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Sourcing Specialist II, Food & Beverage

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 676634BR Location Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States Business Parks, Experiences and Products Date posted Jun. 13, 2019

Job Summary:

The Sourcing Specialist will be a part of the Food and Beverage Category Sourcing Team; and be responsible for Food and Beverage related Strategic Sourcing activities with a focus on client management, category management, and technical solutions in support of business units within the Company.

This individual will be accountable for The Walt Disney Parks and Resorts sourcing initiatives, consider supply chain processes and infrastructure improvements to drive reductions in Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) without compromising business strategy and performance.

The Sourcing Specialist will participate on cross- functional teams responsible for developing and implementing strategic sourcing arrangements with preferred suppliers.

The Sourcing Specialist will continuously improve the Company’s procure to pay process by identifying and leading efforts with affected departments to reduce cycle times, improve customer service and reduce total costs. The Senior Sourcing Specialist will source and negotiate supply relationships for internal clients.


  • Understand and assist in the development and execution of performance management programs with suppliers that focus on quality, service responsiveness, and cost
    • Assist with AOP development; forecast and track AOP
    • Demonstrate exemplary integrity and ethics in all instances
  • Evaluate total cost / supply analysis to identify opportunities to achieve optimal value
    • Participate in professional development activities to keep abreast of current industry best practices
    • Continually assess market conditions and develop sourcing strategies that maximize value to the Company
  • Evaluate supplier fit based on pre-determined selection criteria; prepare and execute clear, structured negotiations following pre-defined Strategic Sourcing methodology
    • Ensure compliance with Sourcing and Procurement policies and best practices
  • Lead cross-functional sourcing projects that meet internal client’s requirements
    • Communicate and report to management the status of any critical external relationships that could affect planning and decision-making
  • Analyze marketing industry trends and conditions that affect internal stakeholders and external suppliers and/or pricing
    • Develop, implement, monitor and report status, performance measures that demonstrate value and ensure supplier performance

Basic Qualifications:

  • 3-7 years’ (SS2) experience in the processing / manufacturing, operations, purchasing, sales / marketing, strategic sourcing and / or supply chain disciplines
  • Strong relationship building skills to effectively engage stakeholders
  • Ability to effectively communicate with various peer / client communication styles
  • Strong proficient written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate in a team environment
  • Proficient in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
  • Ability / desire to work in diverse environment
  • Organizational and time management skills to juggle multiple projects

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior work experience within Agricultural / Animal Sciences for Culinary, Distributor, Hotel, Manufacturer, Processor, Retailer or Nutritional / Pharmaceutical operations or businesses
  • Technical experience transitional to the food and beverage operations, strategic sourcing and / or supply chain disciplines
  • Analytical problem solving skills to formulate calculations to support recommendations and strategic thinking ability
  • Internal customer focus – ability to identify / solicit key stakeholder needs; develop solutions to address their needs
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity
  • Knowledge of:
    • Food and Beverage industry trends and conditions
    • Sourcing & Procurement processes
    • Supply Chain processes
    • Quality Assurance and Product Integrity / Safety
  • American Poultry Association
  • American Egg Board
  • Agricultural Science Association
  • European Animal Protein Association
  • Professional certification in C.P.M., Logistics or S.C.M.

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree required in Agricultural, Protein Science, Business, Other Quantitative disciplines, or Equivalent work experience

Preferred Education

  • Poultry Science or Animal Science
  • Agricultural and / or Food Science
  • Respective Poultry, Animal, Agricultural, Food Sciences / Sales / Processing Industry experience desired
  • Master’s degree (i.e. MBA) would be beneficial

About Parks, Experiences and Products:

The Parks, Experiences and Products segment includes Disney’s iconic travel and leisure businesses, which include six resort destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia, a top-rated cruise line, a popular vacation ownership program, and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Disney’s global consumer products operations include the world’s leading licensing business across toys, apparel, home goods, digital games and apps; the world’s largest children’s publisher; Disney store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Disney Worldwide Services, Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Parks, Experiences and Products.

Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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