Purchasing Manager Need in Agawam

My client, Carando Gourmet, Agawam, MA, is looking to hire a Purchasing Manager for their Agawam headquarters.  A well-established, third-generation family business, Carando Gourmet has been preparing exceptional foods for 60+ years.  While their high standards have remained the same, their product line has expanded; in addition to traditional Italian specialties, they offer an assortment of quiches, tortas, pot pieces and classic American comfort foods.


While food industry experience is a plus, other industry experience will be considered.  For anyone who requires relocation assistance, only those with food industry will be eligible for relocation assistance.

This position is responsible for:  seeking reliable vendors of suppliers to provide quality goods at reasonable prices; negotiating prices and contracts; reviewing technical specifications for materials, components, or equipment; determining quantity and timing of deliveries and forecasting upcoming demand.  Specifically, he/she will:
·        Evaluate suppliers based on price, quality, and delivery speed.
·        Interview vendors and visit suppliers’ plants and distribution centers to examine and learn about products, services and prices.
·        Attend trade shows and conferences to learn about new industry trends/make contacts with suppliers.
·        Analyze prices proposals, and other financials to determine reasonable prices.
·        Negotiate contracts on behalf of the company.
·        Work out policies with suppliers, such as when products will be delivered.
·        Meet with staff and vendors to discuss defective or unacceptable goods or services and determine corrective action.
·        Evaluate and monitor contracts to ensure that vendors and suppliers comply with the terms and conditions of the contract and to determine the need for any changes.
·        Maintain and review records of items bought, costs, deliveries, product quality and inventories.

Requirements and Competencies

·        Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office – specifically Word and Excel.
·        Strong computer skills in Great Plains (or similar purchasing software)
·        Minimum 2-3 years’ experience; food industry experience desirable.
·        Excellent communication skills – written, verbal, interpersonal, and listening.
·        Sharp analytical and problem-solving skills.
·        Strong negotiating skills – interfaces with vendors, Planning, Sales, Operations and QA Departments.
·        Initiative – self-starter – energetic with an aggressive attitude.
·        Highly organized.
·        Keen sense of follow-up.
·        Good sense of business acumen.
·        Positive outlook.
·        Takes ownership.
·        Integrity and trustworthy.
·        Not easily discouraged.
·        Strong work ethic.
·        Professional demeanor.

Resumes should be emailed to:  karlahammond@sbcglobal.net; 860-267-2690 (if phone line goes to fax line, please email me)
Karla Hammond

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