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POST DATE 9/11/2016
END DATE 11/30/2016

L'Oreal USA Clark, NJ

Clark, NJ
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree


L Oreal Strategic Sourcing Manager (Category Management) Cosmetic Packaging- Injection Plastics

Your role, as a Manager Category Management Cosmetics at our facilities in Clark, NJ will be:

You will bring consumer insights and develop category strategies that fit L Oreal Business needs. As a category manager for Cosmetics components, you will contribute and influence the worldwide purchasing strategy. You will manage a $160 million-portfolio.

Your responsibilities:

o Manages category sourcing strategies for the Americas Zone (North America, the Hispanic Zone and Brazil).

o Evaluates the supplier market and develops a deep understanding of the supplier base. Identify break-through technologies and innovations.

o Actively benchmarks costs, suppliers, technologies and innovations for their category internally and externally.

o Negotiates regional and global contracts.

o Bring forward new and innovative cost reduction projects to the Business Team

o Identifies and on-board new sources through stakeholder engagement.

o Develops global and comprehensive supplier contractual/strategic relationships and utilizes commodity hedging strategies as appropriate. Drives supplier selection, development, and overall supplier management with technology partners/team members.

o Works closely with global resources to develop and execute optimal Total Cost of Ownership sourcing plans.

o Builds strong cross-functional relationships with our internal and external clients to understand and respond to their business needs and priorities.

o Owns supplier relationship and manages the supplier scorecard performance: Quality, Supply, Competitiveness, Innovation, Sustainability performances and follow up corrective action plans

o Develops joint strategies with corporate Quality & Supply Chain teams to improve overall supplier performance.

o Provides Risk assessments and mitigation plans pro-actively.


Alongside experience in a similar role, you should be confident demonstrating all of the following:

o BS/BA Degree required, MBA Preferred; in Business Administration/Economics/ Finance/Engineering/Supply Chain or similar discipline with 5+ years strategic sourcing experience

o Demonstrated experience in sourcing injection plastics with specialization in color cosmetic (i.e. mascara, lipstick and compacts).

o Demonstrates sourcing skills: Negotiations, Supplier Relationship Management, Market Risk Management, and understanding of the end-to-end supply chain operations.

o Highly analytical and with strong organizational skills. Ability to prioritize and multi-task.

o Ability to work independently in a fast-paced international environment.

o Excellent written and oral communication skills.

o Fluency in Spanish and Portuguese are considered plusses.

o Exceptional PC skills, including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. SAP experience is a plus.

o Ability to travel internationally across the Americas

o Legally eligible to work in the US on an ongoing and permanent basis without sponsorship.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and take pride in a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, medical condition or disability, or any other legally protected status.


L'Oreal USA, Inc. manufactures cosmetics for consumer and professional markets. It offers skincare, hair care, hair color, makeup, perfumes, and fragrance products. The company also provides skinceuticals, shampoos, and sun care products.

It offers its products through pharmacies, retail locations, and Internet, as well as through a network of suppliers. L'Oreal USA, Inc. was formerly known as Cosmair, Inc and changed its name to L'Oreal USA, Inc.