Purchasing Manager

Deschutes Brewery


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The Purchasing Manager will be responsible for leading the Company's purchasing function by securing suppliers that meet or exceed service, delivery, and quality standards with the best overall value. S/he will take a proactive approach in reviewing current systems and procedures, making recommendations and implementing changes.

What you'll be doing:

  • Develop strong partnerships with internal customers to understand material and equipment specifications as well as their quality, delivery, and service needs.
  • Develop and implement purchasing strategies, policies and procedures to provide a lean and agile supply chain that optimizes operational efficiency, inventory and stock turns.
  • Proactively improve the purchasing, receiving, internal control, supplier selection and supplier development processes.
  • Manage supplier performance and create action plans to address those that underperform.
  • Collaborate with department and business unit managers to establish inventory safety stock levels, reorder amounts and lead times for all materials, POS and supplies.
  • Negotiate contracts and purchase orders for price, term of agreement, service requirements, payment terms, guarantees, training needs and other items as appropriate.
  • Establish, build and maintain relationships with all key suppliers.
  • Review and resolve any discrepancies with supplier in voices, grievances, claims, conflicts, product non-conformance or quality issues.
  • Develop and maintain a supplier evaluation process and supply risk assessment.
  • Provide material and supplies projections to key suppliers to ensure product availability on a timely basis.
  • Evaluate all purchase orders to ensure that order quantities are the most cost effective possible for material and freight costs.
  • Arrange supplier meetings with appropriate Deschutes personnel to review and resolve any problems or issues as needed.
  • Perform economic analysis including economic order quantity analysis, value of terms, inventory carrying cost analysis

What you need for this Position:

  • Bachelor's degree in Business administration, purchasing, management, accounting or finance with minimum of three years of related procurement experience
  • Ability to run computerized inventory system
  • Strong knowledge of PC hardware and understanding and use of Windows Operating System and Microsoft Office
  • Strong, proven negotiating skills
  • Exceptional organization skills
  • Experience with ERP/MRP systems
  • Experience coordinating, managing and resolving supplier quality concerns in a timely and effective manner with long-term results
  • Ability to work with all levels of management, vendors, and customers
  • Ability to deal professionally in all situations (vendor, customer, team, department, and company)
  • Ability to display excellent business judgment skills
  • Ability to work under constraints to produce positive results
  • Detail oriented with proven follow-up skills
  • Skilled in planning, organizing, and managing multiple projects
  • Ability to analyze, conceptualize, interpret, and manipulate data
  • Positive and professional attitude with the ability to work in a team environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication (ability to interpret, identify, and restate company needs, present solutions, and provide information)
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to conduct in-depth product research
  • Ability to monitor a large number of contracts and agreements
  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills requiring the ability to resolve conflicting interests with the goal of obtaining cooperation
  • Must be able to read documents and perform detailed work
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