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Searcy, AR
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Purchasing

  • Review packaging, ingredients, corrugated and other material requirements, initiate, negotiate and execute the purchase of items using approved suppliers
  • Calculate prices for purchase orders, enter purchase orders into IFS, make any changes needed to purchase order after the material is delivered
  • Manage inventories and utilize an accurate inventory to determine purchases to meet production schedules while targeting consumption before expiration dates
  • Interact with outside supplier base, including quality, service, product improvement options, weekly purchase agreements, issue purchase orders, follow up on late trucks, shortages, etc.

Vendor Management

  • Develop and grow supplier relationships with the objective of enabling the purchasing of materials that are consistent with food safety, quality reliable delivery, performance, and long-term least cost
  • Evaluate the performance of suppliers, review facilities, provide Vendor Rating report and report results
  • Collaborate with suppliers on least cost options and maintaining improving quality
  • Report foreign material and quality issue findings to suppliers with detailed information and request a Corrective Action for continuous improvement
  • Collaborate with the Quality department for qualification of materials.

Purchasing Support

  • Handle miscellaneous requests, products, meetings, travel
  • Prepare and manage yearly budget

Team Management

  • Manage warehouse employees / provide support / manage schedules/overtime, etc.
  • Responsible for the hourly/salary employee budget
  • Develop team to address competency gaps, meet individual goals and developmental goals

Core Competencies:

Strategic Focus, Drive for Results, Builds Relationships, Builds High Performing Teams, Organizational Agility

Technical Competency Required:

  • Applies and advises on decisions based on specialist knowledge of Land O’Frost procurement policies to drive value for financial outcome
  • Identifies, assesses, and manages procurement and operational risks for complex requirements
  • Contributes to the development of procurement strategies that align with Land O’Frost Strategic objectives
  • Leverages supplier relationships to manage risk, address issues, and to ensure contract requirements are being delivered
  • Undertakes spend analysis and applies findings to procurement decisions
  • Engages with stakeholders to manage operational risks including financial, quality, legal and regulatory risks

QUALIFICATIONS:

Experience 2-4 years of meat industry and or procurement experience preferred with previous food manufacturing experience a plus
Education Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Procurement, Supply Chain or related field of study preferred

Strong verbal, written communication, and mathematical skills required; must be able to effectively communicate with vendors

Certifications / Training Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite required

ERP system experience required; IFS / Novacura experience preferred

Travel Local and/or overnight travel 10% of the time

 

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