Raw Material/Ingredient Operations Buyer

 Marlborough, MA, US
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Ken’s Foods in Marlborough, MA is adding to our team!

Ken’s Foods, manufacturer of Ken’s Salad Dressing and Sweet Baby Rays, is a dynamic company, family-owned and -operated since 1958. With four manufacturing plants strategically located, we employ over 1400 people throughout the U.S. We use high-quality ingredients to produce over one thousand varieties of dressings and sauces for both retail grocery and food service divisions.

We are committed to offer a work environment where safety and quality are the priority, as evidenced by our awarded SQF Level III certification. Because the health and wellness of our team is important to us, we provide excellent benefits and a friendly culture. We have a diverse customer base that is rapidly growing – a sign of our market acceptance and commitment to the consumer. Ken's Foods is a rewarding place to learn and grow through practical applications of food science, product development, and operations management.



The Raw Material/Ingredient Operations Buyer role contributes to Ken’s Foods success by executing procurement processes while simultaneously building solid relationships with both internal business partners and external suppliers.  The Buyer will support the development and optimization of critical procurement processes by identifying and implementing best practices that will drive suppliers to higher levels of performance to minimize disruptions to Plant Production.  


Some of the duties and responsibilities include:

  • Replenishment of materials, ensuring seamless delivery of goods to support Production
  • Determine appropriate order quantities to balance demand and financial resources (i.e. available warehouse footprint)
  • Manage and oversee reverse logistics with cross-functional business partners in the event of a material issue
  • Ensure that volume, pricing, delivery terms and conditions are followed, including accurate freight costs
  • Be adept at crisis management and have excellent multi-tasking skills when issues arise involving any materials used in production
  • Initiate and facilitate Supplier Business reviews to drive improvement and manage Suppliers
  • Provide input into the strategic sourcing process (including document collection, regulatory, sample review, financial audit, etc.) and make recommendations, partnering with the Sourcing team
  • Interface with cross-functional Business Partners to drive value across the Supply Chain



 Education and/or Experience

  • Four-year degree in related field preferred
  • Food industry purchasing experience
  • 3-8 years with Purchasing, Supply Chain Management, and/or Inventory Management experience
  • 3-8 years in Direct Buying, Supplier Management, and/or Project Management experience
  • 3+ years Cross-functional Team Management Experience
  • Must be proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint)
  • Syspro or other ERP experience a plus


Employment with Ken’s Foods is contingent upon successful completion of a drug test, background screening, and pre-employment assessment.