Are you an experienced Procurement Buyer / Planner with direct manufacturing experience? If so Freshpet has a great career opportunity for you! Our goal is to make the lives of dogs and cats everywhere better by making fresh, real food for pets. We are seeking a Procurement Buyer / Planner to join our pet food manufacturing team and ensure that cats and dogs are receiving delicious, real food. This is a great opportunity to combine your procurement and planning experience, and love for animals! At Freshpet, we’re passionate about what we do because we’re pet lovers, and because we believe that as a team, we are making a real difference in pets’ lives. We offer full benefits and an excellent work environment with state-of–the-art equipment and an innovative team atmosphere! Procurement Buyer / Planner Reports to: Materials Manager Summary: The Procurement Buyer/Planner has the primary responsibility of ensuring material availability to support the production schedule. Other responsibilities include managing inventory levels, supporting material/product level revisions, interacting/coordinating with suppliers on a variety of topics, and supporting other business functions as required. Primary Responsibilities: Place purchase orders with suppliers for the procurement of production material as required by forecast and the production schedule. Monitor status of open purchase orders to ensure on-time delivery of all materials, including timely resolution, communication and mitigation of future potential problems Expedite or defer orders as required based on schedule/inventory changes Determine and establish optimal inventory levels based on forecast, demand variation and material lead times Coordinate material flows throughout product/BOM changes, obsolescence, and the introduction of new suppliers and/or materials due to new product development Manage the inter-company flow or materials between warehouse locations Manage and resolve issues regarding PO to invoice discrepancies, returns and quality problems with suppliers Provide back-up support for supply chain functions including shipping, receiving, material handling and other duties as assigned Setup & maintain material master system planning parameters (MOQ, lead time, safety stocks) Collaborate with internal customers and provide a high level of customer service, including recommending solutions, resources, and alternative supply options Ensure and promote compliance to Company and Procurement policies and procedures Education Requirements: BS/BA in Supply Chain, Business, Logistics Experience / Skills Required: Position Requirements 8 to 10 years of experience in a buyer/planner/material scheduler role working for a direct manufacturer Expert applied knowledge of forecasting, MRP, transportation, supply chain, inventory management and warehousing disciplines Proficient with MS Office suite – advanced skills with MS Excel Strong sense of urgency & attention to detail Excellent organization, communication and follow-up skills Able to influence others & manage conflict Ability to self-direct and take constructive action in ambiguous situations Extremely high standards of excellence Analytical with a methodical approach to problem solving Experience establishing and employing demand-pull material planning methods Freshpet Kitchens in Bethlehem, PA is a tobacco-free facility. We offer a competitive salary and full benefit package that includes 401(k), paid vacation, and holidays. Only qualified individuals should submit their resume and salary history. No phone calls or mailed resumes accepted. Freshpet embraces diversity and is an EOE/M/F/Disabled/A/Veterans.