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Procurement Category Leader- Paper

Date: Mar 18, 2023

Location: Chicago, IL, US

Company: Dart Container

This position is ideally based in Mason, MI, but candidates may also work out of our satalite office in Evanston, IL. 


As Category Leader you will lead a team responsible for the financial and operational performance within the paper commodity.

  • Partner with end-to-end cross-functional teams and business commercial leaders to ensure lowest total cost of ownership for the company.
  • Develop and implement global sourcing strategies for Paperboard, Fiber, and Corrugate.

Your performance will be measured based on total value creation: financial performance, quality, service, innovation, sustainability, sourcing strategy, and compliance adherence.


Dart makes everyday products that give people the freedom to enjoy the food & drinks they love, wherever they are. From to-go containers and dinnerware to tamper-evident food packaging and even the red Solo cup, Dart products have been keeping people on the go and having fun for more than 50 years. Dart is a family-owned, family-focused company of 13,000 employees united by a shared set of values. Headquartered in Mason, MI, Dart has 30 locations in four countries.


Dart employees enjoy the flexibility of a hybrid work schedule, working 3 days in the office and 2 days from home. Come join us!


Core Skills and Qualifications

The ideal Paper Procurement Category Leader must possess all the following:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Eight (8) years of experience in procurement, inventory management, supply chain, or relevant field
  • Five (5) years of leadership experience including experience as a supervisor
  • Experience and thorough knowledge in pulp and paper industry
  • Proven leader in implementing change across a multi-location operations environment, including cross-functional team facilitation
  • Detailed understanding and experience implementing best practices in the areas of purchasing and materials management
  • Detailed understanding of purchasing-related documents such as purchase orders, requisitions, quotations, bills of lading, contracts, invoices, etc.
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time domestically and internationally
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid driver’s license and passport
  • Favorable motor vehicle report upon hire


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Business, Engineering or Supply Chain
  • Master’s Degree with emphasis in Business, or Supply Chain
  • SAP ERP or SAP Ariba application experience

Dart Container is a drug-free workplace.  Candidates are subject to a drug test (excluding THC*/marijuana/cannabis) and background check at the time of offer.

*THC testing ONLY when such testing is required by law.

Dart Container is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all candidates for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you have a disability and need an accommodation to access this website or for the application process, you should call Dart at (800) 545-3278 Ext 3370 or email us at Relay calls can be made by dialing 711 or the relay number for your state.

If you experience difficulty applying online, you may call (800) 545-3278 Ext 3390 or email us at for assistance.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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