Sr. Buyer (Indirect)


Sheboygan Falls, WI, US

Shift:  First Shift
Requisition ID:  51115

To be the best and to make the best, we must start with the best. From capital goods to cuts of meat, ingredients, packaging, technology and more, Johnsonville’s procurement team is responsible for sourcing a wide variety of materials for the organization’s use throughout its operations. As a purchasing Member, you’ll work with other teams across many company functions to develop new Johnsonville products.


Johnsonville, LLC


Sr. Buyer, Indirect

Sheboygan Falls, WI


Position Overview:

Johnsonville’s Sourcing team has an opportunity for a results-oriented professional who has a passion for serving their internal and external customers, a drive to achieve results, and an eye for innovation.

This role will be responsible for coaching the Indirect procurement team, the development and oversight of key vendor relationships, managing and negotiating contractual agreements, and the procurement of Capital goods and services. This position will also interact cross functionally throughout many functions and levels of the organization.  



  • Lead the strategic sourcing function for indirect goods and services
  • Coach the Indirect team responsible for the functional execution of the sourcing strategy
  • Review and assess contractual terms and conditions to determine strategic direction and negotiation strategies
  • Identify, lead and support quality, cost productivity and business relationship improvements with our suppliers
  • Standardize indirect procurement supplies, suppliers, and processes across the organization
  • Work in conjunction with Engineering, Operations, and suppliers to identify continuous improvement opportunities
  • Drive and support productivity and cost savings initiatives
  • Support and execute tactical sourcing activities for assigned categories inclusive of Capital, and various other products and services
  • Professionally, creatively, and ethically negotiate with suppliers to obtain the optimum value
  • Lead periodic business reviews with strategic suppliers to gauge performance and set measurements for success
  • Strategically source and develop relationships with new suppliers to bring Johnsonville innovation and value
  • Prepare and solicit bids and quotations as needed
  • Maintain the flexibility to procure various items for the company



  • Bachelor’s Degree, or willingness to obtain a bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) or Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) a plus.



  • Minimum 5 years of relevant indirect experience required
  • Previous coaching experience required
  • Experience working with a wide range of external vendors is highly desired
  • Experience in SAP Business Software or MRP systems a plus.



  • Strong business acumen, communication, and the ability to effectively manager internal and external relationships
  • Strong leadership skills with the proven ability to motivate others and affect change
  • Self-starter with a keen awareness of customer and team needs
  • Proven experience reviewing and negotiating contractual language and agreements required
  • Ability to work successfully in a team environment, strong interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, ability to multi-task, and drive for results.
  • Proven experience and strong skills in negotiating
  • High learning agility
  • Knowledgeable in ERP and MRP systems, inventory control and purchasing laws
  • Demonstrated ability to innovate and take risks to achieve results
  • Strong communication skills (written, oral, listening) and presentation skills with ability to instill confidence and trust
  • Commitment to personal growth
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to lead projects and change management efforts
  • Commitment to personal growth


Location:                          Global , Sheboygan Falls, WI

                                           (Our office is about an hour north of Milwaukee)


Coach:                               Sr. Strategic Buyer

(We don’t have bosses at Johnsonville. We have Coaches. They are there to help you develop your talents. They cannot make you run laps.)


Member Status:                            Full Time, Salaried

(At Johnsonville, you are not an employee. You are a Member and, yes, Membership has its privileges – like the ability to buy sausage at great discounts. Our more traditional benefits are great, too.)


Travel:                               Not a ton, less than 5% of your time


About our Company

Since 1945, our family-owned band of sausage-makers has invented better ways to make, eat and prepare crave-able sausage. Today, we are 2,000 Members strong. We sell our famous sausage in all 50 United States and more than 40 countries. We have a culture built on the idea that if we make developing your talents our top priority, great business results will follow naturally. We call it The Johnsonville Way. It has been our secret sauce for decades, and we hope you get to experience it for yourself!


How to Apply:  


External candidate:  Apply on-line only at:


Applicants must be authorized to work in the US without requiring sponsorship now or in the future



We value the diversity of our workforce and we embrace the principles of Equal Opportunity Employment. M/F/Vet/Disability

Johnsonville values the service Veterans and their family members have given to our country.  We support the hiring of returning service members and military spouses.