Purchasing Manager - Food Production

Conyers, United States of America

JOB SUMMARY:  Directs liquid product or SSA purchasing activities for West Coast or East Coast operations, ensuring that all products meet company objectives for price, efficiency and quality.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Directs purchasing activities, bidding and negotiating with external suppliers, to obtain the best price, maintain or reduce costs, and enhance service and quality. 
  • Establish and maintain strong vendor relationships, periodically meeting with suppliers to enhance communication, ensure that company objectives are well understood, and share performance expectations.
  • Reduce costs on inbound raw materials and packaging, work with carriers for back haul opportunities and improved delivery times, and improve routing and shipping methods to decrease freight-related operations costs. 
  • Monitor the Supplier Quality Index (SQI) and other measures to evaluate supplier performance in terms of management excellence, low cost/best value, system player, and technical competency/quality. 
  • Track late deliveries, customer complaints, and other quality and supply issues to improve customer service and quality. 
  • Forecasts raw materials prices for quarterly pricing meeting with the customer to support strong customer relations and service. 
  • Calculates the total sugar content in all exports from both plants to process the required USDA Re-Export license documentation for final sugar export credits. 
  • Administers the minority/diversity purchasing program, submitting quarterly reports to the customer, to ensure diversity objectives are met. 
  • Adheres to food safety, quality and legal compliance.  In the event of a crisis (i.e. product recall, fire, etc.) delegate responsibilities as outlined in the Crisis Communications and Management Guide.
  • Performs other related and assigned duties as necessary.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Education and experience equivalent to:

Education/Certification:

Bachelor’s degree in business administration from an accredited college or university

Experience:

7 to 10 years of relevant experience in purchasing and inventory control in the food or restaurant industry.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Purchasing and inventory indicators (days on hand, inventory turns, cost of inventory, ABCs, etc.) 
  • Purchasing law (contracts, terms and conditions, warranties, disclaimers) 
  • Strategic supply management (just in time, strategic alliances, value analysis, partnerships)
  • Contract management (blanket orders, releases, EDI, verbal agreements, contracts)
  • Computer inventory management and database applications
  • PC word processing/spreadsheet software 
  • Quality assurance concepts and techniques
  • SPC

Skill and ability to:

  • Analyze and resolve complex problems
  • Interpret purchasing problems or anomalies and identify appropriate solutions
  • Communicate and coordinate effectively with vendors verbally and in writing
  • Prepare a variety of comprehensive administrative and technical documents and reports
  • Read and process written information with a high degree of accuracy
  • Negotiate effectively with vendors
  • Work effectively in a general business environment, with a focus on high levels of quality and customer service
  • Travel via airplane and drive an automobile
  • Act in accordance with company’s Values and Creed

Purchasing Manager - Food Production

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Purchasing Manager - Food Production

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