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19 Apr 2018

West Coast Senior Buyer/Contract Processing – California

Posted by Jennifer Mazza, – Anywhere

Job Description

Job #33466

A well-established food manufacturer is searching for a Senior Buyer to join their team. This position works directly with a Sourcing Manager, the Agricultural Management team and Corporate Planning to develop and implement strategy for purchasing contract processing services to convert raw materials into a format used by our client’s plants (IQF, Canned, Special Packaging, etc.) or finished goods.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Engages contract processors to focus on quality, supply assurance and optimization of the supply chain.
  • Works closely with Quality to ensure quality issues are resolved and corrective action is implemented.
  • Works with Material Planning to ensure material is released according to MRP requirements.
  • Maintain processes and procedures necessary to support the planning and scheduling activities related to contract processing; which include coordination of purchasing, production control and inventory control per MRP.
  • Ensure all contract processed materials are available in order to support delivery schedules and manufacturing objectives.
  • Coordinate movement of freight with the Logistics Department.
  • Communicate timely and effectively with all levels (managers, supervisors, leads, etc.); relaying critical information.
  • Works closely with Inventory Control to manage all processing data, material movements and inventory located at outside processors. Responsibilities include following up on daily receiving discrepancies, monthly inventory reconciliations, and year-end inventory audit.
  • Works with the Accounting department to reconcile invoice discrepancies related to outside processing to assure timely payments.
  • Provide support and assistance to the receiving and inspection personnel in problem resolution.
  • Continuously monitor and upgrade co-packer’s performance and maintains good co-packer relationships.

Skills and Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree (B. A. or B. S.) from four-year college or university or equivalent experience in Purchasing preferably in the food industry.
  • At least 2 years technical level expertise in principals of procurement in a production environment.
  • Technical level expertise in planning, negotiation and contracting for materials.
  • Knowledge of organic growing practices and experience with quality control standards for organic field crops preferred
  • Ability to organize and manage a large amount of data and experience in multitasking
  • Able to maintain a positive attitude in a fast moving ever changing work environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: able to work with senior management, growers, and processors.
  • Highly developed written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent time management skills.

.Salary: DOE, Medical Benefits, relocation assistance.

Please contact Jennifer Mazza,


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

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