Senior Buyer in Greenville SC

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DiscoverFresh Foods
Senior Buyer
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Greenville SC
Not Specified
$60,000 - $75,000
Job Types:
Employment Type:
Full Time

Position Summary

DiscoverFresh Foods is a leader in the ready to eat & bakery manufacturing industry. In addition to our own line of fine food products we provide solutions to Private Label, National Brand, and co-pack clients across the US and the world. Our services aim at achieving client goals by focusing on the desired end user experience. As a leader in the industry, we constantly adapt to new technologies and are looking for qualified individuals to join our growing team to support our efforts.

The Senior Buyer identifies multifaceted sources of food commodities and services- evaluates bids- awards contracts and purchase orders- develops standards and maintains contact with vendors- and maintains comprehensive descriptions of available products and current prices. This role is fast paced and requires a person with phenomenal time management skills who can be committed to quality and relationship building!

Primary Responsibilities

  • Apply strategic sourcing process including market and industry analysis- supplier research and review- category and supplier segmentation- sourcing events- analysis- negotiations- contracting and implementation
  • Create and cultivate effective supplier relationships & performance accountability including conducting business reviews and ensuring that monthly service targets are achieved.
  • Negotiate contracts with suppliers ensuring the most optimal terms and conditions while never compromising service or quality
  • Actively monitor and manage spend area P&L including create the annual operating plan & submitting periodic forecast updates.
  • Champion the total cost of assigned category by identifying and implementing novel and creative means for reducing costs- improving quality- or otherwise improving total value for money.
  • Ensure the demand of required volumes for all new products are secured and accounted for- including future growth considerations
  • Ensure supply of raw materials and contingency plans to meet business needs by identifying potential areas of risk- recommending proposed solutions and implementing once aligned with vital collaborators.
  • Enable effective Supplier Performance Management through operational and business reviews.
  • Identify and source External Manufactures to help grow external portfolio and drive all Procurement activity from initial scoping though launch.
  • Manage supplier relationships and serve as point of contact for supplier throughout DiscoverFresh Foods' organization
  • Continually review supplier markets- develop alternative supply options; identify value-engineering opportunities- cost avoidance and e-commerce solutions;
  • Develop and manage sourcing strategy for respective raw materials and packaging areas
  • Analyze risk management to understand raw material pricing movements and develop mitigation and/or optimization strategy to support;
  • Manage monthly reporting on price purchasing variance running detailed analysis on budget prices- real prices- volumes- contract coverage.
  • Identify sources for new product development raw materials and work closely with commercialization to support timelines and product launches
  • Problem solve unexpected supply- New product development and project timeline challenges to support the business


  • Bachelor's degree preferred or relevant experience
  • Strong entrepreneurial- project management and skills (data and specifications analysis)
  • Effective communication- negotiation- influential and e-sourcing skills
  • Strong strategic/business orientation- with customer focus and the ability to anticipate and deliver change.
  • Ability to optimally negotiate and influence business decisions and change
  • Skilled in the use of Microsoft Outlook- Word and PowerPoint
  • Strong numerical and analytical skills in Excel
  • Structured thinking
  • Strong financial competence and high analytical skills
  • Experience or affinity with key (procurement) computer technology and systems e.g. SalesPad, Vicinity, Great Plains
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