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Senior Purchasing Agent

Ref ID: REF1148D
Department: Sourcing
Location: Livingston, CA
Employment Type: Full-time
Shift: Day

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Company Description

Foster Farms has been a family-owned and operated company for four generations. Since our founding days back in 1939, we have always been committed to providing consumers with the highest-quality, best-tasting poultry products available. The hope is that our commitment to excellence, honesty, quality, service, and our people will shine through in everything we do.

We are always looking for talented individuals to join the Foster Farms team. We offer the experience of a large organization, but operate like a family business. More than half of our job openings are filled by internal promotion, and we encourage employees to gain a variety of experiences across different functional groups.

Job Description

Purpose of position:
Will manage the purchase and delivery of goods and services needed by the business in an efficient and cost effective manner and provide detailed knowledge of the assigned spend and process and develop the appropriate supply base in conjunction with Sourcing Managers and Internal Customers. Drive business values by analyzing spend, identifying areas of opportunity, reporting to the business, and leading projects that deliver improvement and achievement of Sourcing Objectives. Will support Sourcing Managers, when appropriate, providing additional expertise for strategy, negotiation, and purchase of all materials. Competitively bid purchases, to identify and deliver cost reduction as well as contribute to process efficiency. Required to establish and maintain purchase information in SAP for Accounts Payable and Purchasing, consistent with company goals and specifications for quality and timeliness. Will be a key team member in providing input to drive lowest total cost and continuous improvement while ensuring supply continuity and drive total value.

Essential Job Functions:

Support Sourcing Managers with workload, capable of supporting all buy spaces with data, cost analysis, strategy, negotiation, project implementation and/or purchasing develop sources, prepare RFPs and solicit bids, negotiate pricing, commit Company to procurement of packaging materials in support of assigned spend, sourcing objectives, priorities, and manage vendor relationships.

Interface with Marketing, IT, R&D, Accounting, and Operations in support of Company projects that drive improvement with consideration to priority; developing standardized tools in order to measure, communicate, and track progress and priority.

Support Sourcing Managers in the preparation and tracking of sourcing objectives, support special projects and development of new initiatives, cross-functional team building, monitoring and development of standardized policies and procedures

Maintain contracts, reports, information, or source lists; provide guidance on planning to purchasing clerks.

Additional Functions:

Provide training and leadership to newer members of department

Other duties as assigned


Bachelor’s Degree, plus three-five year’s experience in Sourcing, Engineering, or Business in a manufacturing environment

Competent with purchasing strategy, negotiation, and portfolio management

Strong Analytical and problem solving skills:

Demonstrated ability to solve problems and deliver results

Advanced Knowledgeable of Microsoft Office, especially Excel (or equivalent). Access (or equivalent) a plus

Demonstrated ability to manage data and complete mass data analysis

Ability to lead teams and communicate with impact; clear and concise

MBA preferred

Ability to move up 2 levels within the organization.

Experience with mainframe computerized purchasing and MRP systems, preferably SAP background.

6-sigma or Lean training

Ability to manage projects to closure, work effectively in a team environment and contribute to the success of the group.

Ability to sit for long periods of time

Consistent and reliable attendance

Ability to work in fast paced, high pressure situations

Reliable transportation in order to attend off-site meetings

Ability to travel periodically


Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Foster Farms is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities, Females, Veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Foster Farms participates in E-Verify during the hire process at all locations for all new employees.