Senior Procurement Manager

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Job Description: 
Under general supervision from the Vice President of Produce Procurement, the Sr. Produce Procurement Manager is responsible for the supervision of the California Produce Procurement Program. This position helps direct all produce purchasing activities for Sprouts Farmers Market including; product sourcing, program implementation, vendor partner negotiations and oversight, weekly promotional requirements, turn and trend analysis, and adherence to inventory and service level goals.
Essential Job Functions / Responsibilities:
The following represents the core responsibilities of the Sr. Procurement Manager - Produce.
  • Involved in and oversees all produce purchases for the California Warehouse (Colton)
  • Acts as the liaison between the Vice President of Produce Procurement and the procurement staff
  • Helps define and enforce buying practices to meet communicated inventory turns goals
  • Collects and coordinates promotional offerings for all price and item versions
  • Responsible for replenishment of assigned categories and commodities
  • Communicate promotional and seasonal plans and execution strategies to the buying team
  • Coordinates objectives and directions from the Vice President of Produce Procurement
  • Uses historical data and forecasting tools to support future business initiatives.    
  • Reinforces ordering best practices to support service level expectations for all categories  
  • Manages the tracking of vendor performance in the areas of fill rates, rejections, timeliness, etc.
  • Ensures consistency in quality through support of defined product standards and specifications
  • Communicates with various company personnel, vendors and other customers. Responds to issues and concerns in a timely manner
  • Shares department gross margin objectives through influence on timely price change maintenance, inventory position relative to market conditions, adherence to defined product specs, and promotional allowances.
  • Assists in team relations and development including; training, performance evaluations, conflict resolution and discipline in concert with Human Resources Department.
  • Works directly with the Regional Produce Trainers and Store Operations Team in support of market and availability updates, special orders, and general service level reviews
  • Other duties as assigned
Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • Mentors and trains the procurement team around proper techniques of inventory management, vendor negotiations, inventory turns and order planning, communication, systems, and leadership skills.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrates superior leadership, interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. Possess effective time management, presentation, analytical, and problem-solving skills. Must be resourceful and effective at building partnerships in and outside of the company, be able to use all resources to effectively solve problems. Must have strong computer skills (Outlook, Excel, and Word). Be able to multi-task and set priorities, pay attention to detail, have a good understanding of produce best practices, be able to maintain confidentiality, be able to provide and receive constructive feedback, be able to work in a fast pace environment, the ability to work within strict time frames and deadlines, be able to use the standard office equipment and be able to carry out written and verbal instruction. Be committed to providing excellent customer service.
Work Environment:
This position will work in a warehouse/distribution center and will be required to work on a computer and use other standard office equipment. Some sitting for extended periods will be required, extensive phone communication and a lot interaction with warehouse staff and store level personnel. Some travel will be required to and from stores and/or corporate office along with field/grower trips.

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