and product obsolescence through best practices (VMI, etc.) and enhanced processes.  
  • Work in conjunction with marketing, engineering, creative and R&D, and suppliers in the development and costing of finished goods.

Supplier Relations

  • Work in close collaboration with Planning, QA and R&D in the development, costing, and compliance auditing of raw material or packaging products.
  • Implement best practices programs such as supplier involvement in NPD, VMI, Index based contracts, etc.
  • Insure all suppliers adhere to Russell Stover Candies defined product standards and specifications to support consistency, quality and cost efficiency.
  • Negotiate contracts with suppliers on behalf of Russell Stover covering yearly or multiple years of supply, with pricing parameters based on volume and component (matrix) pricing.


  • Insure integrity of all MRP related inputs, outputs and processes.
  • Establish yearly material needs as part of the budgeting process.
  • Monthly and quarterly reassess material needs based on usage, sales forecast and production plans.


  • Develop a continuous learning organization that is positioned to support the current and future growth of Company.
  • Provide coaching and mentoring of individuals in their technical development, change management, negotiations, communication, and cross-functional management.
  • Develop clear and relevant individual and team objectives that support the overall corporate strategy
  • Lead the procurement participation in the cross-functional product development process. Add value through bringing innovative ideas to the business.

Basic Qualifications

  • Strong ERP systems knowledge required (preferably SAP). High degree of knowledge in Material Requirements Planning: systems design and usage.
  • Strong business acumen.
  • Proven Project Management skills: Must be highly organized, attentive to detail and able to handle multiple projects.
  • Ability to analyze, develop and implement key cost savings initiatives throughout all commodity lines, co-manufactured products, fixed assets, and service providers.
  • Proven leadership abilities
  • Bachelors Degree in Business or related field
  • 5-10 years experience as a Purchasing/Procurement/Sourcing professional, with emphasis in raw materials packaging (flexible films, corrugated and folding cartons, cans, foil and other secondary packaging) and in 3rd party manufactured finished goods.

About Russell Stover:

Russell Stover has been an American classic since 1923. Crafting delicious treats, made from scratch with the finest ingredients, Russell Stover Chocolates has been known for its gifting chocolates for generations. Founded in Denver by Clara and Russell Stover, the company moved its headquarters to Kansas City in 1932. With factories in Kansas and Texas, Russell Stover Chocolates includes the Russell Stover, Whitman’s, and Pangburn’s brands. The company was acquired by Swiss chocolatier Lindt in 2014 and is now part of the Lindt & Sprüngli family of companies.

Russell Stover Chocolates is an EOE/MINORITY/FEMALE/VET/DISABLED employer. Principals only please.

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