Privately held grower, processor, packager, marketer, and distributor of high-quality produce traditional and organic, supplying bulk commodities, whole fresh wrap vegetables and value-added fresh cut packaged retail products. 100+ SKUs, 25,000 farming acres and 5 facilities.
Manage the flow of all assigned produce items both internal and externally procured from either domestic or imported sources. Manage sourcing strategy, including contract and negotiation decisions, to improve quality and profitability. Negotiate raw product contracts with growers and brokers based on quality parameters. Facilitate the development of new suppliers in collaboration with quality assurance in order to help them to reach the level of excellence required by company standards. Build grower relations, exclusive where possible, with specific specifications to Fresh Cut / Fresh Wrap production needs.
Evaluate and select suppliers based on their ability to supply product in accordance with the organization’s requirements like quality, contract compliance, and accuracy, among others. Effectively communicate with suppliers to ensure timely deliveries, excellent product quality, continuous improvement for cost reductions and improving lead times. Monitor daily quality inspection reports with Director of Quality Assurance.
Maintain acceptable inventory levels on all assigned commodities and be accountable for all daily purchases for assigned commodities. Work closely with the Chief Performance Officer and the Client Services staff to secure needed lid pricing, needed quantities, and forecasted profitability.
Work closely with the Sales Division to ensure all product and quality levels are maintain and acceptable. Monitor and control the inventory levels of all assigned commodities and assist sales in finding suitable solutions for any variances.
Responsible for maintaining budgetary profit margins on assigned commodities. Prepare assigned commodity update reports of volume, price, and availability for weekly review.
Select Growers / Shippers who meet company’s Food Safety requirements, company’s HAACP programs, third party auditors Primus Labs and CCOF. Must be capable of full traceability of product. Work with transportation and logistics to ensure the arrival / travel of the product runs smoothly.
Travel: Periodic to multiple growing regions and to other company locations throughout the year.
- 3+ years of Perishable Foods Industry.
- Working knowledge in areas of handling rejections, PACA rules, and government regulations regarding the commerce of the fresh produce industry.
- Produce product knowledge; production, distribution, seasonal availability, advances, and trends.
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Windows, MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, SharePoint, Famous.
Salary: $80 - $100K, company performance and retention bonus, medical, dental, Life, PTO, Holidays, relocation assistance.