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Buyer-IL Lake Zurich

About Kerry


A career with Kerry Taste & Nutrition offers you an opportunity to shape how people across the globe view food and beverage while providing you opportunities to explore and grow as your interests do. With our commitment to a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

What's In It For You:


  • Great Pay/Benefits
  • Opportunity for Growth
  • Sign-on Bonus of $2,000!
  • $1,000 Employee Referral Bonus
  • Supportive team environment


What You'll Do:


  • Oversee and manage all planning activities related to materials management and inventory control in the manufacturing environment. This individual is responsible for the purchase of materials, supplies and equipment as needed based upon specifications established by Kerry quality. Organizes all procurement activities with various departments to satisfy plant needs.
  • Develop safety stock, minimum order quantities, optimal quantities for Raw Materials.
  • Utilize MRP and other SAP tools to identify requirements for order fulfilment, safety stock requirements and new product introductions.
  • Responsible for completion and negotiation of purchase order flow including: order call-off, expediting, PO creation, PO approval process, and communication with vendor.
  • Additionally, maintains purchasing records as required.
  • Manage all SAP dates and master data maintenance to ensure up to date.
  • Purchase at lowest cost consistent with approved quality, procurement and delivery standards.
  • Manage any service issues with vendors.
  • Maintain a list of acceptable vendors and update vendor profile information.
  • Understand raw material purchasing specifications including; kosher certificates, vendor product data sheets, import tariff information, raw material ingredient purchasing specifications.
  • Ensure aged, slow moving, and obsolete inventory action items are addressed timely.
  • Provide analysis and follow-up to ensure all plant Service, Inventory, and other KPI’s are met or exceeded.
  • The above listed duties are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities or duties required. Incumbents will be expected to perform other duties as

What You'll Need:


  • Organizational skills & excellent communication skills are essential.
  • Ability to strive for excellence in all areas; focus on effective internal and external customer-supplier relationships.
  • SAP experience is a plus.
  • Minimum of two years experience as a Buyer.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • APICS Certification preferred though not required.
  • Warehouse environment
  • Ability to work overtime and use a flexible schedule.

Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. EEO is the Law poster can be found here. Additional information can also be here .

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