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Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Manager - #8300S

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Job Description: 

Are you ready to dive into a career where your negotiation skills meet your passion for fresh produce? Look no further! SunFed is seeking a dynamic Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Manager to join their team and elevate your career to new heights.

SunFed strives for perfection in all they do. They are dedicated to sourcing the highest quality conventional and organic fruits and vegetables from top growers across the globe. As industry leaders, they pride themselves on delivering premium products to their customers while maximizing profitability every step of the way. As they continue to grow their footprint with the goal of being able to “fill the basket” for their customers year round, they need to expand their purchasing throughout the US and Canada.

In this newly created role, you'll be at the forefront of SunFed’s growth as they look to expand their portfolio of products, both organic and conventional, and ensure ample year-round supply. Utilizing your expertise to procure top-tier produce throughout North America while optimizing costs. From fostering strong vendor relationships to analyzing market trends while working in tandem with their dynamic sales team, your strategic approach will drive their purchasing strategy forward.

Join this team of dedicated individuals who are committed to delivering exceptional produce to customers across North America. At SunFed, you'll embark on a journey where your contributions truly matter in a thriving and evolving industry. Experience a workplace culture that fosters collaboration and champions your innovative ideas. Enjoy a competitive compensation package along with ample opportunities for professional growth.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Strategically place purchase orders with vendors, considering seasonal fluctuations and market dynamics to minimize spoilage and shortages.
  • Source fresh produce both locally and internationally, ensuring a diverse and robust inventory.
  • Collaborate closely with the production team to align buying strategies with company objectives and customer demands.
  • Own the Purchase-to-Pay process, from PO creation to vendor confirmation and payment coordination.
  • Provide valuable market insights to our sales department, enabling informed decision-making and facilitating sales growth.
  • Cultivate strong relationships with vendors and growers to negotiate favorable terms and drive cost savings.
  • Serve as a brand ambassador, representing SunFed with integrity and professionalism in the industry.
  • A proven track record of performance as a produce buyer for at least 7 years with extensive market knowledge and successful experience negotiating with suppliers.
  • Ability to source fresh produce in multiple growing regions year-round.
  • Clear and concise communication skills with bilingual proficiency in English and Spanish.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills with the ability to clearly present information to internal and external contacts.
  • Strong financial analysis skills to develop budgets, cost standards, and performance metrics.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed.
  • Strong software and systems skills including working with data to create complex spreadsheets and presentations.
  • Bachelor's degree in business or a related field preferred.

Our company is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law.

This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination.

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