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Category Buyer, Packaging/Indirect


Buffalo, NY, US, 14213

Req ID:  23943

Rich’s has been able to pull off something rare in the business world: a culture that successfully blends the latest business practices with family values.  That means our associates are able to work for a great company while also benefiting from a work environment that fosters world class professionalism combined with family intimacy.  Our benefit offerings are reflective of this unique blend of Life, Work and Family .


Continuously identify opportunities to drive value to the business by delivering cost savings initiatives, drive innovation, and support long term growth by mitigating supply and financial risks.

Manages assigned categories to ensure that Rich’s requirements for delivery, quality, cost and safety, are met and that Rich’s Values are maintained throughout the supply base with guidance. 

Owns the relationship with assigned Global and /or Regional suppliers

Drive suppliers to continuously improve the value they deliver to Rich Products Corporation.

Assess, manage, mitigate, and avoid risk throughout the supply chain for assigned categories.


  • Applies an in-depth knowledge of Regional cultures to achieve maximum benefit from supplier relationships
  • Drive value, cost savings, and joint process improvement initiatives for assigned categories
  • Coordinate joint SLAs with suppliers for assigned categories
  • Be the subject matter expert for assign categories.  Stay current in the economic, technological, capacity, and related developments in assigned categories and use this knowledge to forecast market trends, identify suppliers to support new product development, and develop risk management plans to avoid supply and financial risk.
  •  Develop financial forecasts for assigned categories
  • Provides information to ensure that Rich’s central supplier database is current for all assigned categories
  • Resolve all Regional quality, service, and financial issues for assigned categories
  • Completes various financial reporting tasks such as volume and pricing analyses, market reporting, contract balance analysis, spend by supplier reporting, quarterly cost standard updates, variance reporting, interpretation of financial information, etc.
  • Utilizing key supplier metrics, manages consistent service levels from suppliers and engages end-use associates to develop and manage action plans to address issues; provides daily management of suppliers including order management, forecasting, pricing, invoicing, inventory levels, and periodic supplier reviews and visits. 
  • Maintains consistent material quality from suppliers through the use of key supplier metrics and develops and manages action plans with Procurement Supplier Director (or supervisor) to address/correct any issues.
  • Participates and/or leads sections of negotiations with suppliers on contract terms, pricing, issue resolution, an established procurement practice. 
  • Actively works to identify and implement cost savings opportunities including resistance to pricing pressures, joint process improvements, and innovative supplier improvement ideas
  • May lead strategic sourcing teams and act as buying category subject matter expert; participates in RFI/RFP scoring, supplier visits, development of negotiation strategy and in negotiations with potential suppliers.
  • Participates and/or leads various project teams throughout the organization; may be required to provide updates and presentations to procurement management and/or entire department.
  • Makes presentations of results and recommendations to various groups, both internally and externally. (e.g.  Town hall meetings, Steering Team, etc.)
  • Act as a procurement representative to key business groups and work teams (e.g. CBUs and NWTs).  Actively participate in meetings, providing critical information to help influence decisions.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or related field with a minimum 3 years job related experience
  • PC skills (Excel, Word, database, statistical software) and the ability to create spreadsheets, computer analysis, report writing.
  • Travels occasionally (up to 10% of time)
  • Uses English as the business language within Rich


Rich Products Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates (“Rich’s”), are committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local law. The information collected by this application is solely to determine suitability for employment, verify identity, and maintain employment statistics on applicants.


Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on Rich’s. Please contact Rich’s Human Resources department if you need assistance completing this application or to otherwise participate in the application process.

Nearest Major Market: Buffalo

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