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Buyer in Saint Paul, MN at TreeHouse Foods

Date Posted: 7/11/2018

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Job Description

Employee Type:

Full time


MN St Paul

Job Type:

Supply Chain Procurement

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Job Description:

Position Purpose:  Key Buyer role with responsibility for development of vendor base, transactional execution of some raw commodities and finished goods, vendor development and support of key strategic vendor initiatives for manufacture in Treehouse Snacks business plants. To assist and support major spends as well as other functions on an ad hoc basis.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Sourcing and Procurement, support of key strategic initiatives with goal of learning the Nut and Dried Fruit business to rapidly move into larger spend management role.
  • Project management
  • Strategic and continuity development, planning and delivery

Broader role description

Sourcing / Procurement development.  Manages lower spend categories and key vendor relationships. Provides key development support for strategic vendor development for categories in the Nut and Dried Fruit Commodities. Manages deep category insight and expertise for specific categories through understanding of costs, cost drivers, market, industry and supplier variables. Manages all linkages for individual purchase order transactions, production, scheduling, and inventory management cross functionally. Strategically and proactively interacts with plant production scheduling to develop optimized sourcing requirements for the respective business to include applicable supplier managed inventory (SMI) programs from a TCO perspective.  Manages continuity of supply for key and Nut and Dried Fruit Commodity categories through formal risk mitigation planning.

Project ManagementFacilitates cross group or cross functional teams in association with critical productivity or innovation initiatives for Nut and Dried Fruit Commodities categories.  Builds and maintains strong relationships with key stakeholders within the Treehouse in addition to supplier and industry communities.  Drives performance based outcomes in conjunction with an overall Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) philosophy.  Reports progress, communicates results, and elevates issues if necessary in order to achieve performance outcomes.  Has ownership and accountability for productivity and cash flow monitoring, reporting and delivery.

Strategic Planning/Continuity Planning.  Participates in all aspects of business and financial planning for ingredients for Nuts and Dried Fruit procurement.  Also responsible for the support of strategic planning process that incorporates establishing high level category plans as aligned with business objectives, participation in project teams based upon business objectives, supporting with internal staff and systems as needed, and providing change management guidance and direction for any newly implemented supply base design models.  Keeps business leadership informed of specific supplier progress and metrics, project updates, and future plans.  Builds robust contingency and continuity plans with internal planning and external strategic suppliers to ensure that production needs are fulfilled.

Compliance and Governance.  Supports SOX compliance and alignment, leads audit information reviews and ensures compliance to all related policies and procedures and other Corporate programs such as quality audits, financial due diligence, etc. 

The most significant duties have been included in this description.  This does not preclude the assignment of occasional additional or developmental duties.  The company reserves the right to modify this job description as needed to accurately reflect duties assigned.

Key Competencies

  • Project management experience
  • Proven ability to deliver results in a large organization
  • Experienced change agent
  • Financial acumen


Bachelor's degree required


Basic Skill set required: 

  • Communication, analytical, technical, computer effectiveness, effective negotiation, teamwork and consensus building.
  • Be superior at understanding market dynamics on particular indirect material portfolios and have quick decision making experience to enable strategic positions for large dollar scale categories.
  • Understanding freight and inventory logistics to attain a “lowest landed” cost for plants.
  • Strategic Sourcing steps for key vendor negotiations.
  • Lead and participate in cross functional groups to optimize supplier selection.
  • Supervision

Other Knowledge, Skills & Abilities required:

Specific experience required:

  • MS Office.
  • Project management experience.
  • Procurement in the Food Manufacturing Industry.
  • Excellent verbal, and communication style, and superior negotiation experience.

Physical Activity / Working Conditions 

Office position.  Some travel to meetings, supplier plants and company plants to include plant tours.  Travel could require overnight or multiple overnight stays. This position can be based in our St. Paul, MN or Oak Brook, IL office.

Disability Assistance
TreeHouse Foods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers, including those with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to In your email please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting and a description of the position for which you are applying.

EEO Considerations

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.