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PEPI: Director, Procurement & Sourcing--Food Ingredients and Packaging Materials (OPEN TO ALL U.S. LOCATIONS)

Location: Boston, MA, United States
Date Posted: Nov 15, 2023

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PEPI: Director, Procurement & Sourcing—Food Ingredients and Packaging Materials


Alvarez & Marsal, a leading independent global professional services firm, specializing in providing turnaround management, performance improvement and corporate advisory services, is seeking to expand its Private Equity Performance Improvement (PEPI) team in various locations throughout the U.S.

With more than 8,500 professionals based in 40 locations across North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America, our firm excels in problem solving and value creation.  Drawing on a strong operational heritage and hands-on-approach, our professionals work closely with organizations and stakeholders to help tackle complex business issues and maximize value.

A&M’s Private Equity Performance Improvement (PEPI) practice, with offices throughout the US, focuses on serving middle market and large cap private equity firms who have engaged A&M to help improve operating results at their portfolio companies.   

Our professionals are aligned with a PEPI service line to promote the development of deep functional skills & experiences and to maximize our ability to tailor solutions to solve our clients' business issues. 

Our PEPI services include:

Supply Chain

Rapid Results

Manufacturing Operations Improvement

Pre-Acquisition Operations

Interim Management

M&A Services

CFO Services

A&M’s Supply Chain Operations professionals assist our clients in analyzing each part of the supply chain process including: Procurement and Sourcing, Production, Logistics, Distribution and Sales, Inventory and Operations Planning (SI&OP) to identify value creation opportunities, develop a roadmap to accelerate those opportunities and assist with driving them to our client’s bottom line.  From our thorough fact-based analysis, we assess the state of operations, identify key risks to investment, and quantify potential EBITDA improvement plans. 

The PEPI Supply Chain group is a growing business with high growth projected throughout the next two to four years. We offer excellent opportunities for career advancement and building leadership skills. The leadership team is focused on providing development opportunities, training and exposure to international and domestic business assignments.

Professional experience:

We are seeking individuals with significant Food Ingredients & Packaging industry experience that can lead and deliver project work streams for complex client engagements working closely with Private Equity teams to identify, design, and implement creative business solutions for their portfolio companies.  Individuals can be experienced consultants or mid / senior level industry professionals that can shift to working in a consulting environment. Level to be determined based on level of experience and qualifications.

Directors lead the following types of workstreams and may be asked to both conduct analysis as well as lead teams to deliver results:

  • Conduct a rapid assessment of the client (organization, supplier spend, supply chain, etc.) to develop a list of prioritized opportunities and improvement actions
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of a client’s procurement organization and strategic sourcing capabilities
  • Develop and implement sourcing strategies to meet growth and financial objectives through effective integration with forecasting, demand/supply planning, inventory management, and distribution & logistics
  • Develop and manage efforts in sourcing and procurement
  • Lead supplier identification, approval, contract/pricing negotiations and vendor relations
  • Develop implementation plans to drive proposed changes in procurement and sourcing initiatives
  • Effectively perform analysis and/or lead teams to conduct analysis depending on project scope

    Professional skills:

  • Strong written, oral, and analytical skills
  • Strong listening skills to distinguish true client needs and influence sustainable outcomes
  • Strong Excel (emphasis on modeling) and PowerPoint skills (distilling complicated issues for executive presence)
  • Excellent business and financial acumen to apply supply chain/operations improvement to financial economics
  • Ability to calmly and quickly work with clients that are under significant deal related time pressure or financial stress, transformation, restructuring, M&A Activity
  • Structured project management (time, team and work-stream management)
  • Initiative and drive
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Ability to deliver high-quality outputs for time-sensitive projects on-time
  • Flexible and creative thinking
  • Client relationship building
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Strong analytic skills related to working with unstructured, disparate datasets


  • Minimum 10-15+ years of experience in a food value chain (supply chain / procurement) role within the Consumer-Packaged Goods (CPG) Industry
  • Deep industry experience developing strategies or end-to-end sourcing of proteins, agricultural ingredients, flavors, sugars, sweeteners, starches, emulsifiers, spices, food packaging and other miscellaneous products
  • Previous advisory experience from a top-tier performance improvement focused consulting firm a plus
  • Experience in managing dynamic business environments, where price stability, supply availability, and potential business outcomes are under continuous pressure and change through productivity or related cost-reduction programs
  • Strong understanding of the Food Supply Chain, Commodity and trading markets, Ingredient GPOs and consortia, Regulatory requirements, and Ingredient and Co-Manufacturer supplier base
  • Influencing the supplier’s manufacturing processes, sourcing and technology decisions in ways that are mutually beneficial and sustainable for all stakeholders
  • Capable of strong communication and relationship building with R&D/ Product Development
  • Understanding of commodity risk management in agriculture and/or packaging and/or energy
  • Professional qualification preferred (CIPS, CIPP, CIAPP, CPSM, CSCP or ISM)
  • Experience working for or with private equity sponsors and portfolio companies with a focus on managing/sourcing direct categories
  • Commodity hedging experience preferred
  • Flexibility to travel up to 80% of the time

The salary range is $150,000--$225,000 annually, dependent on several variables including but not limited to education, experience, skills, and geography. In addition, A&M offers a discretionary bonus program which is based on a number of factors, including individual and firm performance.  Please ask your recruiter for details.

Diversity & Inclusion

A&M’s entrepreneurial culture celebrates independent thinkers and doers who can positively impact our clients and shape our industry. The collaborative environment and engaging work—guided by A&M’s core values of Integrity, Quality, Objectivity, Fun, Personal Reward, and Inclusive Diversity—are the main reasons our people love working at A&M. Inclusive Diversity means we embrace diversity, and we foster inclusiveness, encouraging everyone to bring their whole self to work each day. It runs through how we recruit, develop employees, conduct business, support clients, and partner with vendors. It is the A&M way.

Voluntary Inclusion

It is Alvarez & Marsal’s practice to provide and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, pregnancy, marital status, family status, religion, national origin, age or disability or any other non-merit based factor or any other characteristics in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Unsolicited Resumes from Third-Party Recruiters

Please note that as per A&M policy, we do not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters unless such recruiters are engaged to provide candidates for a specified opening and in alignment with our Inclusive Diversity values. Any employment agency, person or entity that submits an unsolicited resume does so with the understanding that A&M will have the right to hire that applicant at its discretion without any fee owed to the submitting employment agency, person or entity.

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