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Associate Buyer

Apply Location Bloomington, Minnesota, Marshall, Minnesota Job ID ASSOC018978 Date posted 08/29/2022

This critical position is responsible for supporting documentation and record keeping of the

Strategic Sourcing Process. This includes contracts, forms, graphs, score cards and other product and pricing

Information to help ensure we are set up for success.  


  • Negotiations with key suppliers along with clear communication to Director and internal stakeholders.
  • Tracks and monitors the category for impact to pricing & supply.
  • Negotiates and secures desired quantities and varieties at lowest feasible costs that meet quality specifications and plant production requirements.
  • Responsible for material rates and operational impacts
  • Prepare vendor purchase history and complaint graphs and vendor scorecard for vendor reviews
  • Manages and monitors purchasing area contract record retention requirements by establishing retention method, process and/or system, conducting contract reviews and retaining all contracts for the group as well as auditing firms
  • Accumulate and disseminate supplier and product specific information needed to launch new products both internally and externally
  • Generate and distribute pricing, gross margin and various reports as required
  • Manipulate and cleanse data for product portfolios on a regular basis
  • Maintains data and follows up on contract inventory levels between suppliers and plant locations through contract maintenance, invoice discrepancies and actual consumption reporting
  • Facilitate the approval process for all vendor contracts as well as maintaining accurate files of those contracts
  • Enter and maintain product contracts, volume commitments and pricing in enterprise system
  • Builds, compiles, and sorts monthly material cost forecasting information and acts as liaison with Finance department
  • Builds and compiles foundational information and data for the annual budget process
  • Coordinates and manages input of cost savings information into Cost Savings database and assures accuracy and timeliness of information.
  • Coordinates and manages cost savings reporting and progress tracking between multiple departments
  • Builds organized and potentially complex reports and presentations for cost savings tracking, and other projects as needed.
  • Responsible to conduct yourself and ensure your subordinates (if applicable) conduct themselves in a manner consistent with company mission, values, code of ethics, policies, and other standards of conduct.


Education: Bachelor's or equivalent or combination of education and experience

Years of Related Experience: 1-3 years related experience

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Advanced PC skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Cognos, SAP, etc.,

We are committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes diversity, represents the communities in which we operate, enables attraction of diverse talent pools for today and tomorrow and positions Schwan’s Home Delivery as an employer of choice.

Member of the military? We thank you for your service! As a strong supporter of our men and women in uniform, we will consider recent military experience as a great prerequisite to a career at Schwan’s!

Schwan’s Home Service is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, age, race, color, religion, gender, vet status, national origin or other protected class.


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