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Indirect Procurement Manager

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14701 Charlson Road, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, United States, 55347-5090
Job TypeFull time

Join C.H. Robinson as an Indirect Procurement Manager, and work closely with our business leaders to optimize sourcing and contracts for contract labor and professional services. Your primary mission is to enhance cost savings and drive our business initiatives forward.

In this pivotal role, you'll be at the forefront of advancing our business strategies through innovative supplier initiatives. Your responsibilities will include developing category plans for critical expenditure areas, such as Staffing Augmentation/Contractors (SOW: Statement of Work) and Professional Services/SOW (SOW: Statement of Work), as well as managing Business Process Outsourcing (BPO). You will guide teams towards procurement strategies that deliver tangible results, with key objectives involving streamlining the RFP process, skillfully negotiating contracts to achieve cost savings targets, and optimizing our standardized procurement procedures.

What makes this opportunity even more exciting is our hybrid work model. You'll have the flexibility to work from home while also having the chance to collaborate and engage with our dynamic team in person at our Eden Prairie, MN office.

If you're looking for a role that's more technology-focused, we also have another exciting opportunity. We're actively seeking a tech-savvy Indirect Procurement Manager with a specific focus on technology-related procurement. This role is tailor-made for candidates with a technical background who can drive innovative sourcing and contracting solutions within the technology realm. To learn more about this opportunity, please visit - Indirect Procurement Manager for Technology.


  • Analyze spending data and business needs to create category plans and strategic sourcing initiatives

  • Identify cost-saving opportunities within existing contractual relationships

  • Provide category and supplier spending data to support strategic decision-making

  • Encourage competitive bidding for historically non-competitive spend areas

  • Manage the creation and distribution of RFPs/RFQs, facilitating stakeholder communication

  • Evaluate proposals/quotes and recommend suitable suppliers based on quality, cost, and other criteria

  • Collaborate with senior business stakeholders to define and validate business requirements

  • Develop negotiation strategies in partnership with the business for upcoming contracts

  • Work with senior business stakeholders to prioritize the project pipeline

  • Identify and pre-qualify potential suppliers, assessing their capabilities objectively

  • Influence business stakeholders to consider alternative suppliers

  • Negotiate mutually acceptable contractual agreements with selected suppliers

  • Ensure all procurement activities adhere to internal policies and external regulations

  • Monitor changes in internal policies and external regulations

  • Manage and update contracts for indirect purchases, including ownership of terms and conditions and legal compliance

  • Utilize organizational knowledge and networks to identify new value opportunities

  • Mentor less experienced team members

  • Perform other duties as assigned based on team and country-specific requirements 

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university 

  • Minimum 7 years progressive experience in Sourcing and Procurement  

  • Comprehensive knowledge of sourcing and contracting for indirect spend 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated success negotiating favorable contractual business and legal terms 

  • Expertise in specific spend categories, including experience working with external industry forums 

  • Outstanding relationship building skills with an ability to work as part of a team and influence senior stakeholders 

  • Effective and flexible communication and presentation skills, including experience with senior leadership presentations 

  • Strong negotiating skills to deliver favorable contractual business and legal terms 

  • Results-oriented, metrics-driven professional with expertise in purchasing, supplier collaboration, and contracting 

  • Meets deadlines and makes decisions in line with department goals 

  • Detail oriented with demonstrated analytical skills  

  • Ability to effectively implement changes in a large, matrixed organization 

  • Values a diverse and inclusive work environment  

Questioning if you meet the mark? Studies have shown that women and people of color may be less likely to apply unless they match the job description exactly. Here at C.H. Robinson, we’re building a diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees feel they belong. If this position excites you, we welcome you to apply whether you check all the preferred qualifications or just a few. You may just be our next great fit!

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

C.H. Robinson is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We believe in equality for all and celebrate the diversity of our employees, customers and communities. We believe this increases creativity and innovation, drives business growth and enables engaged and thriving teams.  We’re committed to providing an inclusive environment, free from harassment and discrimination, where all employees feel welcomed, valued and respected.

Affirmative Action Employer/EOE/M/F/Disabled/Veteran 


Your Health, Wealth and Self

Your total wellbeing is the foundation of our business, and our benefits support your financial, family and personal goals. We provide the top-tier benefits that matter to you most, including:

  • Two medical plans (including a High Deductible Health Plan)

  • Prescription drug coverage

  • Enhanced Fertility benefits

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Health Savings Account (including employer contribution)

  • Dental and Vision

  • Basic and Supplemental Life Insurance

  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability

  • Paid and floating holidays

  • Paid time off (PTO)

  • Paid parental leave

  • Paid time off to volunteer in your community

  • Charitable Giving Match Program

  • 401(k) with 6% company matching

  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan

  • Plus a broad range of career development, networking, and team-building opportunities

Dig in to our full list of benefits on OUR CULTUREpage.

Why Do You Belong at C.H. Robinson?

Standing out among the world’s largest logistics platforms, C.H. Robinson solves logistics problems for companies across the globe and across industries, from the simple to the most complex. For 100+ years, our global suite of services has innovated trade to seamlessly deliver the products and goods that drive the world’s economy. With 20 million shipments annually for 100,000 customers, and millions of dollars contributed to support causes that matter to us, our people and technology literally move the world.

As a FORTUNE 200 company, FORTUNE has also named C.H. Robinson one of the World’s Most Admired Companies 2022. Headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, we are proud to be recognized as one of LinkedIn’s Top Companies in Minneapolis-St. Paul 2021. And we’re not stopping there… Join us as we collaborate, innovate, and work as one global team to make life better and more sustainable for our customers, communities, and world.

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