Raw Materials & Components Buyer

SmartyPants Vitamins - Marina del Rey, CA

Job Title: Raw Materials & Components Buyer
Department: Operations
Reports To: VP, Operations

SmartyPants is looking for a motivated, dedicated, and detail-oriented individual for the Raw Materials & Components Buyer position at a leading CPG start-up brand in preventative health.

The Raw Materials & Components Buyer will be responsible for the execution of all procurement actions with component suppliers/contract manufacturers.

What You’ll Do:
Optimize working capital costs of raw materials and components in support of supply chain initiatives, S&OP process, and company profitability plans.
Support Planning in all operational aspects of assigned product lines, delivery schedules, performance measurement, and inventory management.
Participate in monthly Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) process
Manage contract manufacturer needs and requirements.
Resolve MRP exception requirements in support of demand schedules.
Follow up, track and expedite goods and service purchases.
Support and execute sourcing initiatives.
Maintain stable relationship with all business partners to assure a reliable supply stream.
Own the availability of raw material and component inventory to support production requirements.
Manage purchase order schedules and update accordingly.
Support the logistics linking all assigned supply streams.
Have the ability & initiative to interface within the organization while driving solutions.
Own and resolve any discrepancies with quantity, delivery, cost and quality.
Participate in company initiatives and contribute to continuous process improvements.
Collaborate with the Product Development, Project Management, Brand Management, and Sourcing on the launching of new products and packaging for eCommerce and wholesale customers
Solve supply issues to minimize disruptions to customer service
Collaborate with Accounting on inventory reconciliation and adjustments
Collaborate with Finance on inventory cash flow projections and planning
Other duties, projects, and responsibilities as assigned

What You Have:
Bachelor's degree In Operations, Supply Planning, or related field
3-5 years of experience in a fast-paced Supply Planning/Buying position
Working knowledge of MRP and supply chain planning practices.
Advanced Excel skills
Strong emphasis on attention to detail and accuracy
Experience with driving lead-time reduction initiatives
Experience generating purchase orders
Ability to take ownership of initiatives and work proactively to successfully complete projects within tight timeframes
Excellent organizational skills
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to interact with all personality types and behaviors; flexibility
Ability to work effectively in a high-pressure, fast paced environment

Bonus points for:
APICS certification
Experience with new product development inventory management practices
CPG or wholesale experience
Experience with bottles, lids/caps, and labels

Work Environment:
Fast-paced, open environment where there is a lot of ad-hoc collaboration. Our office is based in Marina del Rey in a former architect's office with a communal garden in front. We are in a two-story office space with no elevator access to our 2nd floor offices. We are dog-friendly and often have several pups in the office at any given time. All dogs who come into the office must meet SmartyPants Dog Policy requirements, pass a behavioral evaluation, and abide by a set schedule of days in the office. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate as the working environment is open and has no doors or cubicles. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

SmartyPants Vitamins is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

About Us:
SmartyPants is very dynamic and fast-growing LA (Marina del Rey) based supplement company focused on providing premium all-in-one vitamins for all ages. Currently ranked on the Inc. 5000 (#535) and cited as the 25th fastest growing company in Los Angeles by LABJ. Run by experienced entrepreneurs, SmartyPants believes in making it easier to stay healthy by providing best-in-class products that also taste great. Our products are category leaders and we are a fast-growing, highly dynamic company that strives to constantly improve all aspects of our products, company, and team. We also believe in giving back by making a matching nutrient grant donation to a child in need for every bottle we sell. We are an open, fast-moving, and mission-driven company that values transparency, excellence, integrity, and an appreciation for the comedy and intensity that comes from working in a company with explosive growth and a strong sense of social responsibility. Designed and made in California.