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Smithfield Plant Purchasing Manager in St. Charles, Illinois

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US-IL-St. Charles

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Responsible for developing supply agreements for inventory or non-inventory materials and supplies. Responsible for ensuring the continuous supply and timely procurement of packaging, ingredients, MRO and other materials. Manages current suppliers and maintains close contact by correspondence and telephone to keep abreast of market and procurement conditions, new technology, and makes recommendations to ensure an uninterrupted flow of materials to the production facility. Takes an active role in Bill of Material reviews, the inventory cycle counting program, inventory rationalization, and warehouse management.

Core Responsibilities

Complex Procurement Methods, Mathematical Models and Cost Reduction Goals

  • Creates and manages purchase orders, invoice discrepancies, and forecasts. Ensures all suppliers have consistent forecast visibility and adequate capacity.

  • Responsible for purchasing packaging supplies and materials and their timely delivery to ensure production schedules are met.

  • Implements mathematical models and utilize ERP tools to establish stock replenishment points, improve customer order fill rates and minimize inventory carrying cost.

  • Meets the production facility’s cost reduction goals by developing and implementing plans that include supply chain for Smithfield to include Production, Transportation, Quality Assurance and Marketing.

    Cost Savings Implementation

  • Manages cost savings implementation at plant location.

  • Influences the adaptation of purchasing programs and supplier adoption.

  • Leads multifunctional department teams to include Operations and Quality Assurance to identify and mutually agreed upon cost savings projects.

    Cost Saving Initiatives

  • Manages cost savings on key commodities based on price negotiations, value improvement, total cost reductions, and inventory management.

  • Evaluates strategic supplier relationships on specific commodities.

  • Develops and directs cost savings projects by challenging supplier pricing, generating value engineering ideas, and creating negotiating strategies. Leads continuous improvement projects by actively simplifying processes and reducing non-value-add administrative activities.

    Supplier Strategic Relationship, Objective Performance and Reduce Costs

  • Implements supplier selection criteria based on strategic relationships to support new product innovation, packaging and ingredients.

  • Leads the sourcing process, including strategy, analysis, RFP development, negotiations and contract review.

  • Makes decisions based on reductions in total cost or supply chain cost or revenue enhancement.


  • Develops and implements supplier relationships.

  • Evaluates existing suppliers and selects new suppliers on plant specific items.

  • Works collaboratively with external/cross functional contacts to ensure supply requirements are being met.

  • Acts as primary liaison between the plants and suppliers and works to resolve supply, quality and cost issues.

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor’s Degree with an emphasis in purchasing, materials management, or agri-business and 5 years' experience; or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

  • Minimum of 2+ years’ experience in a position of leadership to include team development and management, required.

  • Broad knowledge of purchasing processes and supplier relationship management.

  • C.P.M. or APICS certification, preferred.

  • Knowledge of ERP or MRP systems, Microsoft Office Word and Excel.

  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Strong negotiation, planning, organization, and execution skills.

  • Must be able to travel 5% of the time.

  • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.

  • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership and guidance to employees in the Purchasing Department.

  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.

  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and assisting in providing appropriate resolutions.

Work Environment & Physical Demands

The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The majority of the time is spent in an office setting outside of the production plant. The plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.

  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud when in the production area.

  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

  • Frequently required to sit; use hands to reach or feel and talk or hear.

Careers and Benefits

To learn more about Smithfield’s benefits, visit

About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. Our 40,000 U.S. and 15,000 European employees are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly. ® " and have made us one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including many industry firsts, such as our ambitious commitment to cut our carbon impact by 25 percent by 2025. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our neighbors in need. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield ® , Eckrich ® and Nathan's Famous ® , among many others. For more information, visit , and connect with us on Facebook ( , Twitter ( , LinkedIn ( and Instagram ( .

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.

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ID 2021-17370

Job LocationsUS-IL-St. Charles

Category Supply Chain

Type Full-Time

FLSA Status Exempt

Shift 1st Shift