Director Of Purchasing - Food Manufacturing Chicago, ILOur client is a global INDUSTRY LEADER in the manufacturing of speciality food ingredients sold to food and beverage manufacturers across the globe. Due to recent growth, they are seeking to hire an experienced Purchasing Director to manage and lead their growing purchasing department. The Director of Purchasing will manage the US Procurement Department and work closely with their Corporate Procurement Department located overseas. The Purchasing Director will be responsible for all US expenditures including all raw materials, equipment, ingredients, packaging materials, chemicals, services, capital projects etc. and anything else needed for manufacturing products across multiple plants in the US. This person will report to the Global VP of Purchasing and will directly supervise a handful of Purchasing Managers based in the same location.This person will be responsible for the the budget, purchasing of all materials and services as well as management and leadership of the purchasing team. Prior Food or Ingredient Manufacturing procurement is a MUST!! . Responsibilities:Evaluate available supply channels to increase product value and reduce production costManage Purchasing department and Purchasing ManagersNegotiate contracts with outside vendorsEstablish material and equipment budgetAnalyze and assess demand for production projectsLog and record all invoices and purchasing ordersMonitor inventory and storage of raw materials for manufacturingDevelop and implement purchasing policies and proceduresQualifications:Must have at least a BS/BA degreeMUST have at least 7+ yrs of progressive purchasing LEADERSHIP experience with either a FOOD, BEVERAGE, INGREDIENT or FLAVOR MANUFACTURERMust have strong negotiation skills and key contacts with industry suppliersMust have experience managing other professionalsMust have excellent written and verbal communication skillsMust have strong analytical and critical thinking skillsMust have strong attention to detailIn return, they can offer a competitive salary, bonus potential, excellent benefits, relocation assistance and ample opportunity for advancement.Please send resume to email provided. All information will be kept strictly confidential
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