Synergy Flavors, INC.

  • Senior Buyer

    Job Locations US-IL-Wauconda
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(8/9/2018 8:48 AM)
    ID
    2018-1343
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Quality/Compliance/Procurement
  • Overview

    Position Summary:   The Senior Buyer is responsible for all buying activities for their assigned categories and works collaboratively with all Synergy departments, suppliers and transportation providers to ensure a smooth flow of inbound raw materials for production.  Leads strategic sourcing activities for assigned categories.  This individual will have relevant experience in the consumer-packaged goods, food or food ingredient manufacturing industries. Buying categories at Synergy include: Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Oils and similar liquid carriers, Maltodextrin, Dextrose, Starches & Gums and similar dry carriers, Essential Oils, Oleoresins, Sweeteners, Colors, Fruit Juices & Purees, Herbs, Spices & Seasonings, Vanilla, Food Chemicals.  The candidate will have either direct experience or working knowledge of managing categories in these areas.   Packaging experience is a plus but not a focus area of this role. 

    Responsibilities

    Responsibilities of the Senior Buyer:

    • Inventory management, strategic sourcing, planning and project management. Ensures a steady supply of raw materials to meet production needs.  Develops and leads strategic sourcing activities including strategy development, RFI/RFP execution, analysis, negotiations, supplier selection, contracting, implementation, ongoing category management and contractual compliance. 
    • Financial planning & cost management.  Owns financial and cost management metrics for assigned categories. Responsible for Purchase Price Variance (PPV) and meeting budget expectations, productivity targets.
    • Stakeholder support and alignment.  Creates and maintains collaborative relationships internally and externally.
    • Growth initiatives and brand value.  Supports key growth initiatives, supplier capabilities & capacity plans. 
    • Organizational leadership.  Collaborative Team Player viewed as a category expert by stakeholders.
    • Demonstrates corporate responsibility.  Adheres to Policies & Complies with Business Code of Conduct. 

    The Senior Buyer will possess the following skills:

    • Applied knowledge of Strategic Sourcing Process and the ability to execute strategies for assigned categories.
    • Drive for Results with judgment and ability to make effective decisions.
    • Professional maturity with a demonstrated ability to influence, coach and motivate peers.
    • Negotiation Skills to lead and manage complex and difficult negotiations. 
    • Creative problem-solving skills to adjust to changing supply/demand environment.
    • High ethical standards and ability to set that tone with internal stakeholders & vendors.
    • Collaborative and team-oriented leadership
    • Ownership and accountability. Takes pride in his/her contributions to the organization.
    • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills including presentation skills
    • Cross-functional skills to understand and work effectively with peers and all levels within the organization.

    Qualifications

    1. Bachelor's Degree required, APICS and CPM certification preferred
    2. Demonstrated knowledge in Procurement Processes: Strategic Sourcing, Supplier Optimization, Negotiating, Contracting and Commodity Management in the food and beverage industry- minimum of 5+ years
    1. General/Basic Background in Supply Chain
    2. Business & Financial Acumen  
    3. Ability to travel as required, including visiting vendors/growers and other Synergy locations.  Estimated 10% Travel

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