Director of Purchasing

Purchasing Director

Seeking Director of Purchasing will be to create results and improve the performance of SKU optimization, DIOH, negotiated savings, and optimized procurement strategies on market-driven commodities (protein, cheese, dairy, oil, ingredients, materials, and packaging, etc.)


  • Leads negotiation with suppliers and vendors to secure favorable cost reduction and advantageous terms.
  • Builds and maintains strong relationships with all vendor and suppliers.
  • Develops procurement staff in (and across) sourcing, contracting, transactional purchasing, supplier management and miscellaneous internal procurement support activities.
  • Negotiate business terms within contracts that support company strategy.
  • Coordinate the design of contract verbiage with other internal departments including Legal, Finance, Sales & Marketing. Review contracts and bids for terms and conditions, accuracy, scope of work, performance requirements and contractual compliance.
  • Maintain current contracts by monitoring and service change.
  • Identify cost savings opportunities and drive those initiatives forward.
  • Lead the RFP process to deliver value, capturing the business needs, formulating a sourcing strategy, identifying, and soliciting bids from vendors, performing analysis, negotiation, and final award of business.
  • Manage the Sourcing process for new and innovative materials for R&D.
  • Support new product rollouts by ensuring that all new materials are in place for production, planning initial inventories and replenishment strategy.
  • Support Quality Assurance department by assisting in the resolution of quality issues.
  • Keep abreast of significant trends and changes in suppliers, commodities, and prices to capitalize on opportunities and/or enhance product margins.

Key Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Management, Supply Chain management., MBA & Professional Certification (CPM, CSPM) are a plus.
  • 10+ years of progressive leadership experience including all phases of strategic sourcing and category strategies, supplier relationships management and project management in the frozen food industry.
  • Strong purchasing functional expertise, including experience in ERP purchasing systems.
  • Experience in executing a purchasing strategy that has drastically improved gross margins.
  • Experience in starting up new production lines and/or manufacturing locations.
  • Excellent presentation skills including advanced PowerPoint or google slide skills.
  • Strong computer skills, ideally experience with MS Office, Outlook, and Excel

Desired Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of SAP purchasing and requirements planning
  • Working knowledge of FSMA, SQF, USDA, FDA and GMP requirements

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