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Plant Buyer (Hourly) - Manufacturing Plant Buyer (up to $26 per hour)

Company Name: America's Beverage
Position Type: Employee
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt



Position Summary:

Responsible for buying raw materials, ingredient items, and packaging at the optimum value to maximize profit. Role model and demonstrate the company's core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety of others.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Coordinate, obtain, and evaluate projected finished product requirements, maintain economic inventory levels beyond immediate operational requirements, and maintain a continuity of supply of procured raw materials and packaging at a reasonable cost consistent with quality specifications and operations requirements.
  • Advise management on market and business conditions.
  • Search and develop sources of market information; study, analyze and interpret trends and market movement to generate sound purchasing decisions.
  • Maintain price list and price quotations, to include soliciting and analyzing quotations, resolving invoice discrepancies, and maintaining market pricing and purchasing records.
  • Negotiate short-term contracts, consolidate shipments, expedite and coordinate changes, and control commodity inventory beyond immediate production requirements.
  • Coordinate commodities requirements with Corporate Brands Sourcing and Procurement Category Managers and General Sales Managers.
  • Establish and maintain positive vendor relations, to include evaluating performance, interviewing representatives, reconciling complaints and adjustments, originating communications, visiting vendor facilities, and arranging and participating in meetings between vendor representatives, and plant and company personnel.
  • Conduct annual physical inventory of all central stock.
  • Comply with all federal, state, and local regulatory requirements and procedures.
  • Participate in and actively support all Safety and Reliability initiatives.
  • Schedule all inbound finished product.
  • Balance delivery loads and times while staying within shift limits.
  • Manage inventory at satellite warehouses for regular movement, weekly distributions, sales promotions, and customer request orders.
  • Balance deliveries with shipping requirements at warehouse as well as receiving parameters of each warehouse.
  • Follow established programs, policies and practices to produce safe quality foods that meet regulatory and company requirements.
  • Support the development, implementation, maintenance, and ongoing improvement of the SQF 2000 Systems.
  • Accountable to the Kroger Manufacturing Food Safety and Quality Principles.
  • Supervise and coach direct reports in the performance of their duties; complete performance reviews and provide feedback to direct reports.
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation.

Minimum Position Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • 2 years of prior experience in production operations.
  • Basic knowledge of bakery operations and production processes.
  • Basic math skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to understand complex verbal and written instructions

Desired Previous Job Experience

  • Previous food manufacturing experience.


Education Level: High School Diploma/ GED Required
Required Certifications/Licenses: None
Position Type: Full-Time 
Shift(s): Day; Evening; Overnight

Regions: South


Jobs at Kroger Manufacturing: Through quality products, strong individual commitments and team spirit, Kroger has been established as a leader in the manufacturing industry. Kroger Manufacturing provides career development programs aligned with aspirations in Engineering, Process Management, Information Systems, Quality Assurance, Operations Management, Human Resources, Finance and Procurement. Our work force programs provide technically challenging rotations with cross-functional teams, plants and locations to allow our Associates to learn from some of the brightest minds in the business. Experience and training combined with mentoring and guidance from plant sponsors prepare our Associates with the skills and leadership behaviors needed to achieve a successful career at Kroger.


Company Overview: Kroger Family of Companies employs nearly half a million associates who serve over 11 million customers daily through a seamless shopping experience under a variety of banner names.  At The Kroger Co., we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®.  We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025.  Careers with The Kroger Co. and our family of companies offer competitive wages, flexible schedules, benefits and room for advancement.


 Posting Notes:  TX || Irving || 1331 E. Airport Frway || 75062 || America's Beverage || None || Manufacturing; Procurement || Employee || Non-Exempt || Full-Time || None 

Nearest Major Market: Irving
Nearest Secondary Market: Dallas

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