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Purchasing Manager in Aurora at United Natural Foods, Inc.

Date Posted: 6/23/2018

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Job Description


The Purchasing Manager is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the activities of the Purchasing Department. Additional responsible include developing and implementing departmental policies and procedures including change management relating to these procedures. Ensures purchasing functions are completed in accordance with established policies and procedures to maximize efficiency and minimize cost of organization's supply chain. Manages and monitors vendor's performance to ensure they meet company's requirements. Ensures that project and department milestones are met. Has full authority for personnel actions. 



  • Responsible for the development and implementation of effective Purchasing Department policies, procedures, and planning including metrics.
  • Execute established operational goals and ensures that corporate-wide plans are complemented and supported.
  • Responsible for ensuring the efficient and cost effective administration of Purchasing functions.
  • Ensures purchasing problems, errors, or discrepancies are promptly tracked and resolved.
  • Identify patterns in reoccurring issues, identify the root cause, collaborate with internal departments to solve the issue and execute the solution.
  • Effectively supervises Department personnel, ensuring optimal performance.
  • Conduct performance appraisals. Formulate and implement employee corrective actions as needed.
  • Ensures staffing levels are appropriate. Interviews, hires, and assigns personnel.
  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining effective communication and coordination with Company personnel and with management.
  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining effective business relations with vendors, suppliers, and trade professionals.
  • Complete special projects as required.
  • Performs other job duties as required.

Job Requirements



  • Bachelor’s degree in business, materials management, operations management, engineering or related field
  • Lean Six Sigma certification or Project Management certification preferred


  • Experience working with suppliers and/or customers
  • Five years of related work experience, supply chain experience preferredSystem Implementation Preferred
  • Supervisory experience preferred


  • Working knowledge of project management principles and practices
  • High competency level in MS Office applications
  • Knowledge of purchasing and supply chain systems, LEAN principles of planning and MRP/ERP systems preferred
  • Understanding of purchasing policies and procedures


  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Good supervisory abilities
  • Well organized
  • Solid communication and negotiation abilities


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