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Procurement Buyer

C&F Foods, Inc. Industry Full-Time
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Job Summary
Able to work with limited support to negotiate and purchase assigned raw materials by obtaining the best possible prices and terms for distribution to all facilities, including direct loads.  Provide basic support to S&OP and Inventory Control in procurement and planning analysis.  Communicate directly and effectively with internal and external suppliers/customers.  Execute all tasks effectively within procurement, innovation, and commercialization process on assigned commodities ensuring quality and cost efficiency meet or exceed standard

Essential Functions and Duties

·         Develop and maintain relationships with existing and potential suppliers; Select best source based on cost, lead time, quality, and customer service.

·         Perform routine purchase spend analysis for assigned raw materials category(s).

·         Evaluate and maintain appropriate inventory levels consistent with forecast, demand and/or targeted inventory goals as set by management.

·         Apply basic knowledge of the principles and practices of procure-to-pay, finance, and accounting; and current market conditions, trends, and new product development processes.

·         Place purchase orders / blanket purchase order and follow up with vendors to ensure that commodities/ingredients/packaging materials are available to meet forecast and planned production needs.

·         Review order confirmation/ confirmation of contract for accuracy of price, quantity, dates as compared to purchase orders; and route for approval and/or payment within timelines.  Retain documents in compliance with organization’s record retention policy.

·         Audit supplier, broker, and Co-Man inventory levels for raw materials category (S).

·         Track spending & identify opportunities for lead-time improvements / quality improvement / cost savings by assigned supplier / raw material category(S).

·         Perform periodic supplier performance evaluation through Supplier Scorecard and provide feedback to suppliers.

·         Support R&D in Innovation process such as supplier search and trials; and support Commercialization efforts to ensure new product launch timeline are met.

·         Contribute to support other team members by accomplishing other job-related tasks as needed and/or assigned.


Key Performance Indicators

  • Accuracy of work (PO, Contract, Spec., & sourcing)
  • Cost savings
  • On time delivery / completion of customer requests / projects
  • Manage turn time of raw material and Inventory tracking
  • Meeting on time product launch dates
  • Supplier scorecards


Capabilities & Competencies

Technical skills:

  • Able to evaluate and manage inventory and manage supplier(s)
  • Able to execute implementation plans, projects, & bids
  • Creates solid cost/benefit analysis to evaluate ideas and write basic proposals

Capability building:

  • Builds business relationship skills & leadership skills with internal & external customers / suppliers
  • Lead suppliers on continuous improvement / waste reduction efforts

Mindsets and behaviors:

  • Demonstrates the potential to improve & assist in leading change efforts
  • Overcomes historical roadblocks

Performance management:

  • Links operational improvements to overall targets
  • Executes tracking systems to monitor impact of specific initiatives, implements countermeasure plans


Percent of Time Commitment

  • 60% – Procure raw materials needed to support all internal & external customers on a daily basis and per approved projects.  Manage all suppliers as assigned to achieve goals of the department / business.
  • 20% – Networking & gaining understanding of internal / external customers’ needs.
  • 15% – Attend meetings / training onsite such as project meeting, Staff meeting, supplier meetings, 1-on-1 development meeting, group training, etc.
  • 5% – Attend offsite training, trade show, supplier meeting, supplier audit, etc.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Minimum Education (or substitute experience) required: High school diploma or General Education Degree (GED), Associate Degree preferred
  • Minimum Experience required: 2 – 3 years of combined experience in procurement /supplier management / strategic sourcing / customer service / sales (minimum of 1 year in food manufacturing industry is a must)
  • Skills Required: Excellent communication skills in English – oral and written
  • Relevant experience in an office environment with below skills:
    • Knowledge of MRP processes
    • Experience using ERP software (Microsoft Dynamics NAV or 365, Oracle, SAP)
    • Basic level on Microsoft Excel, Word, Powerpoint
    • Data entry
    • Copying, scanning, sorting, and filing documents
  • Experience working with brokers, contract manufacturing, importers is a plus

Skills required

Inventory Control
Sla Agreements
Target Customer Needs


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Procurement Buyer
Estimated Salary: $90K
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C & F Foods, Inc. is a privately held, family owned and operated company. We are a major originator, packer, distributor, and exporter of dried beans, peas, rice and popcorn. We supply the retail, food service, canning and frozen food manufacturing industries nation wide and internationally. Our pledge is to provide our customers with superior quality, service and value.

As a progressive corporation we are dedicated to improving our products and our industry. We revolutionized the retail and frozen food manufacturing industry with the introduction of the "Triple Cleaned" colored bean program. Our dynamic and competitive approach maintains our strong growth.

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