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.