Summary of Job Descriptions:
BACHELORS DEGREE REQUIRED.
The Purchasing Manager is responsible for achieving optimal arrangements related to purchasing assigned products. This position executes the selection, evaluation, and negotiation for assigned PRG products, ensuring that the suppliers selected fit culture and philosophy, have the necessary capacity, and provide the items at the best price and highest quality. This position leads staff within SCM involved with purchasing assigned products.
You'll get a chance to:
- Execute the company's purchasing arrangements for assigned products in support of its business strategy and plan.
- Identify suppliers and arranges optimal contracts in terms of pricing, quality, timing, and supply availability over the term of the contract.
- Advise SCM Leadership Team on the availability of specific products and pricing, pre-qualifying new suppliers and facilities in terms of price, capacity, and quality.
- Ensure costs are within budget.
- Assist the Executive Director/Director in the design and execution of the three to five year purchasing strategic plan, anticipating business requirements. The plan includes identifying supplier sources, their purchasing capacity, and any legal/tariff issues.
- Inform the ED and senior leadership on any industry issues, such as government regulations, Act of God situations, mergers, acquisitions, personnel changes, new item introduction, etc.
- Recruit, select, and develop an effective purchasing team.
- Provide leadership, coaching, and development to the team to meet the department's people planning and development goals.
- Identify new suppliers to support future growth.
- Attend industry conferences to identify potential domestic and international suppliers and gain industry insights. Evaluate potential suppliers to
- ensure safety and management of risk. Negotiates with new suppliers over cost and collaborates with logistics to bring products into distribution.
- Maintain a strong professional relationship between suppliers and the company.
- Communicate with suppliers concerning all aspects of the partnership including PRG philosophy and growth plans and aligns suppliers with Panda to support our growth.
- Evaluate the effectiveness and fitness of suppliers to determine our procurement strategy.
- Manage and support cross-functional projects with departments such as Product Development, FSQA, Marketing, Legal, Finance and Logistics related to product testing, promotional calendar, safety, quality feedback from Operations, and phasing in products within distribution.
- Arrange items for both domestic and international stores and new concepts.
- Oversee procurement for international expansion, including company-owned, franchise, and licensed stores.
- Support company special events in terms of sponsorship and procurement.
- Provide products for events as requested. May solicit suppliers as potential sponsors of charity events.
- Track commodities markets on prices and supply and determines strategy and direction for optimal procurement program.
- Recommend best timing to introduce and promote products.
How we reward you:
- Hybrid Work schedule
- 401K with company match
- Yearly bonus opportunity
- Full medical, dental, and vision insurance
- On-site fitness center, biometric screen, and flu shot clinic
- Discounts at Panda restaurants, theme parks, and gym memberships
- Paid time off starting at 15 days with 7 federal holidays
- Continuous education assistance and scholarships
- Income protection including Disability, Life and AD&D insurance
- Bereavement leave
- Benefits available for eligible permanent full time associates
Your background & experience:
- Minimum seven years of experience in Supply Chain Management, preferably in a multi-unit food service and/or manufacturing organization.
- Bachelor's degree required; CPSM certification preferred.
- Successful completion of initial and periodically required training
- Obtaining a valid Food Handler's Card within 30 days of employment is a requirement of this position.
- If hired, must provide proof of full vaccination on your start date, unless prohibited by federal, state, or local law. Full vaccination means two weeks or more have passed after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series, or more than two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine. Examples of proof of full vaccination include an original, photocopied, or digital completed vaccination card which includes your name, type of vaccine provided, and date last dose administered.