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5 Mar 2018

West Coast Materials Buyer – California

Posted by Tara Schwartz, – Anywhere

Job Description

Job #32979

The Materials Buyer plays a key role in ensuring timely and cost effective acquisition of materials for the production process and oversees third party and co-packers packaging material inventories.

Essential Functions

  • Coordinate all activities related to materials purchasing and inventory control to ensure production runs smoothly.
  • Collaborate with other managers to determine supply needs; Purchase supplies and materials according to specifications.
  • Work closely with Demand Planning to plan for material requirements
  • Coordinate third party and co-packer packaging material inventories.
  • Monitor and maintain inventory levels utilizing established forecasting methods to ensure an adequate supply.
  • Negotiates the lowest possible cost balanced against the optimum quality and schedule needs.
  • Issue purchase orders to maintain minimum required inventory of assigned materials.
  • Resolve issues of timely delivery, quality, pricing and invoicing of assigned materials with vendors by coordinating with internal shipping/receiving, quality control, production, and accounting departments
  • Assist internal Sales and Marketing department in research and development of packaging materials for new products and product redesigns
  • Perform contract negotiations for assigned materials under advisement of Materials and Demand Planning Manager.
  • Establish good relationships with vendors by setting clear expectations and monitor/log their performance against metrics such as on-time delivery, quality, and customer service.
  • Acknowledge and respond promptly to requests for information from other internal company departments.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert on materials: knowledge of material characteristics, possibilities and limitations, market trends, innovations, potential and actual problems.
  • Seek new suppliers and determine if they meet specified requirements;
  • Participate in on/off-site supplier audits and evaluations.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelors Degree in business administration or related field or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Three to five years buying experience in a produce or manufacturing environment
  • Familiarity with inventory control procedures and materials replenishment
  • Must have working knowledge of ERP Systems, standard business practices, and production scheduling methodology
  • An aptitude for technical product configuration, dates, numbers and attention to detail
  • Strong analytical capabilities and problem resolution skills
  • Well-organized, motivated team player
  • Ability to multitask in fast paced environment
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with various level of the organization and with vendors.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Outlook
  • Bilingual English/Spanish

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is an exempt full time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with possible extended work times (evenings and weekends) during the harvest seasons.


This position may require up to 10% travel. Most travel is outside the local area and overnight.

Please contact Tara Schwartz,

Job Categories: Buying, Procurement. Job Types: West Coast. Job expires in Endless.

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