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Senior Commodity Paper Manager

Virtual Req #1125
Thursday, March 28, 2024

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The safety and health of our employees is this company’s most important business consideration. Lakeside Book will provide a safe and secure working environment to support our goal of zero accidents and injuries.

Lakeside Book commits to being good stewards of the environment by conducting environmentally responsible business practices while continuing to be good neighbors and partners in the communities in which we live and work.  

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Work Hours: Monday - Friday Standard Business Hours 

Location: Remote 



As our Senior Commodity Paper Manager, you will:

  • Works with paper broker to support responses to client RFPs, work with Lakeside’s sales team to promote paper services.
  • Work with business units to determine why a supplier is needed; volume, budget, duration, skills, services, market knowledge, certifications, alternative options.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the supply base as it maps to Lakeside’s global demand over the next 3+ years,
  • Identify gaps in Lakeside’s direction vs. industry. Provide recommendations to address gaps. Include contingency plans & risk analysis,
  • Identify potential suppliers; industry intelligence, existing suppliers, recommended suppliers, specialty certifications, requests from suppliers on file.
  • Screen and Select Suppliers; Conditions of use; one-time or repetitive, geographic, capability, capacity, or back-up. Certifications; diversity, associations, regulated products and materials. Financial stability, market position, growth potential, etc.
  • Work with suppliers and paper broker to obtain lowest total cost solutions that meet the Business Segments’ requirements, including price, pay terms, services, and ongoing productivity improvements
  • In accordance with corporate guidelines, establish contracts that include pricing, NDA, service commitments, terms & conditions, and other necessary elements to mitigate risk and to document the agreement. Manage contract and relationship with paper broker
  • Management approvals, communicate supplier information to Business Segments, classify suppliers in various systems, documentation collection and filing (W9, certifications, remit to information), transaction setup (SAP / PO, invoicing), supplier training to function in Lakeside’s systems.
  • Evaluate supplier’s performance; spend (compliance to classification and agreement), expectations (Quality, delivery, service, cost savings, pricing, productivity, innovation), Compliance (regulated products & materials, certifications). Provide updates to contacts, remits, COI, contract renewals. Reporting (regulatory, spend review, adherence to agreement).
  • Work closely with Sales and Pricing organizations to recommend customer paper pricing and sales strategy
  • Help maintain internal systems and data involving paper cost and pricing


  • College degree in discipline related to functional work, or demonstrated ability to meet the job requirements through a comparable number of years of applicable work experience.
  • 10+ years of experience in supply chain with relevant work experience in all types of printing paper products, and other print related materials.
  • Ability to act as an advocate for Lakeside’s requirements with suppliers
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to respond to sensitive supplier issues with professionalism
  • High proficiency in computer skills, especially procurement systems and aptitude to learn additional systems
  • Good analytical and computational skills for price evaluations and spend analysis
  • Negotiating, contracting, and supply chain skills are critical
  • Certifications highly preferred: CPM or CPSM through ISM

What we offer you:


  • Paid time off 
  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits
  • 401k with company match 
  • Career growth opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee appreciation & recognition programs
  • Diverse & inclusive work group



About Us:

Lakeside Book Company loves books!  To us, every book matters. Every word. Every page. Every hand that helped build it. Our history has shown that we are leaders and innovators. We have a team-winning culture, where all of our people have a voice. While we are old in years, we are new at heart.  Come join our mission to keep the world reading.


Lakeside Book Company is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Lakeside Book Company is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. If  reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process or perform essential job functions please contact


*This job posting highlights the most critical responsibilities and requirements of the job. It’s not all-inclusive. There may be additional duties and responsibilities assigned for this job at the company’s discretion. 

Other details

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  • Job Function Purchasing
  • Pay Type Salary