Buyer in Livingston CA

Foster Farms
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Livingston CA
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Purpose of position:

Arrange for the purchase and delivery of Direct and Indirect materials/services for multiple feedmills, hatcheries, ranches, food processing facilities and internal professional services groups (i.e. HR, Legal, Finance, Marketing and IT) in the most cost effective manner. This will be accomplished consistent with company goals and specifications for quality and timeliness established by using departments. Provide administrative and technical support for the Sourcing group to include order placement, specification buying, supply continuity, communication to vendors, Request for Proposals (RFPs), contract negotiations and contract creation.

Essential Job Functions:

Daily Buying Support for a mix of the following packaging, ingredients, energy, site services, professional services, MRO, supplies and Capital. Responsibilities include managing the Req-to-Pay process to include acting as a procedural resource for Purchase Requisition (PR) development, creating & issuing POs, order confirmation, invoice resolution support and maintaining Department records and documentation. Responsible for ensuring on-time delivery and adapting to new schedule requirements.

Responsible for the support of the company s hazardous material management program. Hazardous Material responsibilities includes ensuring materials are properly set-up in the material master and sourced, act as a gatekeeper for the flow of chemical information within Sourcing to ensure key stakeholders (Operations, QC, Risk Management, Site Safety Managers and Environmental) are aligned, support material classifications and liaise with both Risk Management and Environmental teams.

Responsible for the support of the company s maintenance planning systems (MRP) support. Maintenance planning systems (MRP) support includes supporting maintenance planners with basic understanding of SAP material management, inventory settings such as classifications, min/max safety stock, and reorder points, material master requirements. Additionally, the role will make site assessments of ordering status and build standardization and best practices across maintenance planners.

Responsible for support of direct material food safety material planning processes and system improvements. Food Safety & System responsibilities include supplier information and performance management related to BRC, FSMA, and new food safety requirements, working with Quality & Feed on assessments and compliance obligations, keeping documentation current, assessing material/supplier risk in conjunction with Sourcing and Q/A. Additionally, in this role the individual will work closely with IT to support an integrated approach to improve purchasing controls around the right supplier, the right mfg plant, and the right use. Will also coordinate with material & feed planners to ensure alignment and improve planning efficiency.

Responsible for supporting new supplier qualifications, plus any transition of new/modified goods/services. Will be required to lead efforts to integrate new suppliers or supplier s products.

Responsible for identifying and delivering cost reduction. Will develop and manage RFPs, RFQs and SAP RFx(s) for various purchases, conduct bid analysis and draft contracts. Responsible for vendor selection, price determination, transportation optimization and other terms for materials/services purchases within assigned area.

Responsible for ensuring quality, food safety, safety and supplier policies are adhered to for purchases made. Will be required to explain financial policies, procedures to internal customers in writing and verbally and support compliance with internal controls.

Perform research and data analysis with frequent use of Excel, SAP, BW, Ariba and other databases.

Will be required to review POs written by others, validate and release. PO authority up to $50,000.


Bachelor s Degree in Business Administration or related field

Must have one plus years of Purchasing/Sourcing or Business related experience

Computer literate in Microsoft (MS) Office and Outlook with a strong understanding using and creating MS Excel spreadsheets, including formulas and data management

Basic negotiation skills and knowledge of business law

Excellent and demonstrated interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills

Capable of learning and proficiently using SAP Procurement module, BW, Ariba and DocuSign

Initiative, sound analytical skills and ability to work independently with less supervision, change agent, detail oriented, ability to work in cross-functional teams

Must be able to handle and safeguard confidential information and have the desire to work in a fast-paced team environment

Preferred Requirements

Experience with SAP, BW and Ariba

Demonstrated contracting experience

Physical Requirements:

Ability to sit for long periods of time

Consistent and reliable attendance

Ability to work in fast paced, high pressure situations

Reliable transportation in order to attend off-site meetings

Ability to travel periodically, up to 15%

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