Purchasing Manager

Bigelow Tea
Fairfield, Connecticut
Jan 29, 2018
Mar 30, 2018
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time

The Purchasing Manager is a key member of the Supply Chain leadership team and leads a team of four in the procurement of packaging for the company.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Manage all activities of the Purchasing Department, supporting the packaging needs of the Bigelow manufacturing facilities and other corporate procurement requirements.
  • Oversee the procurement process for all packaging materials, ensuring best practices are followed relative to purchasing controls, quality, cost and inventory management.
  • Proactively seek ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of purchasing processes and tools to support the needs of the business.
  • Develop mid and long-term commodity strategies; conduct annual commodity reviews with a cross-functional team including Manufacturing and Quality.
  • Manage long term, strategic supplier relationships.
  • Work with suppliers to drive value for the business by improving cost, quality, and lead times.
  • Key user of LX, Bigelow’s ERP system, ensuring the system is aligned with business processes and maintained accordingly.  Supports team in use of the system.
  • Develop, monitor and refine purchasing KPI’s and metrics.
  • Conduct market research and analysis for benchmarking current costs and projecting trends.
  • Act as process owner for raw material and purchased finished goods inventory policies and practices; establish inventory targets by commodity.  Monitors results.
  • Oversee the implementation of Raw Material and Supplier Qualifications, following the appropriate Quality procedures.
  • Maintain the Purchasing Policy and Procedure Manual.  Coordinate procedures with other department as they relate to cross-functional processes.
  • Support new products and packaging through development, trial and commercialization phases.
  • Identify supply risks and develop contingency plans to mitigate potential issues.  Recommend alternative materials and/or suppliers to ensure secure supply.
  • Act as innovation scout for new technologies and sustainable packaging options.
  • Miscellaneous tasks assigned by senior management of the company as they may occur.

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