The Associate Buyer is responsible for complying with company purchasing policies and procedures, and maintaining supply inventory levels required for effective company operation. The Associate Buyer will also be involved with conducting regular price comparisons to ensure that the company is always getting the best price for each product that is purchased. In this role, the Associate Buyer will be performing a variety of duties, including providing administrative support to Purchasing team. This position will be set in a fast-paced environment and will require professionalism, accuracy, time management, and flexibility.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Develop rapport and maintain strong working relationships with company supply base
Maintain target inventory levels and determine purchasing needs based on weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual requirements
Completing and maintaining purchase orders for raw goods, materials, and supplies
Compare product deliveries with issued purchase orders and resolve discrepancies
Coordinating returns for credit of damaged or out of spec materials
Stay current with industry trends and establish long-term purchasing arrangements with suppliers when it is beneficial to the company
Work directly with suppliers to gather information for negotiating price
Compare supplier offers for shipping rates and material prices, and maintain supplier contract records
Develop and maintain programs with users to support consumable purchases for office and plant
Become knowledgeable about the company purchasing policies and procedures
Become knowledgeable about the laws and regulations for procured product and services of the company
Provide general administrative support to the purchasing department
Perform other duties and projects as assigned
Associates or a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 2+ years of Procurement experience required or work experience in Supply Chain and preferably in a Consumer Product Goods environment.
Must have excellent organization skills, communication skills and ability to work with suppliers in a cross functional environment.
Should have good negotiation skills to evaluate and negotiate vendor service.
Computer skills (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint) required and familiarity of ERP systems with Oracle/SAP being a plus.
Knowledge of importing supplies from Europe is a PLUS, as is knowledge of Import/Export regulations.
Understanding of the overall industrial and supply chain complexity and links.
Ability to establish professional and good working relationships with suppliers and internal customers.
Performance Expectations: Confidentiality, quality, accuracy, timeliness, reliability, and thoroughness of work performed; ability to gain the trust and respect of management, employees and vendors; maintain the integrity of confidential business and product information; ability to communicate effectively and develop good working relationships with other employees and vendors; ability to work with and through others is essential to accomplish goals and objectives of the Company.
Excellent Benefits available on Date of Hire:
Health, Dental and Vision Insurance with Flexible Spending Account
Company Paid Life Insurance, Short Term Disability and Long Term Disability Insurance
401k Retirement Plan with Company Match – (eligibility is after 30 days of employment)
Paid Holidays & Vacation
Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave
Paid Training Opportunities
Excellent Bonus Program
About Ornua Ingredients North America
COMPANY BACKGROUNDOrnua is Ireland’s largest exporter of Irish dairy exporting to over 110 countries with annualised sales of over €2 billion.Operating from 19 subsidiaries worldwide and employing over 2,300 staff, Ornua has sales and marketing teams working in-market across all four corners of the globe from Algiers to Beijing to Lagos and LA.The business is structured across two core platforms: Ornua Foods and Ornua Ingredients.Ornua Foods owns the iconic Kerrygold brand.Ornua Ingredients supplies superior quality dairy ingredients to leading global food manufacturers from some of the world’s most technically advanced manufacturing and prepacking facilities located in the United States and around the world.Ornua Ingredients North American headquartered in Hilbert, Wisconsin, provides functional cheese solutions for US food ingredients and foodservice customers, this business has seen significant growth in its business volumes and profits over the last number of years. The business consists of two manufacturing facilities, Hilbert Wisconsin and Byron Minnesota.Ornua Ingredients North America custom formulates and manufactures a complete line of pasteurized process cheese products.