Senior Procurement Specialist

ConAgra Foods (
Defense Contracting


  Full Time   Employee

North Liberty
United States

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Job Summary:


This position leads JM Swank’s physical grains, fats, and oil procurement activities.  It requires exposure to management, plant, and operating company personnel as well as suppliers.  Responsibilities include development and implementation of the purchasing vision for our grains, fats, and oil procurement.  Products procured include grains, flours, and oil (packaged and bulk).  The position requires an understanding of both domestic and international grain and oil markets.


Job Responsibilities:


  1. Purchases assigned ingredients at a price commensurate with market conditions, quality, and service essential to insuring continuous business operations and the Company’s goals for customer satisfaction.
  2. Supports Company policies and procedures, including, but not limited to, contracts, pricing, and transportation.
  3. Provides necessary support to applicable ingredient marketing programs and any regional or specific customer marketing plans.
  4. Represents the Company to suppliers, building and maintaining strong vendor relationships with suppliers and their representatives.
  5. Takes initiative to constantly improve the total cost of ingredients to customers.
  6. Analyzes, establishes, and maintains qualified, uninterrupted sources of supply that are consistent with Company policies and procedures.
  7. Monitors all purchases, assuring compliance with quantity, specifications, quality, delivery, and price.
  8. Negotiates with suppliers on price, terms, and conditions, and establishes purchasing and price agreements that fall within the scope of delegated responsibilities.  Ensures that negotiations support the Company’s goals and protect the Company’s competitive position.
  9. Acts as a liaison between suppliers and other functional areas of the Company.  Disseminates pricing data to Industry Managers for formulation of Company cost proposals to customers.  Communicates market/pricing developments.
  10. Maintains a competitive base for Purchasing by watching markets, reviewing trade journals, and issuing quotation requests to qualified suppliers.
  11. Supports the expansion of sales by supporting price requests for our sales organization in a timely fashion.
  12. Converses and negotiates with respective supplier representatives.
  13. Operates within specific delegated financial and contractual commitment authority.  Understands and applies the philosophy of the Company.  Adheres to standard procedures for managing and properly filling out all required paperwork and completing timely changes.
  14. Serves as a resource for other JM Swank employees.
  15. Maintains and monitors all open contracts, expiration dates, and balances.
  16. Reviews inventory levels and service levels to insure proper capital utilization.
  17. Facilitates quick turnaround time of invoice resolution, damaged product claims, and discrepancy issues.
  18. Dispositions QA damaged/rejected material in a timely manner.
  19. Resolves dead stock issues.  Recommends a course of action for sales and Department Manager for disposition options.
  20. Assists in identifying market for new products.  Communicates new uses from supplier or trade sources to Industry Management.





  1. Possesses knowledge for all assigned products and current raw material sources.  Knows industry structure including product manufacturers, suppliers, and direct and indirect competitors.
  2. A minimum of a BA/BS degree or equivalent, plus over two (2) years of purchasing or closely related experience is required, preferably in the industrial food ingredient industry.
  3. Has an understanding of inbound and outbound freight and relative cost structure.
  4. Must have strong negotiation, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  5. Must be able to work in a self-directed team environment with minimum direct supervision.
  6. Strong and effective written/oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  7. Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and negotiation skills.
  8. Capable of exercising sound judgment and making effective decisions.
  9. Strong organizational and time management skills.
  10. Must possess the qualities of flexibility, adaptability, stress management, and self-initiative.
  11. Proficient with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel).


Reporting/Working Relationships

  1. Reports directly to Senior Director, Procurement.
  2. Works within well-defined administrative policies and practices and is responsible for enforcing these policies in supplier relationships.
  3. Ability to perform under very limited supervision with considerable latitude for independent action.
  4. Must exercise sound judgment concerning purchasing decisions.  Erroneous actions could result in higher product costs, missed customer deliveries, or legal action against the Company.
  5. Works directly and professionally with all levels of management and numerous suppliers to maintain positive and effective working relationships.


Business Scope: (List most relevant financial- or volume-related measures)

  • Annual purchase dollars ~$85 million.





This job description is not intended, and should not be construed to be, an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with the job.  It is intended, however, to be an accurate reflection of those principal job elements essential for making decisions related to job performance, employee development and compensation.  As such, the incumbent may perform other duties and responsibilities as required.





ConAgra Foods, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.


To apply for this job, contact:
Phil Ziolkowski

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