Ehrmann Commonwealth Dairy
  • Brattleboro, VT, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

medical, dental, and vision insurance plans; 401k with employer match; company paid life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance; generous PTO entitlement and paid holidays; tuition reimbursement; performance-based incentive program (up to 10%)


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: all matters listed herein are considered to be essential job functions. There may be other job functions which are essential, but are not listed below. Also, Ehrmann Commonwealth Dairy may revise this description at any time deemed necessary.

The Buyer is responsible for:

  • managing the sourcing, ordering, and delivery of ingredients and packaging to ensure materials are on hand to meet production schedule while optimizing cost and obsolescence/weeks of inventory on hand .
  • In addition, s/he will manage raw material supplier day-to-day relationship to ensure compliance with our contracts and business needs, resolve issues, and escalate risks.
  • She/he will also assist in costing new business or changes to product specifications, maintain strong vendor relationships, identify and deliver productivity programs, and support periodic RFP initiatives..
  • Responsible for the total quality, continuous improvement, costs, service and value performance of the vendors supplying our manufacturing facilities.
  • Produces quarterly purchasing reports that summarizes vendor performance, upcoming meetings/contracts decisions, project initiatives, and issues.
  • Develop and maintain ongoing market insight and knowledge on critical commodities, vendors/suppliers, market conditions, economic factors, security issues and pricing domestically and internationally.
  • Develop annual ingredient and packaging budget rates.
  • Actively engage and support cross-functional efforts with Operations, Quality Assurance, Finance, R&D, Marketing and Sales. Included but not limited to new product development, product improvements, reformulations, changes in process.
  • Maintain the organizations purchasing policies, procedures, standards, and strategies to ensure process transparency, fairness, impartiality, and confidentiality.
  • Support proposal, bidding, and negotiation process while adhering to applicable legal standards and codes of ethical conduct.
  • Evaluate overall supplier health (supplier risk assessment).
  • Review and assess total supply chain risk and identify opportunities to minimize and eliminate risk.
  • Maintain current technical skills and apply new knowledge to management tasks for the improvement of purchasing activities.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in business, supply chain, Agri-business, ingredient focus, or related discipline.
  • 3 to 5 years of experience in a sourcing or procurement role with a food manufacturing company with direct responsibility for supplier management.
  • Experience with SAP
  • Working knowledge and experience with strategic sourcing processes, including experience with RFPs and contract negotiations.
  • Change management/continuous and quality improvement background.
  • Demonstrated leadership and project management skills.
  • Position requires strong critical thinking and a high level of analytical and creative problem solving skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and critical issues simultaneously.
  • Advanced communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal, with an emphasis on interpersonal and consensus building capabilities.
  • Must be self-motivated, able to deal with change, and demonstrate cross-functional team skills to provide required support as well as proficiency for collaboration, attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Strong computer skills in Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook.
  • Travel, as requested.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • This job has one direct report.

QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/of ability required.

REMARKS: the above job description is intended to describe the duties of an employee in general terms and does not necessarily describe all of his or her duties.

SAFETY: Obey all safety rules.

EEO: Commonwealth Dairy is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.

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