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Purchasing Buyer
Robert Half Accountemps     Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
 Posted 26 days    


Robert Half is looking for a Purchasing Buyer in Pleasant Hill, CA. Responsible for procuring ingredients related to a manufacturing plant and its co-packers. This pivotal role demands collaboration with various departments including Marketing, R& D, Warehouse, and Production to understand both short- and long-term requirements. The Purchasing Buyer will closely engage with vendors to stay abreast of market changes impacting supply needs.

Key Responsibilities:

+ Manage vendor relationships and negotiate pricing, including annual contracts.

+ Develop policies and procedures for the procurement of goods and services.

+ Monitor market conditions affecting material pricing and availability.

+ Track inventory levels and lead times, identifying lead-time risks.

+ Maintain a preferred supplier program in close cooperation with QA.

+ Conduct monthly meetings to review potentially obsolete materials.

+ Source back-up vendors to ensure continuous supply.

+ Actively participate in quarterly physical inventory processes.

+ Evaluate and monitor vendor performance.

+ Undertake project work including updating product specifications.

Please apply today for immediate consideration!



+ Bachelor's degree in supply chain or business-related field preferred.

+ Five to ten years of purchasing experience in the food industry.

+ Prior experience working with co-packers strongly encouraged.

+ Passion for procurement.

+ Strong analytical skills.

+ Experience with SAP or similar ERP systems.

Required Skills/Knowledge:

+ Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

+ Market knowledge and ability to recognize trends.

+ Strong attention to detail.

+ Strong organizational, planning, negotiating, and prioritization skills.

+ Resourceful with a strong initiative, capable of project completion.

+ Proven ability to effectively deal with conflict and problem-solving.

+ Ability to multitask.

+ Problem-solving aptitude and creative thinking ability.

+ Ability to establish a good rapport with vendors.

+ Strong negotiation skills.

+ Intermediate to advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office including Word and Excel.

Robert Half is the world’s first and largest specialized talent solutions firm that connects highly qualified job seekers to opportunities at great companies. We offer contract, temporary and permanent placement solutions for finance and accounting, technology, marketing and creative, legal, and administrative and customer support roles.

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