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Buyer I in Aurora at United Natural Foods, Inc.

Date Posted: 6/14/2018

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Job Description

POSITION PURPOSE:   

Responsible for reviewing and coordinating complex, one-time, and simple multi-term purchase requests in accordance with company policies. Independently handles projects up to a designated dollar figure. This position serves as a liaison between vendors and internal departments related to procurement functions. 

EEO / VETERANS / DISABLED

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND BASIC DUTIES:   

  • Reviews, approves, and processes purchasing requests such as purchase requisitions and purchase orders for goods or services to ensure compliance with the company’s purchasing procedures and user requirements.
  • Provides liaison services between vendors and departments for order status, procurement procedures, and problem resolution; researches sources of supply; advises on cost effective alternatives.
  • Reviews and evaluates contracts and purchase orders, negotiates change orders, and determines sole source validity.
  • Responsible for ensuring targeted fill rates/service levels are achieved for our customers.
  • Responsible for ensuring targeted metrics for Shrink, Book to Average and Aged inventories are achieved.
  • Responsible for cost accuracy on purchase orders and invoice discrepancies.
  • Responsible for ensuring targeted metrics for Shrink, Book to Average and Aged inventories are achieved.
  • Responsible for cost accuracy on purchase orders and invoice discrepancies.
  • Maintains data information, files, reports, price lists on assigned commodities; negotiates prices and terms.
  • Maintains records in accordance with established policies and procedures and audit guidelines.
  • Participates in company sponsored trade shows, attends purchasing meetings and seminars related to purchasing.
  • May expedite shipping and deliveries, maintain inventories, and monitor usage inconsistencies, price changes, and vendor back orders
  • May validate, reconcile, and process receiving reports, vendor invoices, and other payment documents.
  • Completes special projects as assigned.
  • May negotiate pricing and payment terms.

Job Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS 

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field preferred and/or equivalent related experience and training. 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE:

  • Knowledge of vendor sources, products and purchasing procedures.
  • Knowledge of electronic order systems such as Manhattan IO or E3
  • Knowledge of contract law helpful.
  • Knowledge of cost analysis techniques. 

EXPERIENCED REQUIRED: 

  • Three (3) or more years of experience that is directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. 

SKILLS/ABILITIES:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to evaluate procurement bids in accordance with established criteria.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart confidential information.
  • Ability to prepare bids, requests for quotes, and proposals in compliance with company policies.
  • Ability to document work in progress.
  • Ability to resolve customer complaints and concerns.
  • Ability to complete moderately complex administrative paperwork.
  • Negotiating skills.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Ability to investigate and analyze information and to draw conclusions.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office with strong Excel & Word skills.


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