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Location: Cleveland, OH
Reports to: Plant Manager
Job Level: Experienced (non-supervisory); Exempt
The Procurement Specialist will support business plans and needs around purchasing processes and activities designed to maximize profitability, while streamlining operations throughout the supply chain.
- Develop strong working relationships with suppliers, creating win-win partnerships that include clearly established expectations supporting operational requirements
- Refine purchasing process by leveraging the use of existing systems & tools, while identifying & developing new tools to improve purchasing process flow & control
- Develop and provide training to internal personnel on purchasing processes and protocols
- Lead development of new processes and procedures to improve raw material inventory operations
- Lead and manage contract negotiations, partnering with respective subject matter experts for all key materials; including raw materials and primary and secondary packaging materials
- Regularly review levels or re-order points to ensure inventory carrying costs are optimized against risks of stock outs
- Coordinate deliveries of material to correct locations using dock scheduler
- Generate, manage, track, and close out purchase orders on all purchases for materials within the supply chain.
- Conduct regular audits, cycle counts, and rotations of inventory at all inventory storage locations
- Establish and regularly update minimum order and par level requirements for products to reflect current market and supplier conditions and ensure cost effectiveness across all customers
- Evaluate existing suppliers for effectiveness and efficiency, establish metrics and criteria to recommend potential changes or development of supplier relationships
- Support 3rd party vendor, fulfillment, and warehouse contracts and identify future opportunities to maximize efficiencies
- Other duties and projects as assigned.
Required Skills and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in Business, Operations Management, Supply Chain Management or related field
- Minimum of five years related experience
- Excellent understanding of procurement and all of the key inputs and outputs
- Strong decision making and communication skills
- Ability to organize, prioritize and work in a fast-paced environment
- High level of attention to detail and excellent follow-through
- Proven analytical and problem solving skills
- Proficient with ERP systems
- Computer savvy and proficient with Microsoft Office programs
- Self-motivated individual who works well in a team environment
- Results oriented, with ability to identify and deliver data driven solutions
- Ability to manage multiple tasks while being a self-starter
- Experience in food and beverage industries
- Passion for the craft beer industry
- Understands lean principles with a focus on processes
- Manufacturing operations experience
- Professional certifications in inventory control, supply chain, purchasing or similar from APICS or ISM beneficial
- Certifications such as CPM (Certified Purchasing Manager), CPP (Certified Purchasing Professional), or CPSM (Certified Professional in Supply Management) desired
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