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Regional Lead Category Buyer

Company: Gordon Food Service
Location: Wyoming
Posted on: September 8, 2019

Job Description:

Our Regional Lead Category Buyer is responsible for Managing and leading the vendor negotiation and cost discovery process for regionally sourced products, across the entire GFS North American business

You will be involved in:


* Lead and manage all procurement process activities for assigned North American product category

* Lead project initiatives, beyond product, to ensure efficient \\"procure-to-pay'' cycle

Vision & Planning

* Assist in the development and implementation of the Annual Operating Plan negotiation calendar and corresponding realized savings financial commitments

* Support the planning and execution of strategies resulting in optimal value

* Develop, communicate and execute a regionally based negotiation process

Communication & Relationship Building

* Engaging shareholders to understand business needs, and responsible for developing negotiation strategies to achieve objectives

* Responsible for leading discussions with business owners, leaders, and key decision makers within the supply base to achieve unique, collaborative, yet globally competitive sourcing solutions that differentiate GFS from it's competitors.

* Communicates regional negotiation updates to the North American Category Leader councils; or specific Marketing Directors in the division.

Category & Vendor Management

* Understand and leverage both broadline foodservice distribution and retail market needs to develop and execute best in class sourcing solutions

* Responsible for all phases of regionally based negotiations for defined products, including development of negotiation strategies, tactics, and execution plans to achieve desired outcomes, as well as creation of vendor purchase agreements as necessary

* Lead specific procurement initiatives across the divisions to achieve strategic business needs as assigned, including booking initiatives and regional sourcing strategies

* Ensure that agreement process results in accurate contract implementation as well as non-price considerations throughout the business cycle

* Responsible for analyzing various inputs (ranging from cost, quality, support, service) and execute best value sourcing solutions

* Maintain effective vendor relationships for continuous cost improvement or value creation initiatives

* Critically monitors and analyzes assigned products and related product markets for cost-savings opportunities

* Achieve regionally negotiated savings goals while ensuring mutual ownership of MSC goals

* Source products that meet defined specifications, performance, or functionality

* Counsel and direct vendors toward continuous improvement in performance utilizing the vendor policy manual

* Continually seek to identify and reduce or eliminate process and system costs

Does this sound like you?

* Bachelor's Degree in Business Management, Supply Chain Management, or related field

* Minimum of seven years previous experience, (preferably in the foodservice industry), with procurement, operations, finance, quality assurance or another supply chain discipline.


Proven negotiation abilities and working knowledge of vendor communities * Must have excellent analytical skills and be detail oriented with excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Find out more about our values, culture, and benefits at gfs.com/careers

Be part of it!

Gordon Food Service values our customers and understands that their success is largely dependent upon their workforce. To demonstrate our commitment to our partnership, we will require any candidate who works for a Gordon Food Service customer to provide a letter of support from their management if they are selected for the interview process.

Gordon Food Service is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants and employees will receive consideration for employment, or in terms or conditions of employment, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability. :

If you require a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, please submit your request to talent@gfs.com and use the words \\"Accommodation Request\\" in your subject line. Please keep in mind this method is reserved for individuals who require accommodation due to a disability.

All Gordon Food Service locations are tobacco-free.

Gordon Food Service is a drug-free workplace and drug tests all employees.

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