Corporate Purchasing Manager

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Corporate Purchasing Manager is responsible for sourcing raw materials, goods and services, supplier relationship management, and management of procurement staff for a FOOD MANUFACTURING company. Primary responsibilities will include an ability to perform strategic procurement activities across multiple categories of spend, including formal data-driven RFP’s, to obtain optimal pricing, terms and service, leading purchasing practices and procedures to meet customer and operational requirements at the lowest overall cost. Position reports to the VP of Operations.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Sourcing: This position will be expected to take a lead role in the RFP process, trial of proposed commodities, supplier qualification, and management of the supplier relationship for assigned commodities and services.

Sourcing activities include:

Sourcing of raw materials, shipping supplies, plant supplies, consumables, MRO items and transportation as requested/directed.

Develop, lead and execute strategic sourcing and purchasing strategies for assigned materials and spend categories.

Utilize effective negotiation strategies and close deals with optimal terms.

Facilitate supplier qualification including material and qualification trials.

Seek materials and sources which support sustainability initiatives and increased spend with minority/women-owned business entities.

Perform RFP/RFQ data analysis, prepare and present total value and recommendation.

Assess, manage and mitigate risks.

Relentlessly pursue cost savings across supply chain.

Track Supply Agreement terms including pricing, cost takeout and service commitments and renewals.

Track and report key trends and functional metrics to reduce expenses and improve effectiveness.

Perform cost and scenario analysis utilizing both historical and forecasted trends.

Supplier relationship management to include:

Participation in supplier selection including obtaining bids and quotations, establishing optimal order and inventory programs (including consignment and vendor-managed inventory)

Seek and partner with reliable vendors and suppliers

Maintenance of supplier relationships across assigned material and spend categories and/or project requirements including periodic visits to key supplier plants.

Conduct periodic supplier evaluations and presentation of supplier scorecards

Ensure timely resolution and corrective action of supplier non-conformances including claim settlement.

Management of Purchasing Procedures, Processes and Personnel

Ensure adherence to purchasing policies including spend limits, order limits and ISO compliance.

Oversee and manage purchasing processes and practices including planning, order process, release, and inventory programs of assigned materials based on production forecasts and schedule.

Ensure effective, accurate and efficient processing of purchase orders, product receipt and order completion

Monitor for appropriate quantity and timing of deliveries, effective handling of order changes and expediting.

Monitor material and supply inventory levels and requirements with purchasing and planning to take full advantage of cost saving opportunities and eliminate excess and obsolete inventory.

Accurate and timely communication of sourcing updates.

Monitor and forecast upcoming levels of demand.

Proficient utilization of ERP manufacturing system and lead support for supplier, raw material, and purchasing functions.

Other tasks as assigned or directed.

Job Requirements

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Logistics, Purchasing & Inventory Control, or related field required.
Minimum of 15 years previous food manufacturing purchasing and inventory experience required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Have knowledge and understanding of raw materials used in food manufacturing processes
Knowledge and understanding of food manufacturing inventory management practices and principles.
Knowledge and understanding of ERP, MRP or similar purchasing & inventory control system
Ability to prepare and present meaningful and accurate information utilizing data systems, ERP system, MS Excel and data reporting systems.
Must be a self-starter.
High level of critical thinking and effective negotiating skills
Operate with integrity in sound judgement and decision making.
Strong mathematical and analytical skills with ability to gather and analyze data.
Attention to detail along with in-depth knowledge of business processes and practices.
Understanding of inventory management and production planning
Must be flexible operating in a service-oriented and cooperative manner with ability to prioritize to meet business needs.
Ability to perform assigned job duties under pressure and time constraints.
Must be able to communicate in English, as well as read, understand, and follow work instructions as provided in the English language
Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of employees.
Willingness to take on new and challenging projects.
Above average organizational and problem solving skills.
Ability to work independently and in a team environment with individuals from different departments and backgrounds.
Strong working knowledge of PC computer technology