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Reports to: Director of Operations

Department: Operations | Purchasing

Education: B.S. Supply Chain or related field preferred

Driver's License: Valid state license

Location: Henderson, CO

Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm; and available before and after business hours occasionally to assist the logistics team in critical situations

Physical Requirements: Physical ability to walk around the plant, operate routine office equipment, speak and hear via telephone, make presentations

FLSA Status: Exempt


At Birko, we take food safety seriously. Nothing is more important to us than making sure the food chain is secure, safe and pathogen free. The company has over 60 years of service to the food safety industry and manufactures more than 400 concentrated cleaning, sanitation, antimicrobial interventions and process chemical formulations.

Birko’s expertise and innovation in food safety is built on a strong technical foundation and our team of chemists and microbiologists are industry-leading experts. We supply over 60% of the Top 100 U.S. protein companies and 90% of the top 10 U.S. beef processors. Our penetration in the brewery sector is equally strong as evidenced by our many customers who are winners at the Great American Beer Fest! And in produce, our customers span the nation and include companies with household names and trusted products

The Buyer is a purchasing and inventory expert who is the key individual responsible for managing the supply chain of all purchases at Birko, including but not limited to chemicals, packaging, and MRO materials. The primary responsibility is to provide a continuous supply of materials to Production in order to meet demand while maintaining cost-effective inventory levels. This person is a critical tactical Operations Team member. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:  

  • Issues purchase orders for raw materials, packaging and other miscellaneous items needed in manufacturing from vendors  
  • Monitors inventory levels, procurement, receipt, and storage of raw materials
  • Analyzes purchasing reports to identify material requirements and places orders to support customer requirements
  • Maintains accurate vendor pricing in the ERP system  
  • Expedite materials, help facilitate OTD, and ensure accuracy of material delivery dates
  • Occasional interaction outside of business hours with Logistics team
  • Provides input in the preparation of the Vendor Scorecard Program 
  • Assists in the development and evaluation of purchasing RFQs   
  • Champions projects to improve cost, quality, and delivery
  • Develops, implements, new and/or existing systems and procedures in respective area 
  • Serves as corporate liaison in the account management of key suppliers 
  • Develops and reports on departmental KPIs
  • Participates in ISO system maintenance and continuous improvement

Birko is an ISO 9001 Certified company. That means there are Standard Operating Procedures that are inherent to our success as a company. All positions require the following:

  • Maintaining an awareness of and following procedures
  • If procedures fail to result in desired outcome notifying supervisor
  • Being involved in updates to procedures and suggesting improvements

 

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 2-4 years’ experience in bulk raw material purchasing; evaluating market pricing and understanding pricing trends; chemical purchasing preferred
  • BS degree in Supply Chain Management preferred
  • Detail oriented with ability to execute procedures consistently and efficiently.
  • Familiar with Enterprise Resource Planning systems and processes
  • Experience with Microsoft Dynamics NAV a plus
  • Six-Sigma, LEAN, or other manufacturing operations optimization training or certifications a plus
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in diverse teams
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to set priorities taking into account short and long-term needs of the business
  • Ability to manage and perform multiple tasks
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills
  • Ability to walk around plant, climb steps, bend/maneuver, operate common office equipment
  • Valid state driver’s license

 

Please note, Birko conducts pre-employment and random drug screens.  In addition, there will be a pre-employment background check.


Location: Henderson, CO
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