Purchasing Manager

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Purchasing Manager

Job Summary: This position carries out an important task for a number of flagship products Kalsec commercializes. The position is responsible for sourcing a wide range of commodities from raw materials to highly technical products that are currently used by Kalsec such as paprika, several innovative antioxidant products, tocopherols, and other products as deemed appropriate;• Monitoring worldwide market conditions and evaluating potential long term strategic inventory or purchase positions to manage cost and profitability• Ensuring that suppliers are compliant with Kalsec quality and procurement standards• Conducting supply chain analyses of major product lines that provide better implementation of initiatives that result in measurable optimization of the sourcing strategy.•  Researching and source prospecting the best alternatives for supply chain design of highly technical products to Kalsec in terms of product qualifications, procurement, packaging, transportation, warehousing, and other supply chain functions and links.Essential Job Functions:1. Execute all purchasing activities (inventory management, cost improvement initiatives, audit of existing and new supplier qualifications) for paprika, several innovative antioxidant products, tocopherols, and other products as deemed appropriate.2. Coordinate with other buyers in the department on the functions described in number 1 above when appropriate.3. Design the supply chain for highly technical products that are new to Kalsec. Responsibilities include source prospecting, supplier and product qualification, sourcing, and supply chain design (packaging, transportation, warehousing, etc).4. Report market conditions for the product lines where this position is the buyer. Effectively communicate market intelligence for the company’s purchasing function as well as associated departments.5. Control and improve purchasing and/or production cost through development of unique price and quality relationships at source and evaluating source alternatives.6. Track and conduct analysis on supply, price, and quality of purchased products against market and other economic drivers. Initiate activities reflective of a thorough understanding of market conditions and Kalsec’s need for materials.7. Make sure suppliers are compliant with Kalsec quality and procurement standards and perform regular audits. Address and respond to supplier performance issues.8. Maintain knowledge of regulatory requirements of purchased products with regards to quality, safety and any other applicable legal requirements, as well as Kalsec’s quality and safety policies.9. Travel as needed to assure supplier compliance as well as worldwide supply conditions. This position is expected to gradually demand additional traveling up to 25% of employee’s time.10. Lead interdepartmental projects and help provide necessary training to the purchasing team when necessary.11. Maintain open and cordial communication channels with supplying partners nationally and around the world.12. Build long-lasting relationships with suppliers, particularly with those excelling in meeting Kalsec’s quality and service requirements.13. Inform the appropriate Kalsec sales team representatives whenever opportunities for profitable sales arise.14. Actively participate in activities related to the implementation of our new ERP. Goal is to help our purchasing group to utilize best in class practices and systems. Education/Experience/Skills:Required:A Graduate Degree in any of the following disciplines (in order of preference): Supply Chain Management, Business Administration, Agricultural Economics, EconomicsOne (1) year of relevant experienceExperience on global market research for commodities preferably agricultural products.Desired:Experience as a buyer, preferably in the food industry.Extensive and demonstrated understanding of inventory control practices.An understanding of technical product specifications in the area of food products and/or spices.An understanding of supply chain analysis. Detail oriented individual is a plus.Enthusiasm for engaging with diverse environment and cultures, relationship building and international travel.Multi-lingual is a plus.

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