Associate Buyer

Wichita, KS
May 02, 2017
May 15, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Associate Buyer-WIC03600 Working at Cargill is an opportunity to thrive—a place to develop your career to the fullest while engaging in meaningful work that makes a positive impact around the globe. You will be proud to work for a company with a strong history of ethics and a purpose of nourishing people. We offer a diverse, supportive environment where you will grow personally and professionally as you learn from some of the most talented people in your field. With 150 years of experience Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. We have 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work. Learn more at


Position Purpose

The primary function of this position is to manage the timely and cost-effective procurement of direct and indirect materials and services for Procurement Center locations. These activities include but are not limited to; supporting the strategic procurement process, execution of national, regional, and/or local agreements to include team-based bid processes, negotiations, supplier selection/development, and contract management.

Within an assigned procurement region, this position is responsible for managing and defining the procurement process of necessary maintenance and repair contracts and agreements in a timely, economical, and efficient manner in order to meet manufacturing goals. Goals are met by implementing and maintaining effective relationships with current suppliers as well as developing new supply sources within their designated area. The Associate Buyer will coordinate activities with procurement, logistics, plant management, operations and maintenance, and accounting personnel to meet supply and demand goals.

Principal Accountabilities

50% Inform & implement sourcing strategies

  • Accountable for achieving individual tactical sourcing targets and goals
  • Coordinate day to day activities related to alignment and implementation of strategic sourcing activities.
  • Establish and maintain on-going tracking metrics at the local level.
  • Provide leadership in driving projects to support a culture of innovation and continuous improvement
  • Focus on development of projects to promote workforce productivity and customer centricity
  • Identify and support continuous improvement project opportunities
20% Manage/execute procurement transaction processes
  • Ensure requests are processed for procurement of materials/goods, services and/or supplies for local use from various plant/location staff or a procurement/inventory management system (e.g. SAP) for nondiscretionary, contracted spend, such as stock replenishment or planned spend.
  • Use discretion to procure requests for new materials/goods, services and/or supplies for local use from existing supplier contracts and within established, moderate dollar limits.
  • Delegate administrative duties to support staff as appropriate (e.g. processing procurement requests and preparing purchase orders, scheduling/expediting/confirming delivery, coordinating return of rejected items etc.).
  • Identify short to medium-term supply chain issues and works with plant/location staff to define and implement solutions.
20% Provide procurement support & planning
  • With oversight from the Sr. Procurement Supervisor, work with plant/location staff to gather information and apply a general understanding of plant operations to provide general forecasting of short to medium term supply needs and ensure purchasing plan is aligned.
  • Conduct research and analysis (e.g. internal/external data from traditional and non-traditional/non-structured data sources) requiring a basic understanding of operations and business requirements(e.g. marketing projections for existing products, production plans etc.) as well as sourcing environment (e.g. suppliers, cost drivers, market risk).
  • Act as subject matter expert on multi-functional, local project teams.
10% Manage supplier events & relationships
  • In coordination with the Sr. Procurement Supervisor, select suppliers for procurement of non-contracted materials/goods, services and/or supplies which are considered non-leveraged, local spend (as defined by Strategic Sourcing policies) within established dollar limits, including:
  • Gathering and performing basic analysis of internal spend data
  • Gathering specifications/requirements from internal stakeholders
  • Researching unique and alternative supplier options
  • Collecting supplier bids and performing basic analysis of results
  • Negotiating less complex contract terms and conditions
  • Responsibility for relationship management for local suppliers with oversight from the Sr. Procurement Supervisor or Strategic Sourcing BSST. Some discretion to develop and leverage existing local supplier partnerships.
  • Works with applicable plant/location staff to research and resolve less complex supplier issues; escalates significant issues to Sr. Procurement Supervisor or and/or Strategic Sourcing organization as appropriate.
This position is posted internally as well as externally


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree preferably in Supply Chain, Business, Finance or related degree program and 1 years of related work experience OR 5 years of procurement experience.
  • Proficient skills using the Microsoft Suite -Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to think strategically and build relationships with internal and external customers
  • Strong communication (written and verbal) and presentation skills
  • Proven business and financial acumen
Preferred Qualifications
  • SAP Systems knowledge
  • Manufacturing or Logistics experience
  • Category management experience (Logistics, Ingredients, Packaging, etc.)
  • Experience negotiating with suppliers
  • Comprehensive knowledge of advanced principles, concepts and practices in following areas: procurement, computer based inventory systems and manufacturing operations
Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Strategic Sourcing & Procurement

Primary Location US-KS-Wichita

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job