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The Purchasing Manager, Indirect Sourcing develops and implements strategies to support the purchase of various goods and services for use across the Enterprise. Focusing on the acquisition of products that represent high levels of risk and value, the Manager, Purchasing evaluates options/scenarios based on thorough analysis and executes agreements while identifying opportunities to leverage spend. The Manager, Purchasing uses his/her cross-functional knowledge of business and commodity market trends to support the negotiation of agreements with suppliers. This role will also be a central project manager for key stakeholders within the organization. He/she may lead one or more members of a team.


- Identifies and recommends business solutions by leveraging available resources (e.g., knowledge of supplier capabilities, industry benchmarking data); ensures that the identification and selection of suppliers aligns with overarching purchasing strategies.

- Has an expert understanding of purchasing implications and negotiation tactics.

-Develops and gains alignment on long-term purchasing strategies for one or more services requested by Darden stakeholders; uses analysis provided by Sourcing Analysts to actively negotiate agreements with suppliers.

-Focuses efforts on the acquisition of services requiring high levels of spend and/or complexity.

-Conducts cost formulation and develops component cost breakouts, including staffing plans.

-Prepares and executes Requests for Information (RFIs) & Requests for Proposals (RFPs).

-Has an expert understanding of purchasing implications and negotiation tactics.

-Demonstrates an expert-level understanding of one or more categories/industries, specific and general market trends, and available suppliers; develops an understanding of key suppliers' operations; leverages trade associations.

-Conducts supplier site visits in support of activities including development, education, negotiation, issue resolution, compliance, etc.

- Maintains and updates list of ‘strategic suppliers’ to be monitored against critical risk factors.

-Provides guidance to internal stakeholders to develop supplier relationships in support of purchasing strategies.

-Monitors, analyzes, and projects relevant cost trends in order to ensure continuity of service, manage risk (i.e., contingency planning), and ensure value.

-Provides Purchasing Support to Darden Functions.

-Monitors and identifies trends across category that could be used in innovation efforts; engages teams to vet ideas.

-Leads crisis management for critical items.

-Leads sustainability efforts and thought-leadership; develops sustainability strategies.

-Addresses vendor service issues; supports other functions (e.g., facilities, IT) in vendor escalation issues as needed.

-Works with Functional Leaders, Brand Leaders, and/or Finance teams to plan presentations, review scopes of work and/or evaluate supplier compliance.

-Costs proposals of new or changing services; provide cost information to internal decision makers.

-Contacts suppliers to find and investigate new services and innovations.

-Conducts Contingency Planning with Brands (as necessary).

-Cultivates strong relationships with internal stakeholders impacted by services managed within the category.

-Demonstrates financial ownership by developing and communicating forward estimates of cost trends to finance teams.

-Maintains thorough documentation of executed contracts, scopes of work, and RFPs (requests for proposal) to catalog best practices and ensure compliance.

-Works with Accounts Payable department to ensure accurate vendor setup and invoice settlement process.

-Leads and Develops the Team.

-Establishes and champions a positive, vibrant culture within the work group that is consistent with Darden’s values.

-Coaches for performance by delivering performance-based and developmental feedback.

-Cultivates value-add relationships among partners and stakeholders among brand and functional teams consistent with Supply Chain strategy.

-Encourages knowledge-sharing, collaboration, and best-practice sharing among team members.

-Assigns and delegates tasks to team members as appropriate.


-Knowledge and familiarity with the use of software/information systems.

-Understanding of procurement operations and associated technology, including Procure-to-Pay (P2P) systems (e.g., Coupa).


Bachelor's degree in business or a relevant field preferred; Master’s degree a plus. Individuals should have 5-8 years of relevant experience.


-Expert understanding of Services industry as it relates to purchasing; ability to ensure that others are applying correct financial principles.

-Considered an expert with purchasing/buying negotiation tactics; able to mentor others.

-Well-versed in cost formulation and development of financial models; ability to guide others to ensure that they are using the correct principles to develop cost formulations.

-Understanding of business/business acumen.

-Strong verbal and written communication skills.

-Strong analytical ability.

-Ability to develop investigative questions in order to develop concepts, theories, or obtain information.

-Ability to think strategically.

-Excellent presentation skills.