The Meat Procurement Manager is responsible for the efficient buying of meat, seafood and service deli product lines assigned for the Distribution Center. Coordinate all buying activities to ensure achievement of all department, distribution center, and company profit objectives. Ensure that the highest standards of professional integrity are maintained throughout the assigned department.
Develop and maintain professional working relationships with division personnel and facilitate beneficial communication related to products and promotional activity to procurement team and distribution center operations.
Define and provide overall department goal setting and direction based on key performance indicators.
Interface with other department heads and division personnel to accomplish job functions. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with manufacturers, vendors, logistic companies, store operations, distribution center and division office personnel.
Attend key meetings to maintain awareness of programs and issues providing relevant department information in support of fundamental and strategic programs.
Ensure the established sales plan is understood and executed by the procurement team.
Participate in developing and managing Distribution P&L by providing analyses on relevant procurement data.
Monitor department results compared to projections, identify solutions and recommend corrective actions.
Review and analyze operating reports with procurement team and take appropriate action when necessary.
Develop and define best practices for buying team with support from Corporate Director of Procurement.
Manage vendor adherence to product specifications through distribution center audits and cutting tests. Ensure product specifications are in compliance with all federal, state and local regulatory and company requirements.
Monitor key commodity markets and provide forecast information to Sales Manager in support of future market dynamics. Obtain best possible costs, quality and service level at all times.
Visit stores, as needed, to monitor programs, obtain store feedback and assess overall implementation effectiveness as needed.
Work with Corporate Procurement Team on strategic programs where applicable to implement overall best practices.
Remote access (buying system) from home or off-site location when necessary.
Train and mentor new buying team members. Responsible for evaluating team member performance.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent Meat/Seafood/Deli Procurement and Supply Chain experience. Specialization in Agricultural Sciences (Meat/Animal/Food) a plus.
5 - 10 years of experience in multiple facets of Supply Chain including Retail Operations, Buying, Logistics and Manufacturing.
7+ years of Purchasing or Vendor Management experience in the retail industry; experience with a major grocery retailer chain in purchasing or strategic sourcing role with responsibility for working with major national vendors of consumer-packaged goods or commodity food products.
5 - 10 years of people management experience.
Skills and Experiences:
Strong organizational and analytical skills.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Proficiency in PC systems required.
Strong understanding of meat and seafood commodity markets and published industry reporting platforms.
Must have a full understanding of regulatory requirements including those of USDA, USDC and FDA where applicable.
Ability to recognize and understand industry trends and impacts to the region and enterprise.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Ability to make appropriate decisions in a dynamic and fast paced environment.
Strong planning, organizing and negotiating skills.
Must have the ability to represent the company's interests in negotiations with outside professionals and suppliers.
Ability to concentrate and deal with frequent interruptions. High degree of initiative and sense of urgency.
Exceptional systems skills especially MS Office and Supply Chain systems.
Strong detailed understanding of business operations.
Working knowledge of procurement, logistics, inventory management, marketing, accounting and financial management practices.
Demonstrated people leader: build strong relationships, hire great people, commit to the growth of individuals on team and lead by example.
TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: 5% - 10%
Ability to lift 30 pounds or more.
Work typically performed in a temperature-controlled environment. A limited amount of time may be at temperatures of 40 degrees or lower (frozen and perishable warehouses).
Spends long periods of time at desk or computer terminal.
Uses calculators, keyboards, telephone and other office equipment during a normal workday.
Workday is fast paced; some evening and weekend work may be required.
Additional Salary Information: Bonus Eligible
Internal Number: SUPL758978
About Albertsons - Safeway
In 1915, M.B. Skaggs, an ambitious young man in the small Idaho town of American Falls, purchased a tiny grocery store from his father. M.B.'s business strategy, to give his customers value and to expand by keeping a narrow profit margin, proved spectacularly successful. By 1926 he was opening 428 Skaggs stores in 10 states. M.B. almost doubled the size of his business that year when he merged his company with 322 Safeway (formerly Selig) stores and incorporated as Safeway, Inc.
M.B. Skagg’s value vision still drives Safeway, though on a dramatically larger scale. There are now over 1,300 Safeway stores across the US. These include 266 Safeway stores in Northern California and Hawaii, 273 Vons stores in Southern California and Nevada, 107 Randalls and Tom Thumb stores in Texas, as well as 28 Carrs stores in Alaska.
In January 2015, our parent company, AB Acquisition LLC, and Safeway completed a merger that created one of the largest food and drug retailers in the country, with over 2,300 stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia, and employing approximately 280,000 people. With Safeway stores in 19 states, our Safeway teams are proud to carry on the tradition that M.B. Skaggs began nearly 100 years ago in that small Idaho town