Job Description

Job Title:                          Vendor Manager - Nutrition

Department:                     Operations

Reports to:                        Director, Global Supply Chain

Job Description:               Vendor Manager is responsible for managing vendor relationship in order to source the highest quality goods and services for the most competitive price according to a timeline that supports overall supply chain objectives.


  • Works with Operations, R&D, Marketing, Creative Services, QA/QC, and Finance to strengthen key supplier relations and ensure a strong supply chain.
  • Proactively seeks to improve lead times, quality, profits, and cash flow
  • Negotiates with vendors for goods and services, negotiating the best possible price and service guarantee
  • Ensure system accuracy by regularly updating and correcting system inputs
  • Develop systems and processes to improve efficiencies
  • Helps manage goods through entire product lifecycle from launch through retirement and ensuring appropriate inventory levels according to supply chain objectives
  • Ensures long term supply of needed goods and services
  • Build and establish long term business relationships with key suppliers
  • Resolve and manage any issues or conflicts that arise during production of goods
  • Develops and qualifies new supply sources where existing sources are inadequate
  • Assists in establishing purchasing policies and ensure vendor compliance
  • Track and monitor receipt of all goods through Quality release, including raw materials, primary packaging, secondary packaging, and finished goods to ensure quality and on time deliveries
  • Requests bids and proposals, evaluates submissions, and makes awards
  • Establishes account/credit and terms
  • Negotiates blanket purchase orders when appropriate and monitors costs during period
  • Checks requisitions for appropriate approval and account numbers
  • Traces delinquent arrivals from purchase orders
  • Resolves PO/contract to invoice discrepancies to ensure timely payment
  • Follows environmental and safety regulations and acts in compliance with U.S. laws
  • Complies with safety and corporate guidelines on business ethics
  • Performs business reviews with assigned major suppliers


  • Bachelor’s degree in a business-related area or equivalent work experience.  Degree in Supply Chain strongly preferred.
  • Strong understanding of MRP and other supply chain functions and best practices and ability to apply concepts in a meaningful way
  • 3-7+  years of purchasing experience, with Nutritional raw ingredient, Nutritional Finished Goods and Packaging experience preferred
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Strong analytical and communication skills
  • Knowledge of ERP systems.  SAP experience strongly preferred
  • Self-starter with ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Strong MS Excel skills
  • Strong ethical code of conduct.


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