Purchasing Buyer

The Opportunity

Position Title:
Purchasing Buyer
Reports To:
Director of Purchasing
Position Location:
Minneapolis

The Position

Basic Function

RESPONSIBILTIES:

  • Create an environment of strategic partnerships with vendors to seek mutual cost reduction and optimization opportunities 
  • Recognize and appropriately act upon supplier development opportunities
  • Manage Supplier Performance (Quality, Punctuality, Lead time compliance & service) and facilitate Major Non Conformance closure (delivery and quality)
  • Support new product introductions by working with R&D; source new items, communicating new product volumes with vendors
  • Develop close working relationship and active dialogue with internal customers and departments such as quality, supply chain, and finance


QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Certified Purchasing Manager designation is preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Finance, or other related degree
  • Working knowledge of operational purchasing, strategic sourcing, raw materials & indirect goods and services is required
  • Purchasing know-how and mastering the Strategic Sourcing Process (supplier industry analysis, supplier selection, fact-based negotiations, etc.)
  • Demonstrated expertise in negotiation strategies and tactics
  • Knowledge of SAP, SAP SRM or similar ERP system required
  • Technical skills in computing and using standard software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Internet)

The Candidate

Education / Certifications

Certified Purchasing Manager designation is preferred

Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Finance, or other related degree

Professional Experience

  • 3-5 years Procurement or Diverse Supply Chain Management in the Food Industry
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