The Buyer will represent the company in the acquisition of goods required to assure on-time deliveries and customer satisfaction. The primary objective is to identify and obtain the products and services that must be obtained externally. In accomplishing this, the Buyer will evaluate, and determine the best supplier, value and delivery for those products and services.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)
Execute purchase orders to maintain proper inventory levels and deliver stated service level goals to customers.
Identify new sources of supply as needs dictate, in order to develop solutions to resolve current out-of-stocks and eliminate potential out-of-stocks through transfers or by expediting future deliveries.
Manage inventory investment to attain inventory days of supply targets.
Conduct order analysis to attain the best product net cost possible and maximize efficiency throughout the supply chain.
Proactively communicate and partner with vendors to improve lead times, on time delivery of products, and vendor fill rates.
Communicate vendor and/or pricing issues to Sourcing Buyers and partner to resolve issues.
Proactively partner with transportation department to identify opportunities to reduce freight costs.
Review and analyze daily and weekly reports to check service levels and inventory turns; make adjustments as needed.
Evaluate forward buys, based on cost increases and/or market fluctuations to ensure in-stock items and to leverage favorable market pricing.
Handles invoice resolutions and pricing discrepancies.
Work closely with the Sales Team to provide support and ensure superb communication.
Maintain awareness of market trends, technology and food safety.
Essential Qualifications, Licenses and Education Requirements and Additional Notes:
Associate degree; or equivalent from a two-year college or technical school; or six months or more related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Familiarity with procurement, logistics and inventory management practices.
Possess analytical, problem solving, planning, and organization skills with strong attention to detail
Written and verbal communication skills as well as interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective business relationships within and outside the company.
Statistical skills are a plus.
Strong Microsoft Excel skills, Microsoft Office skills a plus.
Able to prioritize and work with a sense of persistency and urgency.
Ability to anticipate and solve problems; make sound decisions by using available resources and market information.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers and decimals.
Ability to carry out instructions furnished in written, verbal or diagram form.
Ability to solve problems quickly.
Regularly required to walk and occasionally required to stand.
McFarling Foods, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or Vietnam era, or other eligible veteran status, or any other protected factor.