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Buyer

Location:  Lynn, MA

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Position Type:  Full Time

Job Summary

Responsible for the procurement of raw materials, communication with vendors, and ensuring quality standards of raw materials. This position has the authority to act as a purchasing agent for the Company with an approximate annual spend budget of $50MM.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Plan and execute raw material requirements for internal customers through ERP System (Ross)
  • Reorder raw materials within lead time specifications as needed, enter purchase order with detail to quantity and cost, communicate purchase order to vendor, and confirm/update pricing as needed.
  • Adherence to inventory levels based on usage, forecast, minimum and maximum inventory ranges.
  • Monitor daily raw material orders/logistics to ensure on-time deliveries and efficient production.
  • Contact vendors when orders do not meet our standards (Ex: out of spec, not on time, incorrect quantity)
  • Maintain product reorder data including lead time, minimum order quantity, minimum and maximum inventory levels, primary and secondary vendor.
  • Maintain Vendor Database with contact and ordering info for customer service and sales representatives.
  • Negotiate with vendors for competitive pricing and review new products.
  • Qualify new suppliers as business needs change for the organization.
  • Develop and implement cost reduction programs.
  • New Vendor and Product setup (price quotation and negation, raw material specs, data setup).
  • Invoice approval and reconciliation by researching supplier information, invoice approval software, and ERP data.
  • Maintain pricing information for the purpose of tracking and placing contracts.
  • Attend weekly KPI meetings and action initiatives to improve quality, reduce cost and reduce inventory.
  • Use internal Supplier Evaluation Program to monitor supplier performance.
  • Assist Operations Team (Receiving/Warehouse/Production/Planning/Transport) with raw material issues, delivery and pickup times, and ensure customer and supplier are aligned.
  • Work with QA to action expiring inventory, manage raw material rejections and returns, and other issues as needed.
  • Due to 24 hour delivery schedules, after hours and weekend communication may be required when issues arise.
  • Project Management-Develops Plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget.
  • May perform other duties as required.
  • (Key Responsibilities) Plan & Execute Raw Material requirements through ERP system
  • Ensure raw materials are in stock for required production (Metric: Raw Material Shortage Report)
  • Reduce inventory and cost to improve cash flow and increase company profitability while maintaining quality standards
  • Work to reduce inventory levels (Metric: Weeks on Hand / Inventory Exposure)
  • Look for cost saving opportunities (Metric: Material Price Variance)
  • Ensure Quality of Raw Materials and Manage Vendors Quality Standards
  • Ensure product quality standards (Metric: Raw Material Rejections/Returns)
  • Manage raw material shortage reporting, raw materials planning, inbound delivery planning
  • Ensure plant efficiency through proper communication and planning of raw materials (Metric: Downtime / Raw Material Shortage Report)

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in FIELD and/or INDUSTRY
  • Demonstrated excellence in driving consistently strong profitable sales growth
  • Experienced working with Procurement/Supply Chain Planning
  • Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills
  • Financial and business acumen

Required Attributes

  • Knowledge in chilled/refrigerated manufacturing industry
  • Communicate effectively with suppliers and internal customers
  • Strong negotiation skills, interpersonal skills, and problem solving ability
  • Working knowledge of Purchase to Pay business process
  • Adept with the Microsoft Office Suite and strong understanding of ERP Systems
  • Build and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to read and interpret raw material specifications and supplier documents
  • Work independently in a face-paced environment
  • Self-starter able to conceptualize and drive initiatives forward
  • Positive attitude and motivated by contributing to the overall success of the team
  • Able to develop strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Creative problem solving skills
  • Obsessive attention to detail, well organized and able to juggle many projects at once
  • Comfortable moving at a fast pace and in ambiguous environments
  • Passionate about food
  • Willing to address difficult situations head on with patience and respect

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