Purchasing & Inventory Manager

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Job Description

Position Summary:


Purchasing & Inventory Manager will be responsible for the procurement of all raw materials, packaging, material handling equipment, office supplies, sales and marketing supplies, etc.  through the development and implementation of purchasing plans and the management of vendor/supplier relationship.


Key Activities:


  • Implement procurement strategy and policies assuring best possible prices for high quality materials and excellent customer service from vendors.
  • Forecast procurement needs.
  • Maintain timely knowledge of all pertinent markets affecting purchases and inventory items.
  • Create and implement KPI’s; track purchasing activity and measurements.
  • Build and develop relationships with key suppliers.
  • Identify and develop training opportunities; cross functional training for anyone involved in purchasing and inventory control at any step in the process.
  • Obtain competitive quotes for all purchasing activities, order materials and services as per negotiated prices.
  • Prepare purchase requisitions, approve and issue purchase orders in accordance with company policy and negotiated terms and conditions.
  • Define policies and procedures incorporating best practices for inventory management for all raw materials, packaging and finished goods.
  • Evaluate opportunities for vendor managed inventory; implement wherever possible to reduce inventory on hand while getting the best possible price and service.
  • Manage and maintain all purchasing and inventory related information in Navision.
  • Discuss defective or unacceptable new goods or services with users, vendors and others to determine cause of problem and take corrective and preventative action.
  • Ensure supplier compliance with site and company requirements for food safety and general safety.  Work with Quality Assurance to ensure suppliers are compliant w/BRC requirements and Supplier Approval programs.
  • Manage vendor relationships and assist in building effective partnerships; establish a vendor rating system to evaluate quality of products, service, pricing, etc.
  • Assist Accounts Payable Department to ensure accurate and timely payment of invoices, as necessary for the business with the supplier.
  • Arrange for disposal of surplus materials.


Required Qualification:


  • Bachelor's Degree in business, Finance, Accounting (or similar field of study).
  • Minimum of 5 years' work experience as purchaser, inventory manager or related.  Manufacturing sector and food industry preferred.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Strong decision making, mathematical and decision-making skills.
  • Effective at collecting, reviewing and analyzing information from various sources.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills as well as interpersonal skills.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong computer skills; proficient in Excel, Word and Power Point.
  • Ability to learn and adapt easily to various business reporting software.
  • Experience in Microsoft Navision or Dynamics considered a plus.

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Posted: Jul 20, 2021

Type: Full Time

Category: Purchase