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    Job Locations US-NJ-Bridgeport
    Posted Date 1 month ago(3/19/2018 9:24 AM)
    # of Openings
    Procurement & Purchasing
  • Overview

    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 will support the procurement strategy development and implementation across all manufacturing sites. This individual will ensure quality of materials, competitive pricing and adherence to company policies and procurement processes. This role will be accountable for developing and maintaining a seamless relationship with strategic vendors and oversight for vendor quality programs to meet our standards and specifications.


    • 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.
    • Review material demand reports and prepare purchase orders
    • Develop Strategic Supplier Relationships to jointly drive value beyond cost, leveraging supplier capability to deliver both top and bottom line business benefit.
    • Drive development of ‘Should Cost Models’ for all categories to leverage supplier negotiations
    • Evaluate strategies based on changing market conditions and provide inputs during strategic sourcing activities, including internal and external analysis and negotiations
    • Drive development of cost savings/value add initiatives with suppliers
    • Ensure consistent and accurate cost saving tracking to support the Supply chain targets
    • Support the development and implementation of best practice Procurement work processes across the Procurement organization
    • Ensure quality of materials, competitive pricing, adherence to company policies, Procurement processes and endeavors related to the operation of a proactive and strategic Procurement Business Unit.
    • Ensure a deep understanding of supply markets and cost drivers
    • Coordinate Supply Chain initiatives including working capital management and minimizing obsolescence
    • Thorough understanding of the industry and markets that impact cost, supply and demand
    • Procurement ingredient lead for the new Item commercialization process
    • Responsible for an excess of $60MM of ingredient spend with high complexity to include organic & conventional ingredients
    • Support ingredient category strategies that effectively balance business unit requirements and ensure consistent and quality availability of supply.
    • Administering solid control systems around purchasing and risk management activity.
    • Ensure all contracts are issued timely and accurately.
    • 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
    • Minimum of 3 years of related procurement experience
    • Food manufacturing and ingredient buying experience preferred, but will also consider manufacturing experience in other consumer packaged goods industries
    • Previous experience with MRP systems is preferred
    • Manage buying tasks using Excel, ERP, and reporting
    • Business or Operations experience, with solid quantitative skills
    • Excellent communication, facilitation and presentation skills
    • Builds strong supplier relationships and influences long-term supplier technology and resource allocation
    • Master negotiator, consistently achieves competitive advantage/beneficial outcome in complex negotiations
    • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
    • Ability to work independently, multi-task and prioritize under pressure
    • Solid communication skills concentrated on data gathering, meeting facilitation and data dissemination
    • Good organizational skills and the ability to prioritize workload
    • Demonstrates the ability to create and manage extremely complex relationships
    • Knowledge of purchasing and new industry trends and approaches as well as an understanding of the commodities that impact cost and supply


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