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Company: Panda Restaurant Group
Location: Rosemead, CA
Career Level: Mid-Senior Level
Industries: Food, Beverage


Summary of Job Descriptions: The Senior Manager, Purchasing (Produce and Perishables) is responsible for achieving strategic optimal arrangements related to purchasing all produce and perishable products such as fresh and frozen produce, ginger garlic blend, egg, and dairy products. This position's portfolio of products is approximately $70 - $100 million in present annual expenditures and has a high level of impact on the company's financial performance and reputation. This position executes the selection, evaluation, and negotiation for all PRG produce and perishable items, ensuring that the suppliers selected fit Panda's culture and philosophy, have the necessary capacity, and provide the items at the best price and highest quality.  This position also leads SCM staff involved with purchasing produce and perishable items.   You'll get a chance to:

  • Executes the company's produce and perishable purchasing arrangements in support of its business strategy and plan. Identifies suppliers and arranges optimal contracts in terms of pricing, quality, timing, and supply availability over the term of the contract.  Works with Vice President, SCM to interact with the highest level of executives at supplier companies.  Advises senior leadership on the availability of specific products and pricing, pre-qualifying new suppliers and facilities in terms of price, capacity, and quality.  Ensures costs are within budget.
  • Assists the Vice President, SCM in the design and execution of the five-year supply chain strategic plan, anticipating business requirements. The plan includes identifying supplier sources, their purchasing capacity, and any legal/tariff issues.  Informs the Vice President, SCM and senior leadership on produce and perishable industry insights, such as tariffs, import/export limitations, government regulations, Act of God situations, mergers, acquisitions, personnel changes, new item introduction, etc.
  • Recruits, selects, and develops an effective SCM team involved with produce and perishable purchasing.  Provides leadership, coaching and development to the team to meet the department's people planning and development goals.
  • Identifies new suppliers to support future growth.  Attends supplier and industry conferences to identify potential suppliers, domestic and international and gain industry insights.  Evaluates potential suppliers in coordination with FSQA concerning the viability of their product and acceptability of their manufacturing facility.  Negotiates with new suppliers over cost and collaborates with logistics to bring product(s) into distribution. 
  • Maintains a strong professional relationship between suppliers and the company.  Communicates with suppliers concerning all aspects of the partnership including PRG philosophy and growth plans, and aligns suppliers with Panda to support our growth.  Evaluates the effectiveness and fitness of suppliers to determine our procurement strategy.  
  • Leads or participates in projects with departments such as FSQA, Product Development, Marketing, Legal, Finance, and Operations related to product specifications, quality inquiries, product recall, sourcing new ingredients, testing new products, and phasing in products within distribution. 
  • Arranges for global sourcing of produce and perishable items for both domestic and international operations 
  • Supports company special events in terms of sponsorship and procurement.  Provides produce for events as requested.  May solicit suppliers as potential sponsors of charity events.
  • Tracks commodities markets on prices and supply and determines strategy and direction for optimal procurement program.  Recommends best timing to introduce and promote new produce and perishable products when market is most favorable.
  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
Your background & experience: 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.
  • Bachelor's degree required; CPSM certification preferred
  • Minimum seven years of experience in Supply Chain Management, preferably in a multi-unit food service and/or manufacturing organization, with increasing management or project management responsibility
  Panda Strong since 1983 Founded in Glendale, California, we are now the largest family-owned American Chinese Restaurant concept in America. With close to 2,000 locations globally, we continue our mission of delivering exceptional Asian dining experiences by building an organization where people are inspired to better their lives. Whether it's impacting our team or the communities we work in, we're proud to be an organization that embraces family values.   You're wanted here We value diversity in all forms and know the strength it brings. Workplace equality allows for creative ideas to blossom, diverse points of view to be heard, and improves overall happiness. We like the sound of that.    Panda Restaurant Group, Inc is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Regardless of your race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, veteran status, you are welcome here.   #LI-PA1

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