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EOE StatementWe are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
Category Procurement/Purchasing  
Location St. Joseph, MO Plant  
Req Number PRO-13-00001  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Shift First  
About the Organization Ventura Foods is a leading national manufacturer and marketer of branded and custom made shortenings, oils, dressings, sauces, margarines, culinary bases and pan coatings for the foodservice and retail industries. From East to West, Ventura keeps pace with the dynamic food marketplace by delivering high quality products at competitive prices. In fact, our company's growth is fueled by long-lasting profitable partnerships that benefit all parties. We do this by meeting the challenges of an ever-changing world by applying the strengths of our commercial resources, the talents of our employees and the opportunities created by new technologies. Throughout our rich history, one thing hasn't changed: the dedication to our customers and the consumers we are proud to serve.


Establish and maintain professional relationship with suppliers' representatives to achieve sourcing, bidding, negotiation, selection, approval, purchase, and quality of all materials for assigned areas.  Coordinate needs of internal customers to ensure that necessary materials are ordered and available when needed.  Maintain appropriate inventory levels of all materials and manage costing information.

Monitors and maintains proper inventory levels of all packaging and ingredients, replenishing as necessary taking lead-time into consideration in order to meet production schedules.

Works with qualified, established suppliers for all supply needs including MRO, QA, Packaging/Shipping, Processing, and office supplies.

Works with suppliers to assure that quality, on-time delivery, and service expectations are met.  Acts as liaison between suppliers and internal customers to resolve quality, delivery, or service issues or problems.  

Work with Controller and Accounting on pricing and inventory issues.  Approves invoices for Accounts Payable.  Works with suppliers and internal customers to resolve any discrepancies.

Researches possible sources/suppliers for requested items and provides information on possible alternatives or substitutions when applicable.

Assures compliance with regulatory and audit requirements, including up-to-date records of certificates of insurance, MSDS, documentation of approved supplier status, food-grade ingredient and supply status, etc.

Obtains competitive pricing from new and existing vendors to achieve cost objectives.  Meets with Sales Representatives from Suppliers to review location requirements.

Responds to product quality issues and field related problems as necessary.  Assists in resolving production and quality assurance problems and respond to the inquiries.

Administers Purchase Order process according to policy and places orders as necessary.

Coordinates plant commercialization projects, including but not limited to: new product commercialization's, packaging changes, or ingredient changes.

Position Requirements

Relevant Bachelors degree or equivalent experience; 5+ years of purchasing experience.  CPM (Certified Purchasing Manager) or CPIM certification preferred.

Proficient with MS Office and server based software.  Knowledge of purchasing procedures, requisitions, purchase orders, purchasing terminology, and bid procedures.  Analytical problem solving capability, strong organization skills, and ability to manage change effectively.  Strong interpersonal, communication, and negotiation skills.  General supply chain knowledge including planning and inventory management.


Physical Activity/Work Environment

Travel - 2%                               Driving - 1%

Prolonged Sitting - 80%         Prolonged Standing/Walking - 1%

Climbing, Crawling, Pushing, Pulling, Lifting (30 lbs.) - 2%

Finger-Hand Manipulation (e.g. 10-key, typing) - 80%

Prolonged VDT use (Video Display Terminal) - 80%


Temperature - 1%     Noise - 1%

Dust - 1%                    Fumes - 0%


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