Indiana's Local, Employee Owned Food Distributor is currently looking for a Buyer to join their team. The department is expanding and the position could become permanent. This company also offers a full benefits package starting DAY ONE for contract and permanent employees.
Position: Contract (3-4 months but could extend to permanent)
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Shift: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
Benefits: This client offers full benefits starting on Day 1 of the Assignment
Similar Positions: Purchaser, Procurement, Purchasing Buyer
Responsibilities of the Buyer:
Execute purchase orders to maintain proper inventory levels and deliver stated service level goals to customers.
Identify new sources of supply as needs dictate, in order to develop solutions to resolve current out-of-stocks and eliminate potential out-of-stocks through transfers or by expediting future deliveries.
Manage inventory investment to attain inventory days of supply targets.
Conduct order analysis to attain the best product net cost possible and maximize efficiency throughout the supply chain.
Proactively communicate and partner with vendors to improve lead times, on-time delivery of products, and vendor fill rates.
Communicate vendor and/or pricing issues to Sourcing Buyers and partner to resolve issues.
Proactively partner with the transportation department to identify opportunities to reduce freight costs.
Review and analyze daily and weekly reports to check service levels and inventory turns; make adjustments as needed.
Evaluate forward buys, based on cost increases and/or market fluctuations to ensure in-stock items and to leverage favorable market pricing
Handles invoice resolutions and pricing discrepancies.
Work closely with the Sales Team to provide support and ensure superb communication.
Maintain awareness of market trends, technology, and food safety.
Requirements for the Buyer:
Associate degree; or equivalent from a two-year college or technical school; or six months or more related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Familiarity with procurement, logistics and inventory management practices
Possess analytical, problem solving, planning, and organization skills with strong attention to detail
Written and verbal communication skills as well as interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective business relationships within and outside the company
Statistical skills are a plus
Strong Microsoft Excel skills, Microsoft Office skills a plus
Able to prioritize and work with a sense of persistence and urgency
Ability to anticipate and solve problems; make sound decisions by using available resources and market information