Seeking: Purchasing Manager
Organization: Real Food for Real Kids
Location: East End of Toronto, ON - 115 Saulter Street South (Lakeshore/Carlaw)
Positions Available: 1
Reports to: Director of Supply Chain and Logistics
Direct Reports: Purchasing Coordinators, Material Handlers
Hours: Full Time, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
$60-80K (dependant on experience, certifications and ability to create value on Day 1)
Benefits program including alternative and preventative health treatments
Application Deadline: ongoing
Anticipated Start Date: ASAP
About Real Food for Real Kids:
A multiple award-winning company recognized for excellence and innovation, Real Food for Real Kids (RFRK) is a leading healthy catering company for childcare centres, elementary schools, and camps. RFRK proudly serves delicious meals and snacks to over 19,000 children throughout the Greater Toronto Area every day. Our mission is to enable and inspire a lifetime of healthy eating and to have a great time doing it! Apply today to join a fast-growing company on a world-changing mission.
A glimpse at the role:
The Purchasing Manager ensures that every ingredient and product in our facility fits with our values and food safety requirements. They are also tasked with developing and executing inventory management strategies that will allow for ongoing cost-saving opportunities, inventory optimization, improvements to material flow while minimizing supply chain disruptions to the business.
You’ll be accountable for the Inventory and Warehouse areas of the facility and will make use of best practices and performance metrics to continuously improve supply chain performance. You’ll be expected to successfully lead and guide the daily activities of a team and coach team members for optimal performance.
Some of the things you’ll get paid to do:
Purchasing and Inventory Control
Acquire ingredients and products to meet RFRK’s business objectives, which include reducing food and labour costs, maintaining values, and pleasing clients
Support and assist the Food Planning team in sourcing and procurement
Establish and manage the auditing process to ensure ingredients received in-house are aligned with approved ingredient/product database
Use analytical and quantitative methods to understand, predict and enhance supply chain processes (costs, productivity, demand patterns, etc.)
Establish and utilize best methods (statistical models and tools) in creating purchasing forecasts and respective inventory targets
Attend Trade Shows with goals including but not limited to: receiving discounts, maintaining supplier relationships, connecting with potential new suppliers, and re-thinking possible relationships with existing producers
Ensure that Production scheduling is fully supported by material availability, quality verification, and accurate staging
Maintain optimum inventory levels of materials in order to supply products in a timely manner and in sufficient quantity. Keep a constant check on inventory stock levels to maximize business efficiencies
Readily adapt to a dynamic menu and highly variable, perishable array of ingredients
Act as functional backup to Purchasing Coordinators when they’re absent
Develop and foster strong relationships with suppliers, establishing multiple sources to ensure continuous supply and availability of purchased components
Develop and execute effective supplier evaluation and performance tracking strategy
Negotiate pricing with current and contingency suppliers in order to achieve departmental goals
Resolve material claims with suppliers through enforcement of vendor expectations/root cause investigation process, and applicable contractual stipulations
Ensure that all inbound product ingredients match our established specifications
Responsible for supplier education (changes to relevant RFRK policies, procedures, and allergen and food safety-related protocols
Establish and manage RFRK’s approved vendor and product lists/database (excludes large scale equipment)
Maintain supplier files, purchase prices, price fluctuations and quality records.
Track and report key metrics and Key Performance Indicators including but not limited to: food costs, local and organic content
Plan, organize and supervise Supply Chain team and all daily purchasing and warehouse activities
Collaborate with all departments and key stakeholders on projects that drive the overall mission, vision, and goals of RFRK
Manage, coach, develop and support direct reports
Ensure that departmental resources match current and future business requirements
Support and manage projects as needed in order to achieve department and company priorities
Assist in sourcing of new ingredients for R&D related initiatives
Perform all other related duties as required
Some of the perks:
Put your professional and personal strengths to work in a fast-growing and dynamic company
Have a hand in reshaping the way children, families, and educators eat and perceive food
Help our community embrace real food and foster new healthy eating habits
Taste real food every day in our staff kitchen!
Required Education & Experience:
College diploma or University degree; or an equivalent combination of related experience and education
Supply Chain Management (CSCMP, APICS, MCIPS, ISM) designation or equivalent
5+ years of incrementally responsible purchasing experience
Minimum of 2 years of direct supervisory work experience in a larger scale food production facility
Knowledge of HACCP and Provincial Safety Regulations
Proficiency with the Google suite of office software, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Experience with bid-management; preparing and managing RFIs, RFQs, RFPs
Experience with MRP and/or ERP systems
Skills & Personal Attributes:
Ability to communicate effectively and across multiple departments
Ability to lead, motivate, coach, mentor and resolve employee conflicts
Structured and self-directed approach to project work
Ability to consistently meet targets and deadlines
Excellent organizational skills
Excellent analytical skills and ability to identify and implement process improvements
Ability to think critically, problem-solve, and make effective decisions
Strong command of English language (written and verbal)
Project Management designation
Working knowledge of MS Dynamics NAV
French language skills
To apply, please upload your résumé and cover letter, including salary expectations, explaining why you’d be a great fit for this role! Follow this link to apply: https://rfrk.hiringthing.com/job/109821/purchasing-manager
RFRK is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from diverse backgrounds and communities.
No phone calls, please. We’ll contact applicants that fit the bill and invite them in for an interview.
Thanks for your interest in Real Food for Real Kids!
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Dec 31 1969 ID: 51120