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Associate Buyer


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Nashville, IL, United States




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Full time



Job Description:

The buyer planner will work closely with the CFO, Procurement manager, and COO, to ingrate forecasts and create a procurement plan for both purchased and produced goods. In addition, the buyer planner will be responsible for procurement of MRO (non inventory goods), and some inventory goods.

The buyer planner will specifically:

Buyer Duties

Spend the first 6 months learning our procurement processes, vendors, and product
Perform as the backup to the Procurement manager for all inventory purchases
Work with Procurement manager to create PO's, determine procurement amounts, and monitor inventory levels
Help with negotiating supplier contracts and service agreements
Take ownership of all capital and non-inventory procurement
Own data entry for all Bills of Material, Item Master and other planning data Planner Duties
After spending 6 months learning procurement, transition 40% of time to the planning function
Monitor monthly sales against forecasts and report major deviations
Participate in quarterly forecasting meetings as the voice of supply chain
Create a monthly production plan based on forecasts and inventory levels, another metrics
Work the CFO and COO to set target levels of inventory for finished goods and components
Communicate Production plans to procurement and production personnel
Help feed procurement and production plans into the yearly budget
Work with the entire supply chain team to head off supply issues before they impact logistics


Four year degree required
5-10 years of experience (In purchasing or supply chain)
Knowledge of the tea and beverage industry a plus
Experience in supply chain planning and procurement required
Willingness for occasional travel
Strong analytical skill set
In depth knowledge of Excel and spreadsheets
Any supply chain or purchasing certifications a strong plus
Self-motivated and high attention to detail