Buyer / Material Planner

Job Locations US-NJ-Bridgeport
Posted Date 10 months ago(4/20/2017 4:24 PM)
# of Openings
Procurement & Purchasing


Chelten House – The Business  

Chelten House Products, Inc. is a fourth-generation, family-owned, food industry manufacturer, with facilities in New Jersey and Nevada, that is an industry leader known to be the total solution for food companies requiring private label, value-added quality sauces and dressings.  Chelten House is widely recognized for its all natural and organic expertise and our commitment to creating and manufacturing the finest tasting pasta sauces, salad dressings, salsas, ketchups, mustards and host of other sauces and blends.  We continually use the highest standards of Quality and Safety with the sole purpose of serving our customers with products that provide a value.

Chelten House – The People

The Chelten House Team radiates our commitment to our customers, demonstrated in our dedication to high-quality service and to high-level team work.  Every team member contributes to our success with their “can-do" attitude, positive demeanor and their untiring work ethic to get the job done and get the job done well.  We have a passion to be the best and actively demonstrating a genuine consideration for the work that we do, the customers we serve and the co-workers we work with every day.  Our ultimate goal is to be the best business partner for everyone we come in contact with. 


The Buyer/Material Planner is responsible for ingredient purchasing for the plant. This includes and is not limited to long term capacity planning, daily/weekly production schedule extension, as well as developing urgent change plans based on available materials for production at the plant.


  • Review material demand reports and prepare purchase orders
  • Purchase the highest quality merchandise from established supplier list
  • Maintain and review computerized or manual records of items purchased, costs, deliveries, product performance, and inventories
  • Review product specifications, maintaining a working technical knowledge of the goods to be purchased
  • Evaluate and monitor contract performance to ensure compliance with contractual obligations and to determine need for changes
  • Follow-up, expedite, delay or modify these orders as needed based upon inventory levels and scheduling changes
  • Communicate with Vendors any changes, issues, or concerns
  • Handle claims with Vendors for damaged or defective raw materials and packaging in a timely manner
  • Follow orders from purchasing to invoice approval, tracking and documenting the entire process
  • Works across the organization and partners directly with Operations and Quality
  • Develops cost savings scenarios, articulates key decisions and recommendations to Supply Chain Leadership team highlighting service, inventory and cost tradeoffs
  • Analyzes historical and forecasted usage to recommend annual contract volumes and negotiates contracts
  • Owns Slow Moving and Obsolete visibility throughout the entire process, working with the warehouse and quality to identify and execute run out strategies.
  • Leads continuous improvement projects for purchasing.
  • Manages assigned ingredients throughout the entire supply chain and communicates risks or disruptions to Supply Chain leadership team.
  • Manages inventory for ingredients to achieve established targets.
  • Monitors Days Forward Cover and Weeks of Supply levels working together with Logistics to ensure that inventory is available to support production.
  • Works with R&D & Quality, to identify and approve new vendors
  • Prepares for and leads the discussion in the Daily Tactical Meetings for assigned materials


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain, Operations Management, or Business required with related work experience or internships in food manufacturing OR equivalent years of experience
  • Experience in food manufacturing is highly preferred, but will also consider manufacturing experience in other consumer packaged goods industries
  • Excellent communication, facilitation and presentation skills
  • Ability to work effectively and creatively in a fast paced environment
  • Previous experience with MRP systems is preferred
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Detail orientated, organized, reliable, resourceful with a relentless focus on outcomes
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task and prioritize under pressure
  • Solid leadership and communication skills concentrated on data gathering, meeting facilitation and data dissemination
  • Manage buying tasks using Excel, ERP, and reporting
  • Good organizational skills and the ability to prioritize workload
  • Business or Operations experience, with solid quantitative skills


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