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Regional Procurement Manager


Chicago, Illinois, US

Job ID:  14259
Estimated Travel:  50%+
Contract Type: 
Talent Area:  Procurement

Ardagh Group is a global leader in glass and metal packaging solutions, producing packaging for the world’s leading food, beverage and consumer care brands. Ardagh Group has a truly global presence. We operate 109 glass and metal manufacturing facilities in 22 countries, employing approxmately 23,500 people and have global sales of approxmately US$8.2 bn.

At Ardagh we have a reputation for innovation; pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, pioneering new production methods, new design techniques and new ways to recycle and save energy. The unprecedented growth of our business has been driven by our unrivalled expertise, obsession with quality and commitment to continuous improvement.

We strongly believe that the success of our business depends on the success of our people. We strive to create working environments where our employees feel valued, can work to their full potential and where their achievements are celebrated. We are creating an exciting future for Ardagh that is built on our core values of trust, teamwork and excellence and we have opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines across our organization.

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General Function

The Regional Procurement Manager will be responsible for providing leadership, mentoring and training to the newly formed regional procurement team. In total the regional manager will be responsible for the non-category spend in approx. 30 locations across North America. The role manages and monitors all purchasing and stores activities for compliance with Group contracts, required for the operations of the facilities in accordance with the Purchasing Policies and Procedures and Delegation of Authority (DOA) requirements. The Regional Manager will also be responsible for identifying further opportunities to consolidate spend through local, regional or national contracts. Certain non-category contracts will be managed by the team as well as supporting administrative tasks.

This role will require a high level of travel in the first 6 months so as to establish relationships, expectation that it will settle to approximately 50% after that period.



  • Provide leadership, mentoring and training to the designated regional procurement team.
  • Identifies and Drives significant Cost Savings Programs
  • Align sourcing strategies with Global Category Managers, Supervisor and other key stakeholders. Monitor compliance with Group Contracts (Category Managed)
  • Own certain Group Contracts (e.g. Uniforms, Waste, Pest Control etc)
  • Manage and streamline group procurement administrative tasks
  • Work with AP to eliminate waste in the receiving and payment process
  • Develop/implement personal and team objectives aligning to plant and corporate objectives.
  • Manage personal and team objectives to insure the KPIs are met
  • Provide service to the plants ensuring continuity of supply and quality
  • Actively works to reduce risk and number of single/sole source materials
  • Ensure that Policies, Procedures and DOA are followed.



  • Bachelor's in Engineering, Business or related field, or progressive experience in purchasing field acceptable to management. Master's degree is beneficial.
  • Knowledge of plant purchasing and contract negotiations/ management
  • 7-10 years’ experience of which 3-5 should be at a manager level.
  • Strong written & verbal communication skills, as well as effective presentation skills.
  • Strong Microsoft Power Point, Word and Excel skills.
  • Strong analytical skills required.
  • SAP/ERP experience is highly desirable.
  • Excellent negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to influence all levels of employees and management, both inside the company and externally with suppliers.
  • Ability to make decisions or recommendations that are “data based” and align decisions with strategies. Considers the impacts of decisions on other parts of the organization
  • The position requires the ability to motivate direct or non-reports in the purchasing function as well as non-purchasing functions.


Our Vision and Values
The people that make up Ardagh Group share much more than a strong brand and an excellent reputation. We each share a common vision: to be the preferred packaging partner to the world’s leading brands. We will achieve our vision by delivering customer innovation, providing an inspirational environment for our people and creating sustainable value for our business through its growth and development.

Ardagh Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.