Raw Materials: Category Sourcing Manager

Job Locations US-AL-Birmingham
Req No.
Regular Full-Time



Royal Cup, Inc. is the proven leader in sourcing, roasting, blending, and distributing high-quality coffees and fine teas since 1896 and is the chosen partner for restaurants, hotels, offices, and commuters across the country. We are a family-owned business rooted in a longstanding tradition of coffee roasting excellence that takes pride in our unparalleled dedication to customer care.


We are a large, privately held national importer, roaster, and distributor of coffees, teas, and related products that have been in business for more than 125 years. Royal Cup, Inc. currently provides products, equipment, and service to restaurants, hotels, convenience stores, businesses, and individuals throughout the United States, and we are growing!


At Royal Cup, Inc. having a customer-centric focus is not simply a motto; our employees believe we each have a responsibility to provide outstanding service to our customers.  Our customer-centric focus results in actions we live by that not only retain our current customer base but grow our presence with new, high-impact accounts across the country based on exceptional products and service.


We believe serving our customers well, serves us well. We are results-oriented and strive to not only retain our current customer base but grow our presence with new, high-impact accounts across the country by offering exceptional products and service.


Royal Cup Coffee and Tea strives to be sustainably minded and a good corporate steward in all business endeavors.  It is also what others expect of us – our employees, our customers and vendors, our local communities, and the coffee and tea industry we help represent. This mindset permeates the actions we take today for tomorrow.



Royal Cup Coffee offers a competitive compensation plan and a comprehensive benefits program. On top of being a part of a well-caffeinated team, the benefits program includes healthcare, dental, vision, 401(k), company-paid life and disability insurance, Flexible Spending Account plan, select tuition reimbursement, paid parental leave, remote work opportunities, paid holidays, and vacation time. We also provide ongoing training that is designed to provide maximum success for our employees.


Royal Cup is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or another legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please contact us at 1-800-366-5836.


The Raw Material Category Sourcing Manager reports to the Director of Purchasing and will share responsibility for the achievement of Royal Cup’s strategic business goals as it relates to Procurement. This role will be responsible for strategically managing approximately $10M - $20M in spend on raw material goods that are sourced for our coffee and tea production facility.  This category will be responsible for filters, film, corrugate, liquid flavoring, flexible valves, bottles, caps, ink ribbons, labels, and super sacks.

The primary initiative is to continuously reduce total costs for Royal Cup while simultaneously improving quality and service from our supply base. This role will also help drive change through a collaborative, thoughtful approach to their commodity.


Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Order and manage inventory levels in our raw material warehouse to support production
  • Own raw material inventory and coordinate inventory cycle counts to ensure inventory accuracy
  • Manage and execute the sourcing strategy for assigned commodities and related vendor relationships.
  • Ensure products are purchased at negotiated, established prices.
  • Continuously focus on reducing the total cost of goods within their commodity, by applying an innovative, experienced approach to strategic sourcing methodology.
  • Publish and manage RFQs for current and potential new purchases.
  • Identify, evaluate, and select “best fit”, best price, and best service suppliers.
  • Manage successful cost negotiations with strategic suppliers.
  • Drive lower costs while maintaining and improving supplier metrics.
  • Improve capabilities for strategic sourcing processes, such as sampling, costing, quality assurance, PO management, and logistics functions.
  • On an ongoing basis, monitor, evaluate, and work to improve the performance (e.g., quality, delivery, service levels) of their suppliers.
  • Perform ongoing supplier base research and analysis and maintain and update the assigned portfolio of supply options and sourcing trends.
  • Remain current on supply market trends, supplier economics, and best practice sourcing.
  • Measure and track on a quarterly and period basis.

All other duties as assigned


  • Minimum bachelor’s degree (preferably in Business, Supply Chain Management or another related field) preferred.
  • Minimum of 3+ years experience in a strategic sourcing role.
  • Experience sourcing and supporting a production plant preferred
  • Proven track record of adding value to companies and providing strong contributions to a Procurement team.
  • Experience with formula pricing
  • Proven ability to take necessary actions to rectify problems and improve situations.
  • Proven experience as a working Commodity Manager who excels in an evolving environment, handles pressure well, and is self-motivated to accomplish assigned tasks timely and efficiently.
  • Sound understanding of purchasing practices, general business financials, and negotiation strategies.
  • Proven advanced user-level capability with all Microsoft Office Software, specifically Excel (vlookup, Sumif, Countif) & PowerPoint.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills – inclusive of presentation skills and ability to build relationships with employees, leadership, and external business associates at any level.
  • ERP experience required; SAP experience preferred.
  • Procure-to-Pay experience a plus, e.g., Coupa or Ariba.
  • Ability to successfully complete the pre-employment process.


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