Inventory Specialist

Buffalo Bayou Brewing

Houston, TX, USA

Full time

Mar 14

Houston’s Most Creative Brewery seeks hop hunter, malt gatherer, fig finder, creative negotiator & train scheduler.

At BuffBrew we are only as good as the quality of our beer and those beers start with the best ingredients. As Inventory Specialist, you will scour the globe to find the right stuff at the right price, and then make sure the goods arrive on time so our Brew Team can get brewing and the schedule keeps moving.

Oftentimes, getting to the right answer is only the first half of the solution; negotiating with vendors and driving internal alignment across all departments requires great communication and interpersonal skills. This role collaborates with folks at all levels of the organization, and the toughest part of the job is knowing when to push the gas and when to pump the brakes.

The Inventory Specialist reports directly to the Controller and collaborates with everyone in the Finance & Operations departments. As such, this role requires someone with the ability to relate to all teammates so they can gather intel from many sources, and distill complex concepts into actionable data that informs decisions across the entire company.

Pro Tip: we are old school and appreciate a good cover letter in addition to thoughtfully written resumes. Tell us what we may not get from quickly scanning your resume, and why you’d be a great fit! The Humans you want to be working with are reading your app, not robots.


Manage the brewery ordering process – place orders, track orders, and schedule deliveries.

Work proactively with the operations team to plan for depletions and to eliminate issues with running out of raw materials.

Work collaboratively with staff and lead warehousing initiatives.

Manage inventory on-site and at off-site warehouses.

Effectively plan, schedule, and conduct inventory cycle counts.

Train and mentor team members on proper inventory processes and procedures.

Review weekly and monthly inventory reports and reconcile discrepancies as needed.

Interface with sales, marketing, and operations teams.

Observe, investigate & research product costing data to inform purchasing decisions.

Execute ordering, tracking, receiving & inventory for items such as hops, malt, and packaging materials.

Effectively communicate with production and warehouse team members, operations management, accounting, and finance teams to resolve inventory count discrepancies.

Verify accuracy of production reporting activities.

Lead communications and negotiations with suppliers.

Manage vendor contracts and ensure adherence to terms and conditions.

Prepare reports educating all managers and directors of market conditions, unit costing and vendor conditions.


College Degree

Min. 3 years of directly relevant experience

Experience in the beverage industry is a plus

Experience with ERP systems

Experience with Netsuite is a plus

High level of data and analytical skills

Experience writing & editing standardized reports

Experience in contract management and negotiations

Ability to operate with minimal supervision

Unflinching integrity

Outstanding communication skills, both written and verbal

Robust personal productivity system

Proficient with core MS Office Products, including MS Excel

Physical Requirements

Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time

Ability to frequently sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and climb.

Ability to frequently lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.

Ability to frequently reach with hands and arms. Use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls.

Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus.

The work environment is that of a brewing and packaging facility

The noise level in the packaging facilities is frequently loud (80+ dB)

The employee handles hazardous materials.

The employee works near moving mechanical parts.


This is a full-time position with the same benefits that all of our employees enjoy, including paid-time off, employer-subsidized health insurance, and a 401k program with company matching.

Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, nationality, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other protected status under controlling federal, state or local laws.

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