Purchasing Director

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Job Description: 

We are a family owned distributor of the freshest and highest quality products available.  We carry over 70 different products including fresh herbs, fruits, Asian, Tropical and Mexican Specialties.  As a family owned company, we believe that our employees, customers and suppliers should be treated as members of one big family, with respect and honesty.

We are looking for a qualified Purchasing Director to join our team. In Bronx, NY.

Responsibilities & Duties: 
  • Ensure Company’s profitability through purchasing strategies that continuously improves direct and indirect costs of merchandise.
  • Managing and mentoring the buying team
  • Establishing and maintaining measurables performance metrics for all levels of procurement activities to include but not limited to supplier performance, supplier quality, internal order placement performance, buyer activities level, financial (A/P) performance, and product shortage elimination
  • Negotiate and execute purchase orders or vendor contracts as needed to support the critical business needs including service vendors.
  • Identify key cost drivers to determine improvement opportunities and maximize savings following supply chain methodologies
  • Develop annual strategy and budgets for the department
  • Oversees product coordination between sales department, production department, and purchasing related units.
  • Responsible for monitoring inventory levels and keeping a safety stock
  • Reviews market analysis to determine customer needs, prices, and new product opportunities.
  • Researches and develops relationships with new and existing suppliers and growers while strategically develops and optimizes our supplier network world-wide.
  • Working with operations / QC to ensure product quality and credits needed with vendors/growers.).
  • Independently solve problems and make decisions for strategic execution and tactical issues within the relevant portfolio of projects and or processes.
  • Provide day to day oversight with a ‘hands on’ execution role.
  • Follows company’s policies on vendor compliance and assist Food Safety department throughout the process.
  • Enforces Purchasing policies and develops new ones if needed
  • Other duties assigned as necessary; responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or related field.
  • Minimum 3-5 years of related industry experience
  • Minimum 4-7 years of experience in Procurement
  • Strong organizational, analytical and negotiation skills
  • Problem-solver who can multi-task and pay attention to detail
  • Above-average math skills and be able to work independently, with little or no supervision
  • Development of financial analysis skills
  • Bi-lingual English/Spanish preferred.
  • Knowledge of Produce Pro (not required) and MS Office (MS Excel in particular)
  • Contributing to Team Success: Associate participates as a member of a Team to help the Team accomplish its goals.
  • Sets high standards of performance for self; assuming responsibility and accountability for the successful completion of assignments or tasks; self-imposing standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.

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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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