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Strategic Sourcing Speciliast

Date: Jan 7, 2023

Location: Weidman, MI, US, 48893

Company: unifiedbra

Unified Brands is a leader in professional foodservice equipment design, manufacture and service. With an extensive portfolio of premium branded product lines to include Groen, Randell, Avtec, A la Cart and Power Soak, Unified Brands offers foodservice operators the essential equipment needed to support the varied menus of today's commercial kitchens. With an emphasis on custom fabrication and comprehensive foodservice preparation solutions, Unified Brands is a single source for cooking equipment, Sous Vide/cook-chill production, refrigeration, ventilation, utility distribution, conveyor, continuous motion washing, and meal delivery systems - with the ease of a single integrated business platform for sales, support, service, manufacturing, and business operations.


  • Commodity expert i.e. product, industry, suppliers, regulatory, etc.
  • Maintain commodity or product line knowledge of current industry conditions including:
    • Pricing information and trends
    • Vendor information
    • Regulatory requirements
  • Manage vendor relationships, including:
    • Selection and performance
    • Develop, implement and maintain vendor managed inventory programs.
    • Develop, implement and maintain a vendor performance and relationship management program.
    • Analyze vendor quality trends and initiate corrective actions as determined.


  • Negotiate terms, pricing and delivery/service conditions with vendors. Partner with material buyer/planners, shared service and manufacturing associates as required to accomplish:
    • Research products.
    • Clarify specifications.
    • Document competitive bidding.
    • Coordinate and evaluate engineering changes regarding new products and modification to existing products to guarantee that all outside purchased items meet necessary specifications.
  • Analyze and manage the purchase order life cycle and initiate process improvement projects as required.
  • Initiate and lead system enhancement projects.
  • Make cost reduction recommendations.

Perform other duties as assigned


  • Basic computer knowledge, legal aspects of purchasing.
  • Must possess ERP (Oracle) knowledge.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with sales representatives and other personnel by phone, in person, or through written communication.
  • Work under pressure in a detailed and organized manner.
  • Assimilate information to make decisive decisions.
  • Able to work in a team environment.
  • Able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Strong business acumen.
  • Ability to travel up to 25%


  • Must be classified as a commodity (or product line) expert.
  • Three to five years as a buyer or any combination of experience, education, or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skill, and ability required.
  • Multi-lingual preferred


  • General office environment with several daily hours in the manufacturing plant.


Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by team members, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of team members so classified.  Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

All qualified applicants will consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.

Nearest Major Market: Mount Pleasant