Ingredient Buyer - Rockford, IL

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Accountable for $20-40MM+ of ingredient spend
  • Participate in strategic sourcing activities for America’s region with goal of achieving significant initial cost reductions
  • Maintain and improve product quality and vendor service levels
  • Support execution of global category strategies in assigned region and implement all regional/global cost optimization initiatives
  • Analyze market and delivery conditions to determine present and future material availability/price and prepare market analysis reports
  • Oversee all activities related to procurement of a material, from intent to purchase through delivery
  • Monitor procurement reporting systems to meet company requirements
  • Recruit and maintain suppliers that provide high quality products and services at a better price
  • Negotiate complex requests for materials
  • Work with other functions in region on implementation of category sourcing initiatives
  • Ensure categories are contracted in line with sourcing strategy to avoid maverick buying
  • Ensure master agreements are properly codified into local contracts for region
  • Prepare and issue purchase contracts and change notices
  • Prepare and review contracts, bids, proposals, and vendor agreements for legal correctness, price, and acceptability
  • Develop and utilize system to evaluate vendor quotations with appropriate negotiation and purchasing techniques to ensure quality, price, delivery, and service
  • Interact with global category management team and provide data from OpCo to category management team
  • Directly solve operational issues with vendors; review and resolve vendor claims and contracts for conformance

  • Qualifications:
    • BS/BA; Master’s degree preferred
    • Minimum 2 years related purchasing experience
    • Impressive track record of accomplishments and continuous improvements in purchasing, preferably in food ingredients