Procurement Lead - Packaging

The Procurement Lead - Packaging will be responsible for the identification of new sources for packaging requirements in support of all YETI product lines as well as the capacity creation and supplier startup requirements needed to support the launch, increase scale and support the quality and marketing requirements for product lines.

A look at your day-to-day

  • New Product/Materials Sourcing/Procurement:
    • Locate supplier(s) with proven expertise in required fields to support the development of innovative products/materials or support dual sourcing requirements
    • Ensure the supplier(s) capabilities and process capabilities using quality, cost-effective and obtainable raw materials to meet the needs established by YETI's Innovation, Marketing and Quality Departments
    • Work alongside of Innovation, Quality and Marketing teams to create initial product requirements
    • Research, establish and maintain and up to date list of best in class potential suppliers for packaging design and packaging material requirements
    • Travel to new supplier candidates in order to verify their capabilities and to initialize further investigation by the broader support team
    • Utilize and assist the Asia Sourcing/Procurement Team as needed
  •  Coordinate the qualification of potential suppliers
    • If not on file already, execute an NDA/Confidentiality Agreement with potential supplier(s) prior to submitting RFP
    • Submit, receive, and validate Supplier Survey (with assistance of Quality and the Asia Team) along with the Supplier Evaluation Summary documentation
    • Ensure that the potential (or existing) supplier(s) have both long-term financial stability as well as the capacity to meet YETI’s (ever-growing) forecasted requirements.
    • Submit formal RFQ/RFP to most qualified suppliers
    • Obtain and evaluate detailed quotations
    • Create quote summaries and process overviews
    • Manage the PSA (First article submission) process for a new supplier launch of existing products
    • Make a recommendation on fact-based supplier selection with consensus of Quality, Marketing, Innovation teams
    • Create Dual + Souring Strategies to support specific product categories, execute, and maintain them in response to business needs
  • Establish ramp-up production plans and oversee progress, ensuring timetables are met
    • Obtain prototype and qualification samples
    • Oversee ramp up activities including: Equipment ordering and receipt, tooling ordering and receipt, hiring plans, facility expansions and raw material ordering / pipeline establishment, production flow diagrams, execution of the Quality Control Plan with the Quality team, etc.
    • Participate with Quality, Innovation, and Marketing in the PSA Sample run off and evaluation process for the new products and lead the effort for production expansion
    • Once supplier / packaging is approved and initial ramp up completed, coordinate hand-off to the Core Products Planner or designated supplier


  • Up to 60%, Domestic and International travel

Now for a little bit about you….


  • Bachelor's Degree - ideally in packaging discipline
  • 5+ years of Packaging Sourcing / Procurement experience in a fast paced environment
  • 5+ years of Packaging Supplier Development experience
  • 5+ years of Project Management / supplier on boarding experience
  • Demonstrated experience in sourcing quality, cost-effective, premium packaging solutions
  • Demonstrated experience in developing suppliers, supplier processes and scalability
  • Project management and supplier production ramp up management
  • Networked in packaging supply chain in order to define new sourcing opportunities
  • Effective relationship building skill to drive cross-functional resolution
  • Understand various global customs as it pertains to business and developing partnerships

Perks At YETI?  We’ve got ya covered…

  • YETI Swag Package
  • Employee discounts on YETI products
  • Friends and Family discounts on YETI products too!
  • 401K match
  • 3 weeks PTO
  • Loyalty Leave: 1 extra day of PTO with each year of service (up to 20 days PTO after 5 years)
  • Day of Service – 1 day per year to do community volunteer work
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Discounts with outdoor vendors / clients (such as Patagonia, Kuhl, Costa, etc)

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