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Director of Purchasing/Procurement- Fruits & Vegetables in Chicago Metropolitan Area at VisionPRO

Date Posted: 6/29/2018

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Job Description


The Purchasing Director will work within fruit/vegetable sourcing/procurement. It is required that the selected candidate come from a similar food/agriculture background, preferably working with the procurement of fresh, quality produce.
This position is Director-level and will involve hands-on/tactical work, including working with vendors, farmers, manufacturing, production, etc.
The Purchasing Director is responsible for implementing and applying the purchasing/ procurement policy defined by the group within his/her area of responsibility, with respect to objectives on costs, deadlines, and quality.
The Purchasing Director will report to the Site Managing Director, while managing a team of three Buyers.
Responsibilities of this key position include:

  • Preparing and managing the purchasing policy within his/her scope (tariffs, targets, etc.), ensuring alignment with the Regional Purchasing Director
  • Defining the annual budget as aligned with the site financial targets and sales forecast and ensuring alignment with the Regional Purchasing Director;
  • Creating objectives for the Buyers and setting KPIs for the Department, tracking the achievement of purchasing targets, as well defining corrective action plans as required
  • Buying raw materials and building supplier relationships
  • Researching new raw materials and new suppliers
  • Ensuring follow-up on projects
  • Negotiating prices, volumes and deadlines and concluding contracts within the scope of his/her delegated powers and ensuring alignment with the Regional Purchasing Director
  • Ensuring reliable relations with suppliers and monitoring the quality of their services
  • Ensuring regular supply for fruits & vegetables as related to the site production schedule agenda, and avoiding breaks in supply
  • Monitoring respect for quality and regulatory aspects associated with purchases
  • Monitoring respect of legislation during transport, depending on the terms negotiated
  • Verifying compliance of products purchased with the quality (specification sheet) and regulatory standards and gathering the necessary documentation
  • Handling complaints in relation to products purchased
  • Management of three direct reports and monitoring of activities and budgets
  • Sharing purchasing policy directions and individual targets with his/her team
  • Participating in HR processes for his/her team, liaising with local HR and HR Director (recruitment, training, developments, etc.)
  • Monitoring the activity of his/her team and evaluate their objectives and annual performance per individual
  • Monitoring the use of the budget and resources allocated and defining adjustments if necessary
  • Ensuring regular reporting on activities and results to the Regional Purchasing Director


Job Requirements

  • BS or MS Degree in Agricultural / Agro-food
  • 6+ years solid experience as an agro-food purchasing manager
  • Expertise in buying and negotiation techniques
  • Management/Leadership experience
  • Knowledge of agricultural sectors
  • Knowledge of regulations
  • Ability to write specific documents (sets of specifications, reports, calls for bids, etc.)
  • Expertise in budget monitoring
  • Experience in software (ERP) and SRM (Supplier Relationship Management) tools


VisionPRO relentlessly delivers top talent to help our clients excel. We have been trusted for 20 years to align the right talent to the right opportunity, expertly solving unique business challenges. From small businesses to the Fortune 500, our clients appreciate our consultative approach, resourcefulness, and fast response to their individual needs. Our prospective candidates and existing consultants can count on VisionPRO to passionately help them maximize their career choices, while also supporting their growth opportunities. We serve our customers from around the world, helping them with their most critical hiring decisions and project needs.

Job Requirements

It is required that the selected candidate come from a similar food/agriculture background, preferably working with the procurement of fresh, quality produce.
This position is Director-level and will involve hands-on/tactical work, including working with vendors, farmers, manufacturing, production, etc.

BS or MS Degree in Agricultural / Agro-food
6+ years solid experience as an agro-food purchasing manager
Expertise in buying and negotiation techniques
Management/Leadership experience
Knowledge of agricultural sectors
Knowledge of regulations
Ability to write specific documents (sets of specifications, reports, calls for bids, etc.)
Expertise in budget monitoring
Experience in software (ERP) and SRM (Supplier Relationship Management) tools