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Director, Procurement - Global Sustainability & Supplier Diversity



Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2024

Company Description

About Avery Dennison
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 34,000 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 Sustainability & Supplier Diversity will be responsible for being the focal point of contact for World Wide Material Group’s Global Procurement as well as the go to person for the internal Sustainability, ESG Team and external supplier partners alongside key industry working groups. Our global Materials Group comprises Label and Packaging Materials, Graphics Solutions, Reflective Solutions, and Performance Tapes businesses and this role will seamlessly be tying your efforts across those respective businesses.

This role will report into the Senior Director, Procurement - Global Strategic Programs who is part of Global Procurement Leadership Team and will act as an advisor directly to the Group Vice President, Global Procurement. The successful candidate will take along partner functions and suppliers and help enable Avery Dennison’s ESG and Sustainability Strategy.

Critical Objectives:

  • Sustainability: Enabling Avery Dennison’s Vision of: “Leading Forward in sustainability with Circular and Low Carbon portfolio, become Net Zero by 2050 and add Stakeholder Value.” by closely partnering with our supply base and driving projects in and around following strategies with the category communities in Films, Paper and Chemicals along with Indirect Services:

  • Win With a Circular and Low Carbon Products Portfolio: Partner with supplier base in findinging solutions that will enable recycling solutions across all packaging substrates, drive supplier innovation on driving recycled and renewable content into our products. Working with suppliers in eliminating the concerns around chemicals (Green Chemistry).

  • Drive Towards Net Zero Emission: Driving with the supplier base Scope III emissions reductions and setting and tracking holistic measurement. Enabling and driving supplier engagement for decarbonization, encouraging and following upon supplier’s strategic and long term approach to nature and water.

  • Engage Externally and Advocate: Lead by example by promoting and encouraging thought leadership around Sustainability. External engagement with industry associations to drive supplier centered initiatives and influencing policy makers in favor of the Pressure Sensitive Label Industry in this capacity.

  • Leverage Sustainability leadership to create value beyond converters: Boosting compelling value creation storytelling and engaging and educating value chain stakeholders to unlock growth. Train, coach and inspire Procurement as well as other functional communities to drive short, medium and long term projects that will enable value creation for all parties involved.

  • Enable People and Communities to thrive: Partnering with Avery Dennison’s Sustainability Council as well as external suppliers and stakeholders in defining norms around due diligence as well as compliance and traceability around global supply chains of our suppliers.

This leader will work closely with Global Category Teams and leaders to embed sustainability in the Preferred Partner Program that is being designed and executed. Such expectations will be tracked and reviewed thoroughly during monthly and quarterly business reviews to ensure proper visibility and acceleration. In addition this role will partner and champion collaboration with cross functional teams with Avery Dennison on various special initiatives linked with our sustainability program.

  • Supplier Diversity: Avery Dennison is committed to help and support minority owned suppliers from the community and this leader will put forward a formal program on diverse suppliers which will serve as the foundation for us to groom and grow emerging diverse suppliers. Our Vision is: To source at least 15% of our needs from diverse suppliers around the world.

    • Defining, Monitoring and Reporting Supplier Diversity: This leader will define the baseline as is and will create a target plan for driving towards our vision of sourcing at least 15% of our needs from our diverse suppliers. This leader, by partnering with the Global Procurement Leadership Team, will create KPI’s that will enable and further enhance onboarding and working with diverse suppliers. Not just Tier 1 but define, monitor and report supplier diversity performance for Tier 2 as well as Tier 3 suppliers and enhance the vision beyond what’s currently laid out.

    • Discovering: Identify, recognize and actively build a pool of diverse suppliers that will be included in our central as well as regional RFQs and RFP activities. Work diligently with the global procurement team in making sure that sincere efforts are made to increase our diverse spend that fits our company wide procurement criterion.

    • Growing: This leader will promote structured program policies through our website as well as known DEI avenues where new suppliers can be attracted to work with us. An overt way of proactive outreach built along with the rest of the Procurement organization.

    • Promoting: Promote our selected diverse partners to be inserted into our Preferred Partner Program to truly enhance and uplift suppliers from the diverse categories.


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 Paper, Films, Chemicals, Indirect a major plus but not mandatory.

    • Passion for sustainability, both in impact and value, across stakeholders throughout the ecosystem

    • International Experience of leading global and regional teams.

    • Proven experience in Sustainability, Innovation, Waste Management domain.

    • Working knoweldge in Sustainability Function and knowledge of GHG (Scope 1/2/3) is required.

    • Experience in Chemicals, Manufacturing, Industrial, Consumer Goods, Pressure Sensitive Label Industry

    • Ambition to stay abreast with the latest advancements in this domain through continued education.

    • The role will require regular global travel.

Additional Information

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or other protected status. EEOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.