Director of Purchasing

Posted: 03/06/2020

SUMMARY:  The Director of Purchasing is responsible for leading purchasing operations including oversight of the day to day activities by ensuring appropriate engagement of all stakeholders in strategic sourcing activities.  This position provides a rewarding team atmosphere where a forward-thinking and effective leader has the opportunity to advance the success of the organization and reach ambitious personal and professional goals.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  This list is not intended to be all-inclusive and other duties may be assigned.

  • Managing and mentoring a dynamic team of purchasing professionals including selection, on-boarding, training, developing and evaluating.
  • Establishing and maintaining measurable performance metrics for all levels of procurement activities to include but not limited to supplier performance, supplier quality, internal order placement performance, buyer activity levels, financial (AP) performance, and material shortage elimination.
  • Report to management the measurable status of progress and corrective actions as it pertains to supplier performance; ensure performance improvement and recovery plans are developed, issued, tracked and reported on as required for supply base management and improvement.
  • Negotiate and execute purchase orders or vendor contracts as needed to support the critical business needs.
  • Establish measurable criteria for productivity, efficiency, customer service, cost, quality, safety, and employee engagement objectives by meeting established metrics
  • Strategically develop and implement short- and long-term sourcing strategies covering all services and supplier processes throughout the enterprise to deliver maximum value, leverage and standardization.
  • Actively pool spend and collaborate with other divisions (Seaboard Foods, Triumph Foods, Butterball, Daily’s) to maximize leverage in the marketplace where possible; participate in strategic sourcing opportunities as requested with other plants and divisions.
  • Lead the organization within the scope of the strategic sourcing process to drive out costs by managing the following:  negotiation strategies including Terms and Conditions, Supplier selection/de-selection, evaluation and rationalization of suppliers, including vendor managed inventory (VMI), supplier consignment, safety stock levels, etc.
  • Drives usage cost models to validate strategies and understand significant cost drivers.
  • Develops an overall vendor base which creates and sustains a competitive advantage, leveraging spend and technologies and managing risk.
  • Manages materials savings initiatives in line with profit plan and overall business objectives
  • Leverage inventory management principles, processes and systems that improve and protect the accuracy of stock and non-stock inventory both physically and financially from purchase through delivery in full compliance with food safety regulations.
  • In collaboration with Food Safety and Quality Assurance, maintain a complete and current file of MSDS sheets and supporting information that meets or exceeds regulatory requirements.
  • Act as a subject matter expert for organization in areas of spend identifying innovation and supplier development opportunities to support long-term strategies.
  • Ensure and monitor compliance and procurement internal controls – taking appropriate action as necessary.
  • Foster an environment of continuous improvement to drive efficiencies, increased accuracy, and stronger decision making.
  • Accountable for budgetary and other financial procurement objectives including establishing baselines and performance tracking.
  • 10-15% travel as necessary.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the work environment, knowledge, skill, and/or ability required or preferred.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, production/operations, management, engineering, business or other related discipline and eight or more years of end-to-end purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment.  CPM, CMA or other related certification a plus.  Well-developed management skills utilizing sound management principles in leading a team of employees.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and/or governmental regulations.  Ability to write effective reports and business correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from management and employees.  Must have the ability to influence and persuade others.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and interpret documents in the English language such as safety files, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.  Must be able to effectively communicate with the vendors, customers, production and management personnel. 
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to apply mathematical applications to practical situations.  Demonstrated ability to understand basic statistics for process control.
REASONING ABILITY:  Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.  Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical, diagram, written and/or verbal form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. 
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Strong personal computer skills and understanding of operational metrics and reports required. 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to move about the facility.  The employee is required to sit; use hands to finger; handle; or feel/hold objects; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; speak; hear taste and smell.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Individual must be able to effectively work in a normal production environment where temperatures and noise levels may vary. Generally the incumbent must be able to sit and use a computer for extended periods of time.