Why join Revolution Foods?
Do work that matters supporting the mission of Revolution Foods, which provides healthy meals across the nation! At Revolution Foods we value our employees and provide access to great benefits, pay, and opportunity, including:
- Medical, dental, & vision plan
- Company-paid life insurance coverage
- Company stock options
- Paid vacation and sick time
Details of Position
- This is a Full-Time position
- Location: Boston, MA
- This position is available immediately
The Buyer serves as a primary point of contact at Revolution Foods for sourcing, purchasing, on-time deliveries and as a subject matter expert on goods purchased. Sources the full scope of raw materials, fresh food commodities, ingredients, packaging, film, etc. used in the production of healthy meal solutions. Maintains strong supplier relations and a competitive pricing edge to leverage spend. Is accountable for delivery of services, quality products, cost containment and communicating effectively at all levels. If this is you, apply with us today!
Major Duties and Responsibilities
- Responsible for developing sourcing strategies based on business priorities and needs.
- Works closely with internal and external stakeholders to meet objectives.
- Works closely with planning and production scheduling to ensure that raw ingredients, fresh food, packaging and the components that go into the processing of our products are here on time, at the lowest cost while meeting the high-quality standards expected.
- Actively manages the planning, scheduling, and basic logistics associated with buying fresh foods, raw materials, ingredients, fruits and vegetables, and dairy products for a production environment.
- Responsible for utilizing administrative and business procedures or functions that support the Planning & Purchasing department related functions.
- Responsible for maintaining an awareness of commodity price and availability risk, alerting management and developing sourcing strategies to reduce-moderate such risk.
- Builds and maintains excellent customer relations, acting proactively to resolve potential issues and adapting to ever-changing business environments.
- Monitors supplier improvement plans for serviced accounts. Reinforces quality and on-time delivery standard expectations within agreed price points. Reports shortages, bad or damaged product, and pursues credits.
- Provide information to Marketing, R&D, and Product Supply relative to changes in lead times for color separations/engravings and packaging to ensure optimal availability and service.
- Works in collaboration with the operating management team to ensure a best in class.
- Communicate with R&D product development team to determine ingredient needs for both new and existing items. Be able to collaborate with suppliers to request ingredients that fit specific needs of each project.
- Play integral role on inventory count team, ensuring ERP inventory counts are consistently accurate. Double check MRP numbers and run apple core or other reports.
- May collaborate with QA and Production to document issues, plan supplier visits/ inspections, and gain approval for use. Work with QA team to ensure suppliers provide all required documentation to meet SQF and other agency regulated guidelines.
- Release and create Purchase Orders as needed. Forward to designated personnel—both internal and external. Is responsible for the accuracy of the cost on the PO’s before they are received into Company ERP system.
- Works in a challenging work environment with the opportunity for creativity and personal growth.
- Notify AR, AP, and any other necessary departments of any price changes on item purchases that may impact the costing model and sales. Proactively identifies seasonal and environmental fluctuations in costs when forecasting.
- Schedule pickups/will-call orders with certain vendors and communicate to shipping/receiving department.
- Understands and monitors KPI's, department targets, and the root cause of poor performance. Implement corrective actions to drive results. Responsible to make the right decisions, quickly to achieve plans for the Company in coordination with the team and cross-functional partners.
- Follow all health and safety standards, GMP’s, food safety, FIFO, visual quality and PPE requirements.
- Supports our green waste recycling program, ensuring waste products are properly accounted for.
- May complete a variety of reports, routine office tasks that may include inventory, verifying shipments and receiving documents, typing, preparing reports, completing research, track information and KPI’s, prepare or update excel spread sheets, copying, scanning, etc. Performs other duties as needed.
- 4-5 years of purchasing experience in a continuous improvement environment, preferably in commodity food, ingredients, raw materials, dairy, fresh.
- 3+ years of experience negotiating contract terms and conditions, and managing on-time deliveries.
- Experience purchasing and working with a variety of packaging, trays, containers, film applications, printing, etc.
- Related Degree in Supply Chain, Culinary Arts, or Business is preferred or equivalent work experience that demonstrates a depth of experience, control and compliance knowledge in a food environment.
- Financial Acumen and ability to work within budget constraints.
- Strong knowledge of MS Office, especially a firm understanding of Excel and ERP systems.
- Experience in lean and other continuous improvement initiatives.
- Ability to set priorities and problem-solve, while working under pressure and thrive in a fast-paced environment.
- A metrics-driven mindset with analytical skills.
- Ability to influence suppliers and cost reductions.
- Excellent customer service skills.
- Excellent communication skills, a professional demeanor and interpersonal relationship skills.
- Critical Thinking - Demonstrated ability to determine root cause findings, take corrective actions, and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to work in a cold/ damp environment and stand for extended periods.
- Good computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
Revolution Foods is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We make employment decisions based on merit and the Company’s business needs. In accordance with all applicable laws, the Company prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), gender, marital or registered domestic partnership status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
We are an E-Verify employer where mandated by State or Federal contracts.