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Strategic Sourcing Manager - Food

Job ID 7602 Location Miami Date posted 02/06/2024 Work Style Hybrid

Job Description

The Manager, Strategic Sourcing – Food, will create and drive strategic sourcing efforts for a group of spend categories (e.g. proteins, produce, groceries, etc.) with local and regional brand impacts to secure optimal sourcing opportunities that deliver value, drive savings, increase efficiencies / level of service, assure supply and mitigate sourcing risks. 

This position will work closely with  Culinary Operations stakeholder groups (both leadership – at the VP level – and operations teams) as a strategic partner who listens to understand business team needs; provides expertise in planning and implementing sourcing initiatives; and maintains a focus on project timelines and deliverables to ensure business goals and objectives are met.

The position will use mastery of analytical skills to solve complex problems utilizing a data driven approach to decision making.  The Manager, Strategic Sourcing – Food, applies spend category management best practices, tools and techniques in the development and implementation of an integrated strategic sourcing strategy to assesses the overall opportunity within the categories for projects to then engage the stakeholders with facts and data. 

This position is responsible for ensuring integration of the sourcing policy across the category and managing strategic sourcing Initiatives utilizing a 7-step strategic sourcing process that includes but is not limited to a rigorous market analysis; supplier risk analysis and baseline spend analysis, to generate options and document a strategic sourcing plan that includes RFP execution, negotiations with suppliers, contract execution and implementation and monitoring of source recommendations.

The Manager, Strategic Sourcing – Food works closely with functional stakeholder management teams, across the Brands (operating lines), All Brands Group (Corporate), and suppliers to ensure effective strategy development and implementation. This role requires someone with leadership experience, business savvy, and the ability to influence spend decisions.

Job Functions:

  • Identifies strategic sourcing initiatives. This role will work with CCL stakeholders, ABG and sister brands to identify strategic sourcing opportunities that effectively leverage our size and scale to deliver a competitive economic advantage while maintaining or improving quality and service levels. As needed, this role will develop a deep spend analysis by commodity, vendor and/or SKU to develop opportunities including an overall sourcing strategy.
  • Manages Strategic Sourcing Initiatives utilizing a 7-step strategic sourcing process (including but not limited to a market analysis, supplier risk analysis, baseline spend analysis, RFP execution, formal negotiation strategy and plan, contracting and implementation and monitoring of source recommendation). They negotiate multi-million-dollar contracts on behalf of Carnival engaging with suppliers at the COO and CEO level.
  • Manages Contracts and Key Supplier Relationships.
  • Engages and collaborates with Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) stakeholders, ABG (Corporate) and sister brands. This position will be responsible for managing the category portfolio and have significant spend oversight for ~$400M in Opex/CapEx. This involves a) Developing and implementing multi-year growth plans for their categories or “business units”; b) Commercial awareness and continuously managing trends and gaps in the market that impact their category and in turn the companies supply chain; and c) Managing suppliers to ensure flow of products/services to company is unhindered.
  • Delivers Results to Performance Goals and Measurement including but not limited to hard savings, cost avoidance, supplier diversity and sustainability.

Required for all Jobs:

  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Complies with all policies and standards.


  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain, Finance, business or other applicable discipline required
  • Work Experience: 2.5 to 5 years’ experience leading strategic sourcing initiatives utilizing best practices category management methodology (“six- “or “seven-step process”) with expertise in influencing business strategy and supplier relations required.
  • Licenses:  CPSM or CPM preferred

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated analytical skill set including financial cost analysis; should cost and total cost of ownership; Working knowledge of eRFX tools.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint and creating action-oriented presentations.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and problem solve.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence others and interact with all levels of the organization – can interface independently and effectively with peers in other departments / brands with an emphasis on being results oriented
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and prioritize changing workload requests
  • Strong, proven analytical skills (data analysis fundamentals)
  • Strong negotiation skills developed through sourcing / procurement environment experience
  • Strong knowledge of contracting (negotiating business terms and scope writing
  • Aggressive “go getter”, driven, capable of working with little supervision
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills; champion of change management; strong planning/project management skills.
  • Uses quality management skills to ensure all procedures and work activities conform to work specifications and standards
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced business environment

Physical Demands: Must be able to remain in a stationary position at a desk and/or computer for extended periods of time.. 

Travel:  Less than 25% travel shore based

Work Conditions: Work primarily in a climate-controlled environment with minimal safety/health hazard potential. 

The range for this role’s salary rate is $75,000-$110,000.  Offers to the selected candidates will be made on a fair and equitable basis, taking into account specific job-related skills and experience. 

At Carnival, your total rewards package is much more than your base salary. All non-sales roles participate in an annual cash bonus program, while sales roles have an incentive plan. Director and above roles may also be eligible to participate in Carnival’s discretionary equity incentive plan. Plus, Carnival provides comprehensive and innovative benefits to meet your needs, including:

  • Health Benefits: 
    • Cost-effective medical, dental and vision plans
    • Employee Assistance Program and other mental health resources
    • Additional programs include company paid term life insurance and disability coverage
  • Financial Benefits: 
    • 401(k) plan that includes a company match
    • Employee Stock Purchase plan
  • Paid Time Off 
    • Holidays – All full-time and part-time with benefits employees receive days off for 7 company-wide holidays, plus an additional floating holiday to be taken at the employee’s discretion.
    • Vacation Time – All full-time employees at the manager and below level start with 14 days/year; director and above level start with 19 days/year.  Part-time with benefits employees receive time off based on the number of hours they work, with a minimum of 84 hours/year.  All employees gain additional vacation time with further tenure.
    • Sick Time – All full-time employees receive 80 hours of sick time each year.  Part-time with benefits employees receive time off based on the number of hours they work, with a minimum of 60 hours each year. 
  • Other Benefits 
    • Complementary stand-by cruises, employee discounts on confirmed cruises, plus special rates for family and friends
    • Personal and professional learning and development resources including tuition reimbursement
    • On-site preschool program and wellness center at our Miami campus



About Us

In addition to other duties/functions, this position requires full commitment and support for promoting ethical and compliant culture. More specifically, this position requires integrity, honesty, and respectful treatment of others, as well as a willingness to speak up when they see misconduct or have concerns.

Carnival Cruise Line is the most popular cruise brand in North America and operates a fleet of ships designed to foster exceptionally safe, fun and memorable vacation experiences at an outstanding value. Our employees have a responsibility to be accountable for all actions. We consider the environment in all aspects of our business and have a responsibility to put safety and sustainability first. We live and share a positive attitude which is based on fostering an environment of inclusion, trust, a willingness to listen, openness and integrity. Doing this helps us to achieve our ultimate goal, which is to include FUN in everything we do! Speaking of fun, we are officially certified as a Great Place to Work aboard our ships as well as in our global corporate headquarters!

Carnival Corporation & plc and Carnival Cruise Line is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. In this regard, it does not discriminate against any qualified individual on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, mental, physical orsensory disability, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state, federal, and/or international law. 


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