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Director, Procurement

Location: New Hope, MN, United States
Business Unit: Liberty Diversified International
Remote Type: Hybrid Remote

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As a member of the LDI operations team, this critical position is responsible for developing and implementing procurement strategies across the enterprise, spanning all our manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Mexico. The Director, Procurement is accountable for driving cost containment strategies that leverage LDI’s enterprise supply chain. This role coordinates with purchasing resources across business units to ensure the timely and cost-effective procurement of goods and services necessary for efficient operation of the company. The Procurement Director collaborates with cross-functional teams, including production, engineering, quality assurance, finance, and others to ensure that procurement activities are aligned with business goals and objectives. This role reports to the Vice President, Operations.  
  • Lead and develop a strong company-wide procurement function, spanning all US and Mexico operations.
  • Manage the overall procurement process, from identifying large suppliers to negotiating contracts and overseeing delivery.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including production, engineering, quality assurance, and finance, to ensure that procurement activities are aligned with business goals and objectives.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with suppliers to ensure reliable delivery of goods and services.
  • Develop and maintain procurement policies and procedures that comply with company policies and applicable regulations.
  • Analyze market trends and stay up to date with industry developments to identify new procurement opportunities.
  • Manage procurement budgets and track procurement spend to ensure that costs are within budget.
  • Manage risk by developing contingency plans and identifying alternative suppliers.
  • Drive continuous improvement in the procurement process, identifying areas for improvement and implementing process improvements.
  • Lead a team of procurement professionals, providing guidance and support to ensure their success.
  • Acting as the “go-to” person for procurement knowledge for all business units.
  • Other duties, as assigned.
  • Bachelor’ Degree in business, supply chain or a related field. 
  • 8+ years of procurement leadership experience which includes multi-site responsibilities, preferably in an international manufacturing organization.
  • Proficiency in procurement software and systems.
  • Knowledge of procurement best practices and industry trends. Advanced analytical skills and the ability to make data-driven decisions.
  • Experience collaborating in a matrixed environment.
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to influence across the organization.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to think creatively.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent negotiation and communication skills.
  • Proven negotiations skills including large capital equipment.
  • Experience sourcing goods and services related to paper, packaging, plastics manufacturing & off-shore sourcing.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  
  • Regular sitting, standing, and walking throughout the day to accomplish tasks
  • Manual and finger dexterity used regularly with some repetitive finger motions
  • Ability to work in front of a computer screen for long periods of time
  • Specific vision abilities include close and distance vision; able to identify colors, small letters, and numbers; hand/eye coordination, depth perception and able to adjust focus
  • Hearing and speaking
  • Other conditions may include frequent reaching, stretching, pushing, pulling, pinching, grasping, and gripping.
about our company:  
Comprised of multiple companies with headquarters in New Hope, Minnesota, Liberty Diversified International (LDI) is a privately held company employing more than 1,900 individuals across our manufacturing facilities, production facilities and core business operations in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, Arizona, California, and Mexico. With deep roots in the corrugated box manufacturing industry, we operate in the core markets of paper, packaging, workplace products, corrugated plastics and building products.  
Since 1918, our values – Caring, Innovation, Trust and Excellence – have guided our day-to-day activities. We believe that when our employees are aligned with these values, we create superior solutions and service for our customers. The LDI family of companies includes Liberty Packaging, Liberty Paper, Liberty Plastics (Custom Solutions and Quarrix Building Products) and Safco.  
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Liberty Diversified International is an equal opportunity employer and makes all employment decisions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, creed, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, or any other protected class.