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Purchasing Manager

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United Natural Foods, Inc.

Providence, RI

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The Purchasing Manager is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the activities of the Purchasing Department. Additional responsible include developing and implementing departmental policies and procedures including change management relating to these procedures. Ensures purchasing functions are completed in accordance with established policies and procedures to maximize efficiency and minimize cost of organization's supply chain. Manages and monitors vendor's performance to ensure they meet company's requirements. Ensures that project and department milestones are met. Has full authority for personnel actions.



Responsible for the development and implementation of effective Purchasing Department policies, procedures, and planning including metrics.

Execute established operational goals and ensures that corporate-wide plans are complemented and supported.

Responsible for ensuring the efficient and cost effective administration of Purchasing functions.

Ensures purchasing problems, errors, or discrepancies are promptly tracked and resolved.

Identify patterns in reoccurring issues, identify the root cause, collaborate with internal departments to solve the issue and execute the solution.

Effectively supervises Department personnel, ensuring optimal performance.

Conduct performance appraisals. Formulate and implement employee corrective actions as needed.

Ensures staffing levels are appropriate. Interviews, hires, and assigns personnel.

Responsible for establishing and maintaining effective communication and coordination with Company personnel and with management.

Responsible for establishing and maintaining effective business relations with vendors, suppliers, and trade professionals.

Complete special projects as required.

Performs other job duties as required.

Required Skills



Bachelor’s degree in business, materials management, operations management, engineering or related field

Lean Six Sigma certification or Project Management certification preferred


Experience working with suppliers and/or customers

Five years of related work experience, supply chain experience preferredSystem Implementation Preferred

Supervisory experience preferred


Working knowledge of project management principles and practices

High competency level in MS Office applications

Knowledge of purchasing and supply chain systems, LEAN principles of planning and MRP/ERP systems preferred

Understanding of purchasing policies and procedures


Strong problem-solving skills

Analytical skills

Good supervisory abilities

Well organized

Solid communication and negotiation abilities

Job Location

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

Company info

United Natural Foods, Inc.
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Company Profile
America's Premier Certified Organic Distributor® UNFI is the leading independent national distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods and related products including nutritional supplements, personal care items and organic produce, in the United States. In addition to excellent distribution services, we provide a range of innovative, value-added services for our customers and suppliers, to foster mutual success and growth. Our services include marketing and promotional tools, merchandising, category management and store support services. At the core of UNFI's distribution operation are five main units: UNFI Eastern Region, UNFI Western Region, UNFI Canada, Albert's Organics and Select Nutrition. In addition, our non-distribution divisions include Blue Marble Brands, Earth Origins Market and Woodstock Farms Manufacturing.

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