Regional Purchasing Manager

SUMMARY:

The Purchasing Manager will play a significant role by managing and overseeing the Purchasing activity within all Canadian Divisions. Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, inventory management, driving efficiencies and improvements and ensuring accuracy in data. The Purchasing Manager will work closely with all aspects of the business, including Logistics, Operations, Sales, and Finance through cross-functional collaboration of all aspects of the business

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Functional:

  • Support the development and implementation of Inventory strategies to support a balance of Service Level, Days on Hand and Waste Control for a portfolio of stock and special order items
  • Manage and maintain the entire Purchase-to-Pay process, covering:
  • PO Creation
  • Vendor Confirmation
  • Accurate expected delivery date updates
  • PO Accuracy to ensure timely Accounts Payable activity
  • Collaborate with Category Management and Logistics to develop Purchasing Plans to ensure the most profitable methods of acquiring goods. This includes Direct Supplier Purchasing, Imports and Transfers between facilities
  • Support ongoing Data Cleanup activities to ensure data integrity throughout all Purchasing Systems.
  • Build and maintain vendor relationships to not only support PO fulfillment, but also negotiate volume discounts and price breaks wherever possible
  • Be a key driver of Inventory Strategies to increase service while reducing overhead and unnecessary activities
  • Manage Fusion system issues with IT that impact Purchasing and Receiving
  • Maintain BFC dating system to minimize close dated issues and Expired product impact
  • Manage Team of Buyers across multiple locations
  • Provide Leadership and Mentoring support to Daily Activities, Initiatives and Projects

REQUIREMENTS

  • Education and/or Experience:
  • 5+ years buying experience with a focus on food distribution
  • 2 years Supervisory Responsibility in a Buying capacity
  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited four-year college or university preferred
  • Previous food service distribution and/or food importing experience strongly preferred
  • Computer skills (JDE (preferred), , Microsoft Suite – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. (required))
  • Competencies and/or Attributes:
  • Must be a team player with a positive attitude
  • Excellent verbal/written communication skills
  • Advanced Level of technology proficiency (Excel and all Office Suite Programs)
  • Self-starter, professional, goal oriented and able to handle multiple tasks
  • Must have a sense of urgency and be able to work under pressure, be comfortable in a fast-paced, metrics-driven environment
  • Flexible with the ability to work well with all departments and levels of staff both internally & externally
  • Professional demeanor during all interactions with vendors, customers and fellow employees via phone or in-person
  • Have a drive to advance within the organization

About THE CHEFS’ WAREHOUSE

The Chefs’ Warehouse is a specialty food distributor that began sourcing products for high-end chefs over 30 years ago. With locations in New York City, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Portland, Miami, Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver and more. The Chefs’ Warehouse serves the finest restaurants, country clubs, hotels, caterers, culinary schools and specialty food stores around the country. We define specialty food products as gourmet foods and ingredients that are of the highest grade, quality or style as measured by their uniqueness, exotic origin or particular processing method. Our product portfolio consists of imported and domestic specialty food products, such as artisan charcuterie, specialty cheeses, oils and vinegars, hormone-free protein, truffles, caviar and chocolate.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent