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Senior Buyer

Company: Wente Vineyards
Location: Livermore
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

Position Summary

The Sr. Buyer will be responsible for daily purchasing and inventory functions including creating, managing, and directing purchase orders, as well as finding, developing & maintaining key relationships with suppliers. This team is often the liaise between Brand Managers, Supply Chain Management, and our suppliers-- effective communication is key. The Sr. Buyer will engage in team meetings to communicate and be able to lead on company initiatives, status, and execution. A successful candidate for this position will have excellent time management, and outstanding problem solving.

All Wente Family Estates Employees:

At WFE, employee performance is measured through the results delivered, as well as your behavior and how results are obtained. Consistent demonstration of our WFE RISE Values (Respect, Integrity, Sustainability & Excellence) are an expectation of all members of our team. With these in mind, the Purchasing team aims to create value throughout our supply chain, following the Procurement Principles of Satisfying the Customer, Sourcing Better Deals, and embracing a Continuous Improvement mindset. As a member of our team, it is an expectation that you will improve the work, which supports the innovation and development of the whole organization.

Essential Functions

  • Ability to drive key initiatives that align with the departmental and/or company goals.
  • Facilitate and lead continuous improvement efforts
  • Participate and lead Root Cause Analysis investigations
  • Negotiate and develop supplier agreements, and ensure terms are met, including delivery, price, quality
  • Supplier Relationship Management (qualification, performance, capabilities, etc.)
  • Create and update Source Control Documents and develop SOPs & OWIs as needed
  • Lead & Document cost reduction and/or quality enhancement activities
  • Ability to work professionally with internal customers and external suppliers
  • Assist with New Product Introduction & SKU rationalization efforts
  • Facilitate processing of invoices in automated AP system
  • Provide Mentorship/Coaching to the Jr. Buyer
  • Maintain ethical standards when working with external suppliers
  • Support economic sustainability by staying within budget
  • Support environmental sustainability when purchasing from suppliers

Physical Demands/Qualifications

  • Must be able to ascend/descend ladders and stairs
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Requires the ability to remain in a stationary position for long periods of time throughout the workday
  • Manual dexterity and the ability to operate a computer for long periods of time without experiencing abnormal hand, wrist, or eye strain
  • Must have good communication skills in person, on the telephone, and mobile phone
  • Must have coordination sufficient to operate various office machines

Non-Physical Demands/Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in relevant field with 2 years of experience in Supply Chain, or 5+ years of Purchasing experience
  • APICS/CPSM certification or equivalent preferred
  • Previous buying experience in the Wine and Spirits or CPG preferred
  • Possess superior analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Successfully able to establish priorities and clarify expectations with customers & suppliers in verbal or written form
  • Ability to successfully support a team: foster teamwork, share responsibilities, take initiative, and maintain open communication
  • Ability to write presentations and present information effectively to top management, public groups, and suppliers
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, margins, and percentages.
  • High level of communication and interpersonal skills which are necessary to interact with management, employees, and guests in a positive and professional manner
  • Highly organized and detailed oriented
  • Excellent knowledge of Office 356, including Excel, Word, Outlook, and Teams
  • ERP Experience, preferably Oracle/JD Edwards
  • Knowledge of Procure to Pay process
  • Project Management Experience a plus

Sustainability Values statement:

Supports economic, social equity and ecological sustainability in relation to capturing voice of the customer and translating it to actionable improvements in process.

Keywords: Wente Vineyards, Livermore , Senior Buyer, Other , Livermore, California

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