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Energizer Senior Buyer in Westlake|St. Louis, Ohio

This is Energizer

Energizer Holdings is leading the charge to connect our brands, our people and the products we offer to the world more than anyone else. Together, we’re creating a game plan for the future – one that defines where and how we’ll play, and what it takes to win.

Our colleagues hail from all backgrounds, nationalities and walks of life, but our shared values and passion for winning make us one team. Whatever your specialty, you’ll find that excelling at Energizer Holdings provides opportunities to grow in ways you never expected.

Position Summary

Under the direction of the Category Manager, the senior buyer position is responsible for the day to day supplier management activities for the assigned sub-categories and suppliers. The person will also support and execute category and cost reduction strategies, participate in supplier negotiations, and conduct market/industry research. This position works closely with internal stakeholders to facilitate and implement cost reduction projects.


  • Ensure procurement's ongoing value contribution to organization

  • Support execution of categories strategies and projects through conducting quantitative analysis, developing cost models, conducting external research, developing scorecards and other activities

  • Support critical supplier negotiations and lead smaller negotiations independently

  • Build relationships with key external business partners as well as with internal customers and resources

  • Responsible for day-to-day supplier management activities

  • Conduct market/industry research

  • Manage and build sophisticated financial analysis and business cases independently

  • Benchmark and develop should-cost analyses using competitive intelligence and reports

Specific Accountabilities

  • Responsible for spend areas $10M+ including developing category strategies and leading negotiations

  • Responsible for generation and sustainment of Year Over Year (YOY) improvements either through individual, team or cross-functional involvement

  • Manage supplier files, set up / maintain supplier in the ERP system, create and publish reports to support procurement KPIs

Required Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain, Operations, Finance, Accounting, Engineering, or Business Management preferred

  • 2+ years of experience with demonstrated success of managing projects

  • Understands and leverages techniques such as target pricing/costing, should-cost, zero-based pricing and open-book costing within supply chain activities and applies these types of techniques beyond the bid request stage

  • Demonstrates an understanding of the strategic sourcing process, negotiation tactics, the category management process, and tactical purchasing processes

  • Has a good grasp of total cost of ownership and completes financial analysis and business cases independently

  • Highly self-motivated with the ability to drive change in a decentralized organization with minimum supervision

  • Strong analytical thinking with demonstrated results

  • Strong oral and written communication skills with ability to present ideas in business-friendly language

  • Ability to set priorities and make decisions

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Experience in managing supplier relationships and conducting negotiations

  • Experience working in SAP

  • Strong facilitation skills to collaborate with stakeholders across company to implement sourcing strategies

  • Strong understanding of costs, working capital, and other financial metrics

  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects and programs

  • Knowledge and use of eProcurement and eSourcing methodology

Working Relationships & Environment

Working Relationships

  • Will report to the Sr. Buyer, Assoc. Category Manager or Category Manager

Work Environment

  • Some travel required, up to 30%

An Offer to Grow On

Energizer offers a competitive compensation package which includes medical and retirement savings coverage, paid holidays. Energizer is an equal opportunity employer, and we prohibit discrimination based on age, color, disability, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.