The Procurement Manager is responsible for coordinating the purchase and delivery of all needed raw materials on a just-in-time basis to satisfy the daily/weekly demand schedules of the value-added processing plant. This includes ensured that the established raw sourcing plan is optimized to deliver the highest quality and best economics to the facility

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate daily with plant and harvest operations on raw material demand planning and forecasts
  • Proactively seek ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiently of purchasing processes and tools to support the needs of the business
  • Strategically develop and optimize the supplier network to meet supply requirements
  • Develop, monitor and refine KPI’s and metrics for both raw product and sales information
  • Conduct market research and analysis for benchmarking current costs and projecting trends
  • Support new products and packaging through development, trial, commercialization phases
  • Identify supply risks and develop contingency plans to mitigate potential issues. Recommend alternative materials and/or supplies to ensure secure supply
  • Act as an innovation scout for new technologies and sustainable packaging solutions
  • Coordinates with regional departments to ensure consistent quality and smooth flows of product and information
  • Continually identity opportunities for improvement across all commodities and harvesters
  • Oversee negotiation of contract pricing and structured fobs by commodity weekly within given timetables to ensure value, quality, availability, and food safety
  • Manages vendor relations and supplier development with selected vendors 
  • Manages quality control, product rejections and resolves vendor disputes
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Management, Operations, Business or other closely related field
  • 7-10 years relevant operational purchasing experience; experience in purchasing perishable goods preferred
  • Must demonstrate leadership and be familiar with procurement and production processes
  • Demonstrate ability to problem solve efficiently with minimal oversight
  • Must be a self-starter with entrepreneurial spirit
  • Ability to communicate in English and Spanish at a fluent level is highly desired
  • Ability to get along and work effectively with others
  • Valid class “C” California Driver’s license is required
  • This position requires that employees work Monday through Friday, including occasional weekends as needed
  • Ability to travel to various off-site locations to meet with employees, clients and vendors