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Director, Procurement - Global Indirect



Posted on Monday, June 17, 2024

Company Description

Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science and digital identification solutions company that provides a wide range of branding and information solutions that optimize labor and supply chain efficiency, reduce waste, advance sustainability, circularity and transparency, and better connect brands and consumers. Our products and solutions include labeling and functional materials, radio frequency identification (RFID) inlays and tags, software applications that connect the physical and digital, and a variety of products and solutions that enhance branded packaging and carry or display information that improves the customer experience. Serving an array of industries worldwide — including home and personal care, apparel, general retail, e-commerce, logistics, food and grocery, pharmaceuticals and automotive — we employ approximately 35,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Our reported sales in 2023 were $8.4 billion. Learn more at www.averydennison.com.

Job Description


The Global Procurement function at Avery Dennison is evolving to become a Value Creator function, Following are our team fundamentals.

Our Vision: To create value for the enterprise through our ONE Avery Dennison procurement mindset.

Our Mission: To gain a competitive advantage in our industry through exceptional procurement practices with an ultimate goal of creating value for the enterprise and our customers. We engage with our internal and external stakeholders in ways that cultivate trusted partnerships. We mitigate risk, employ innovative thinking, embrace the rapidly emerging digitized world and commit to practices that advance sustainability.


This newly designed and introduced role of Director, Procurement - Global Indirect will be responsible for setting the strategic direction and enable execution around our global Indirect spend.

Our global Materials Group comprises Label and Packaging Materials, Graphics Solutions, Reflective Solutions, and Performance Materials businesses and this role will seamlessly be tying your efforts across those respective businesses. Reporting directly to the Group Vice President, Global Procurement, this leader will build an organization that will enable execution of the strategy built by this leader.

This role will be a key member of the Global Materials Procurement Leadership Team (GMPLT). The successful candidate will take along partner functions and people and will lead across highly complex global programs to achieve desired outcomes that truly position procurement as a value creator vs. just being a cost cutter.

Critical Objectives:

The Director of Global Procurement will play a pivotal role in developing and executing procurement strategies to optimize costs, streamline processes, and ensure the timely and efficient sourcing of goods and services across our global operations. This individual will lead a team of procurement professionals, establish strong supplier relationships, and implement best practices to support the company's objectives and drive continuous improvement.

  1. Spend Smarter Mindset: This leader will help us imbibe a “spend smarter” mindset across the organization. From policy enhancements to process compliance and from cross functional partnerships to facilitation of dialogue where spending habits within the enterprise are discussed and worked upon.

  2. Buy Better Mindset: Imbibe the Buy Better mindset which will enable strategic sourcing process implementation when it comes to understanding the need, assessing the market supply availability, driving the selection process and furnishing contracts that will clearly tie out payment for performance that is defined through clear and measurable service level agreements.

  3. Leadership of Community: Build, lead and mentor a high-performing global procurement team that currently operates regionally and create career pathing opportunities for our talent. Establish and maintain strong relationships with key suppliers, negotiating contracts and agreements to ensure favorable terms and conditions.

  4. Central Focus on Key Categories: Evaluate the structural necessities on global/central categories such as Capital Expenditure, Travel and Living, Ocean Freight etc. and drive an united effort with a bigger scale and enhanced results.

  5. Process Leadership: In partnership with the Procurement Operational Excellence team and GMPLT, Implement robust procurement processes and systems to enhance efficiency, visibility, and compliance. Oversee risk management and compliance within the procurement function, ensuring adherence to regulatory requirements and company policies. Stay abreast of emerging technologies and best practices in procurement, driving continuous learning and development within the team.

  6. Market Understanding and Estimation: Monitor market trends and industry dynamics to identify opportunities for innovation and improvement within the procurement function.

  7. KPI Management: Develop and maintain key performance indicators (KPIs) to track and measure procurement performance, providing regular reporting and insights to senior management.


Skills & Capabilities

  • Leadership Competencies:

    • People Leadership: Ability to build high performing & diverse teams. Lead change whilst simplifying & prioritizing actions.

    • Business Leadership: Ability to create vision, purpose in alignment with the functional and enterprise priorities. Able to provide strategic leadership, think outside in and nurture innovation.

    • Self Leadership: Ability to be agile, champion collaboration and deliver holistic results at rapid speed.

  • Functional Competencies:

    • Category Strategy: Expertise in strategic category management, tactical ability to create leverage and an ability to create strategic estimates in line with the changing market dynamics.

    • Negotiation Excellence: Ability to put together a holistic negotiation strategy with extraordinary preparation and detail. Adaptable negotiation style with an assertive presence. Ability to deal with c-suite from suppliers.

    • Process Excellence: Analytical abilities with process expertise. Champions continuous improvement and possesses a digital mindset.

    • Value Creation: Well versed with the ESG needs with an ability to drive market driven innovation whilst keeping an enterprise mindset.

  • Job Competencies:

    • Skillset: Proven ability to operate with a Global Mindset. Exceptional Collaboration Skills with internal as well as external partners. Ability to compile, research, analyze information & to compose and present comprehensive reports. Demonstrated success in cross-regional projects or initiatives. Demonstrated ability to lead, support and conduct multi-layered, complex projects & negotiations.

    • Mindset: Optimistic & situational leader who will nurture a cohesive and united team and inspire them to reach newer heights. Collaborative mindset with every internal and external partner and ability to support and inspire peers as well as senior leadership team.

    • Behavior: Be a true champion of Avery Dennison Core Values. Integrity, Courage, External Focus, Diversity, Sustainability, Innovation, Teamwork, Excellence.

  • Requirements and Prior Experience:

    • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s Degree / MBA desired.

    • 15+ years of strategic sourcing, category management or related procurement / supply chain experience

    • Experience with generating Demand Savings and Supply Savings with equal finesse.

    • International Experience of leading global and regional teams.

    • The role will require regular global travel.

Additional Information


We not only embrace change… we drive it. We work hard, push hard, and take brave risks. Our culture is innovative and collaborative - where bold ideas turn into action. We grow strong talent through stretch opportunities only restricted by your interests. We are committed to workplace diversity, both for employees and for the business. We are a force for good, imbedded in industries and communities worldwide. We are challenging ourselves and others to reach higher and think bigger to improve the quality of all life. Avery Dennison is a great place to work for everyone and an equal employment opportunity provider.