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Home Market Foods Senior Procurement Specialist in Norwood, Massachusetts

The Senior Procurement Specialist will be responsible for several key ingredient and packaging procurement activities for Home Market Foods. This role requires someone with the ability to interact effectively with senior management, manufacturing/operations, planning, and finance, as well as be the owner of their supplier relationships. Responsibilities include the development and implementation of a purchasing strategy for each of their assigned raw materials and packaging items. Materials procured include dry food ingredients, spices, and oils, as well as finished goods packaging materials. The position requires an understanding of agricultural markets and the ability to implement strategies to buy these materials. This buyer must be able to suggest process improvements and strengthen communication channels with other departments. WHY THIS MATTERS TO YOU! Whether a newer entrant to the workforce or a professional with experience in supply chains, this is a tremendous opportunity to gain access to a diverse portfolio of goods to build out your resume. The procurement department at Norwood is a close-knit group of buyers linked to operations capacity planning, sales and promotional activities, and the delivery of financial objectives. We offer candidates a high-tempo, hands-on and broad spectrum of business activities. You will see the impact you have on other people, managers, and departments on a daily basis. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Manage pricing and contract negotiations. Must be able to build strong relationships with suppliers and manage those relationships effectively, including resolution of any issues Monitor suppliers' performance to ensure that goods and services conform to the contract requirements Source and qualify new suppliers/vendors Manage competitive bid process on a routine and regular basis for all ingredient purchasing Review cost of goods regularly and make substitution recommendations in the interest of cost, quantity, quality or delivery time Analyze, establish, and maintain qualified, uninterrupted sources of supply that are consistent with Company policies and procedures Track and manage price risk and market trends to ensure competitive price advantage Negotiate with suppliers on price, terms, and conditions and establish purchasing and price agreements that fall within the scope of delegated responsibilities Act as a liaison between suppliers and other functional areas of the Company. Communicate market/pricing developments and develop strategies to leverage these market fluctuations Maintain and monitor all open contracts, expiration dates, and balances Review inventory levels and service levels to insure proper capital utilization Facilitate quick turnaround time of invoice resolution, damaged product claims, and discrepancy issues Disposition QA damaged/rejected material in a timely manner Resolve dead stock issues. Recommend a course of action for sales and Department Manager for disposition options Assist in identifying market for new products. Communicate new uses from supplier or trade sources to Industry Management Work with the finance team to perform cost and price analyses Perform other duties as directed EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: Bachelor's degree required Minimum of 3-5 years of procurement experience preferred Preferred 2 years of experience in food ingredient buying Knowledge of freight purchasing, warehousing and logistics required Ability to become highly proficient in using ERP systems and Microsoft Office programs; currently proficient with Microsoft Office required Food commodity trading experience is a plus Must have good vision and manual dexterity. Able to sit / stand for prolonged periods at a desk and working on a computer Company provided Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) must be worn while on the production floor