Farmer Brothers Company

  • Buyer

    Job Locations US-TX-DALLAS-FORT WORTH | US-TX-Northlake
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  • Overview

    The Buyer will play a critical role in supporting indirect procurement process and will report to the Procurement Manager. This position is responsible for driving indirect supplier relationships and negotiating costs to support the uninterrupted supply of products at optimum price, delivery, terms, and within policies and guidelines established by management. Provides recommendations to the leadership team, proposing cost-optimization/containment solutions, utilizing spend analysis, internal data collection, and analytical expertise.


    • Selects and qualifies suppliers, recommends award of contract and monitors adherence.
    • Manages ongoing relationship and communication with suppliers.  
    • Works with the demand forecasting team to determine appropriate inventory strategies and to monitor supplier performance. 
    • Ensures suppliers have capacity to support forecast as well as having redundancies and contingency planning.
    • Conducts qualitative and quantitative supplier analysis to develop and maintain robust supplier evaluation programs including developing KPI programs to support these efforts.
    • Continually improves procurement methods, inventory control and drives down external spend; develops item procurement strategy based on business criticality, forecast accuracy, required service level (availability), lead times, MOQs and EOQs.
    • Optimizes the efficiency and cost of our supply chain by identifying and implementing opportunities to (i) improve buying patterns to reduce supply risk and improve pricing; (ii) better leverage buying power across all locations; (iii) negotiate savings; and (iv) support operations to achieve the optimal total cost solution.
    • Fosters close relationships with cross-functional partners (Marketing, R&D, Quality, Sales and Production) and represents the procurement function at key business meetings. 
    • Provides strategic sourcing support for "special projects."
    • Tracks and reports out on specific cross-functional team assignments and activity.
    • Solicits quotes, negotiates pricing and schedules, specifies and confirms materials for any goods required, and monitors deadlines and shipping requirements.
    • Recommends and proactively manages RFx process.
    • Monitors and enters cost changes into JD Edwards via Supplier Catalog. 
    • May perform other duties as assigned. 


    • Bachelor's degree in Business, Sourcing, Supply Chain or relevant field.
    • 3 - 5 years of solid procurement experience; contracting experience a plus.
    • Proven ability to interact with senior management, and participate in strategic direction planning. 
    • Understanding of key cost drivers and their influence on the pricing of the indirect buying categories in question.
    • Solid familiarity with supply chain / planning software / SAP, JDE or other ERP Software experience preferred.
    • Ability to successfully manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment, deadline-driven.
    • Willing and able to travel up to 15%.
    • Excellent attention to detail, accuracy, quality and strong organizational skills.
    • Strong mathematical skills with budget management experience.
    • Strong computer skills, Excel, Word and Power-Point.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 


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