Associate Buyer job – Ken’s – Marlborough, MA

Associate Buyer


3 reviews

Marlborough, MA



Ken’s Foods, a fast growing manufacturer, is looking for an Associate Purchasing Buyer. This position will be responsible for inventory management and purchasing of raw materials that go into the production of finished goods for their designated manufacturing facility.


  • Responsible for replenishment of raw materials. Build trucks from various vendors, located throughout the country, while monitoring lead times, storage requirements and shelf life of all materials.
  • Attend vendor plant audits with QA manager periodically.
  • Transfer materials from other plants due to availability, pricing, or location purposes.
  • Responsible for accurate raw material pricing and freight costs.
  • Responsible for cost savings driven by reviewing vendor price brackets, freight differentials as well as alternative supplier qualifications. Update cost saving spreadsheet on THOR
  • Submit packets to vendors for alternate supplier information. Verify all paperwork & submit to corporate QA Manager and Regulatory Affairs for approval. Disperse paperwork to essential department contacts.
  • Load information on THOR & notify QA for information to be uploaded to TraceGains.
  • Submit, monitor & update information on the OU (Kosher) website & update Ken’s system, as needed.
  • Review the daily exception report with scheduling.
  • Work with Quality in the event of a material issue and be the liaison between Ken’s and the vendor for return, discard, and/or re-imbursement of material. Notify Accounting of anticipated credits or payments.
  • Be adept at crisis management and have excellent multi-tasking skills when issues arise involving any raw materials used in production at perspective plants.
  • Act as key contact between all plant personnel and will be available 24 /7 to handle any issue that would put the plant in jeopardy involving raw materials.
  • Responsible for transferring raw materials from plant to plant as formulas are shifted between facilities.
  • Coordinate Collect truckloads with the Logistics Department.
  • Work with accounting to resolve discrepant invoices in DocuWare.
  • Cover other plants, as needed when buyers are out of office.
  • Submit weekly Supplyside variance report to the plant. Confirm re-counts & adjust in the AS400.
  • Review dead inventory and short shelf raw material reports
  • Manage and facilitate quarterly inventory responsibilities


Manage purchasing assistant and aid development of skills so purchasing assistant is able fill in for plant buyer when he or she is traveling on business or away on vacation. Review Success Factors goals, achievements & expectations twice annually.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; with a concentration in business or math a plus; or three to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

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