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Buyer - Direct

Position Purpose

Acting on own initiative, this position is responsible for planning and procurement of materials, equipment, and services for the direct commodity categories. Ensures maintenance of all sourcing records, pricing, receivable/invoicing, supplier relationship, NPD project support, TILT cadence and metrics.

Essential Duties

  • Purchase specified materials and services at optimum prices, terms, conditions, and quality.
  • Responsible for ordering effective quantities of materials to obtain best pricing and communicating re-order purchasing efficiencies.
  • Assist Category Managers in strategic sourcing events, supplier rationalization and consolidation efforts.
  • Keep abreast of all pricing changes, sources, cost drivers, market conditions, availability, and lead times of materials assigned to purchase.
  • Understand and administer contracts terms and conditions for assigned materials and services.
  • Promptly review, follow up, and expedite delivery of orders; arrange shipment of returned items, and clear invoicing problems as needed.
  • Develop and maintain good supplier relationships to support the company's cost controls and asset utilization.
  • Work with QC and Accounting to track supplier performance.
  • Support A/P with invoice discrepancy resolution
  • Responsible for managing multiple suppliers for like materials.
  • Negotiate the creation of purchase orders, blanket purchase orders, and long-term purchase contracts and master service agreements as appropriate
  • Forecast and procure all materials, supplies, equipment, ingredients/chemicals, services, and other items necessary for the business.
  • Receive competitive bids, analyze and provide recommendation for procurement
  • Purchase materials and services for other department and/or divisions as directed by the department manager.
  • Assist with project implementation function, co-packer relationship, and special projects as assigned.

Non-Essential Duties

  • Builds strong relationships with other functional areas to recommend and implement solutions to supply issues and opportunities.
  • Demonstrates sound business ethics; shows consistency among principles, values, and behavior; builds trust with others through own authenticity and follows-through on commitments; drive results and success; conveys a sense of urgency
  • Manages pricing and spending while identifying opportunities for savings.

*Other duties may be assigned

Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience

  • AA or AS degree in Supply Chain, Accounting or Business, or equivalent experience
  • 3-5 years’ experience in purchasing, procurement or sourcing; extensive knowledge of supplies, materials, and services


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Must have advanced purchasing skills i.e. Negotiations, sourcing, and supplier relations
  • Detail oriented
  • Experience working with ERP Systems (SAP, JDE, etc.) and automated purchasing tools and strong skills in Microsoft Office suite tools.
  • PC skills, good communication skills, excellent organizational ability and proven problem-solving ability.

Certificates and Licenses

  • Certifications with APICS, CSCMP and/ or Lean

Working Conditions

Drives automotive equipment

Work Standards

  • Acts in a manner reflective of the Company culture of High Moral Standards, Innovation and Continuous Evolution, Trust in Team, Continuous Improvement, and Sustainable Relationships
  • Communicates, interacts, and works effectively with others; receptive to feedback and coaching; voices concerns in a constructive manner
  • Demonstrates commitment to safety first; communicates safety concerns; promotes a safe work environment based on established safety standards and training
  • Follows all Company policies and procedures

Additional Comments

Management retains the discretion to add to or change the duties of the position at any time.

Delicato Family Wines offers its employees a generous and comprehensive benefits package.  The core health insurance components include medical, dental and vision, where Delicato covers nearly the entire cost for employees and a large percentage for dependents.  Additional health benefits include life, disability and flexible spending accounts.  Other benefits include 401(k) with generous company match, discretionary profit sharing, paid time off (PTO), paid holidays, wine & merchandise discounts, tuition reimbursement, gym discounts & many more.


Delicato Family Wines is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Nearest Major Market: Napa

Job Segment: Procurement, Purchasing, Accounts Receivable, Supply, Buyer, Operations, Finance