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Kemin Industries Strategic Sourcing Manager - Proteins in Des Moines, Iowa


The primary role of the Strategic Sourcing Manager is to direct the procurement of goods and services for Kemin. This involves sourcing multiple strategic ingredients, both domestically and internationally, managing suppliers and contract negotiations, analyzing market trends, and seeking continual improvement of the overall efficiency of the department. The incumbent is expected to be the expert in information on raw material pricing. This role will exclusively support our Kemin Nutrisurance business with the procurement of proteins. The ideal candidate will possess a strong scientific knowledge along with the business accumen to develop and nuture business relationships with suppliers and internal customers.

This position can be located anywhere within the Midwest with the opportunity to office remotely or at our Des Moines headquarters.

We Are Kemin

We are visionaries who see things differently and are inspired by the world around us.

We have been dedicated to using applied science to improve the quality of life for over half a century.

We are a global ingredient manufacturer that strives to sustainably transform the quality of life every day for 80 percent of the world with its products and services.

For over half a century, Kemin has been dedicated to using applied science to address industry challenges and offer product solutions to customers in more than 120 countries. Kemin provides ingredients to feed a growing population with its commitment to the quality, safety and efficacy of food, feed and health-related products to customers in more than 120 countries.

Established in 1961, Kemin is a privately held, family-owned-and-operated company with more than 2,800 global employees and operations in 90 countries, including manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.


  • Responsible for sourcing and purchasing on a large scale, which may include multiple products, business units, and regions.

  • Responsible for implementing global contracts

  • Responsible for providing input and executing departmental strategies that will obtain Kemin’s overall strategic goals, and seeking continual improvement of the overall efficiency of the department.

  • Provide frequent, on-going market, cost, material, and inventory reports and analysis.

  • Responsible for managing suppliers regarding their products, negotiating contracts, assessing and forecasting market conditions, and availability of raw materials, and ensure proper inventory of raw materials.

  • Company expert on assigned raw material pricing, including global markets, both current and future.

  • Responsible for purchasing global products, producing that required documentation, providing shipment dates, and works with Logistics and IPRA in order to receive products, as applicable.

  • Review and obtain approval for all new raw material(s) or new supplier(s) of existing raw material, following Kemin’s Raw Material Risk Assessment, and other applicable policies and procedures.

  • Responsible for sourcing multiple strategic ingredients, both domestically and internationally, analyzing market trends, and seeking continual improvement of the overall efficiency of the department.

  • Review and implement contracts for the purchase of materials, services, and capital goods.

  • Sourcing multiple strategic ingredients.

  • Responsible for managing inventory turns of raw materials.

  • Actively involved in project innovation process as it relates to raw materials and suppliers.

  • Work with quality control, R&D team(s) as it relates to any raw material specification issues.

  • Provides information to Finance for long-term planning and budgeting, for quarterly cost rolls.

  • Develop and implement Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) in compliance with ISO, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s), and changing international regulatory requirements.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Ag Economics, scientific or related field

  • 10+ years of procurement experience.

  • Professional Purchasing Certification preferred

  • Must have a solid understanding and adherence to the Servant Leadership philosophy.

  • Must have solid computer skills and excellent planning, scheduling, and formulating skills.

  • Chemical (raw material) knowledge is desired.

  • Previous experience dealing with ISO, GMP, and various international governmental and/or regulatory agencies highly desired.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • English is required, Multi-lingual is a plus

LocationUS-IA-Des Moines

Posted Date5 days ago(2/19/2021 8:38 PM)

Job ID2021-6782



Position TypeRegular Full-Time