For over 115 years, Gordon Food Service has been delivering the excellence, expertise, and quality products our independent food service customers need to create successful food operations and experiences. We've grown to become the largest, privately held, family-managed food service company in the industry. And we're still growing, providing solutions to new customers in existing geography and expanding into new markets. If you’ve been looking to advance your buyer career, this could be the opportunity for you!
Lead Category Buyer Grand Rapids, Michigan
In this essential role, you will champion the continuous improvement of product cost, quality and service solutions, as you manage and lead the vendor negotiation and cost discovery process for your assigned North American category. You’ll negotiate fully landed product cost solutions, and manage, document and confirm accurate negotiation cost attributes that are implemented in purchase agreement documents and cost system applications for a $1 billion buy. In addition to maintaining and communicating knowledge of product categories, vendors and markets to team members, you’ll lead and coach the category in negotiation skills development.
To qualify, you must be an associate to senior-level procurement professional with strong negotiation experience and at least 6-7 years’ experience that includes strategic procurement buying for various categories and/or commodities. Your resume must showcase strategic negotiations, strategic sourcing and supplier/vendor strategy, as these skills are imperative to the success in the position. A Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain, Business Management, or related field is preferred. Knowledge of supply chain metrics and a deep proficiency in Excel is required. Proven experience in planning and managing annual budgets is desired.
Gordon Food Service offers the security of a multi-billion company and the daily reward of a warm, congenial work environment. Gordon Food provides competitive compensation and a full gamut of employee benefits, including medical, dental and vision coverage, a 401(k) retirement plan, paid vacations and holidays and much more. Last, but not least, ambitious employees will find countless opportunities to advance!
Hungry for the career success you deserve? Then send your resume, where it will be given immediate attention. Please be sure to specify, “Lead Category Buyer – 38601” in the subject line.
Gordon Food Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.