Develop & foster relationships with suppliers in the marketplace.
Manage all aspects of categories including: strategy development & execution, spend analysis & cost management, capacity management and expansion, risk management, supplier relationship management, supplier performance management & continuous improvement, negotiation & contracting supply agreements.
Lead sourcing activities to identify and qualify new sources of supply as required by category strategies, new product development needs or supply base continuous improvement efforts.
Collaborate with suppliers, Procurement, R&D, Operations, Manufacturing & Finance to initiate and lead projects designed to improve quality, timing, lower cost & increase capacity.
Analyze and evaluate supplier bids, proposals, or quotations; negotiate prices and delivery conditions; and commit to purchases (within established limits of authority) with terms that are in the organization's best interest.
Monitor inventory, production schedules, purchase requisitions, orders and other documents to co-ordinate purchasing activities with the organization's current and anticipated demand for starter materials or finish goods.
Establish lean & effective total cost supply chains for purchased materials including material, transportation, storage, quality and material handling costs; TCO
Establish, measure, manage and report on supplier performance including cost, quality, quantity, on time and customer service targets; OTIF
Assist in managing Supply Chain process improvement projects, including areas of freight and purchasing.
Collaborate with Accounting to assure the new supplier set-up process is in compliance.
Create a new resource in ERP and monitor the Materials Catalog of Live Goods and ensure accuracy.
Ensure all site critical shortages are resolved, appropriate root cause identified, and corrective action is implemented; elevate to Sr. Manager as needed
Establish and maintain professional relationships with internal and external counterparts Understand cost-drivers and information about market fluctuations, industry changes, and potential risk to delivery, quality, and/or price
Managing contracts throughout their entire lifecycle. Tracking and reporting savings, production plan fulfillment, supporting procure-to-pay process improvement within the category area, monitoring TCO improvement as well as working capital improvement using the tracking tools in place.
Monitor and assist in resolution of invoice price discrepancies.
Create forward-looking visibility into inventory position and address gaps relative to projected demand through collaboration with cross-functional teams
3+ years of experience as a Purchasing Agent and/or Buyer
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel)
Working knowledge of MRP/ERP Systems
Relationship management and negotiation skills
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and adapt to a changing, fast paced environment
Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration or related field
Supply Chain certifications a plus, but are not required
Fluent in both English and Spanish is required