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The Purchasing Manager develops and implements strategies, programs, and activities to purchase commodities (packaging). Focusing on the acquisition of products and services that represent medium to high levels of risk and value, the Purchasing Manager evaluates options/scenarios and agreements, develops recommendations, and gains approval from brand leadership. The Purchasing Manager uses his/her knowledge of business and commodity markets to independently negotiate agreements with suppliers. He/she may lead teams.


-Identifies and selects suppliers by leveraging available resources (e.g., knowledge of supplier capabilities, industry benchmarking data); considers purchasing strategies developed by Purchasing Leaders

-Develops and gains alignment on 12-18 month product purchasing strategies; plans 3-5 year product category purchasing strategies

-Executes purchasing strategy for one or more products/services requested by Darden Concepts; uses analysis provided by Sourcing and Logistics Analysts to actively negotiate agreements with suppliers

-Focuses efforts on the acquisition of products and/or services requiring medium to high levels of spend and/or complexity

-Identifies opportunities for cost savings/cost avoidance for the product category

-Conducts cost formulation and develops component cost break-outs

-Prepares and executes Requests for Information (RFIs) & Requests for Proposals (RFPs)

-Works with brand leads and Inventory Analysis to provides usage forecasts to suppliers

-Interfaces with Integrated Sourcing Team to conduct cost formulation and develop component cost break-outs; obtains and shares information regarding analysis and logistics

-Builds and maintains effective relationships with suppliers

-Demonstrates an understanding of one or more product categories/industries, specific market trends, and available suppliers; develops an understanding of key suppliers' operations; gains familiarity with trade associations

Conducts supplier site visits in support of activities including product development, education, negotiation, issue resolution, etc.

-Attends/conducts Supplier Meetings in order to understand capabilities, conduct business reviews, and monitor supplier financial health

-Reviews and evaluates supplier performance with the input of other members of the Purchasing Team, Facilities, Development, Culinary, TQ and Brand Operators through the use of informal (e.g., observation) and formal (e.g., vendor ratings) metrics

-Monitors, analyzes, and projects commodity and product category markets in order to ensure supply, manage risk (i.e., contingency planning), and ensure value

-Presents ideas for product innovations (for further exploration)

-Leads less critical crisis management efforts; assists Purchasing Director(s) with critical items

-Implements/supports sustainability strategies

-Addresses vendor product quality or service issues; supports other functions (e.g., culinary operations, facilities) in vendor escalation issues as needed

-Works with Total Quality, Culinary Teams, and/or Operations Excellence teams to plan presentations, review specifications and/or evaluate supplier compliance

-Costs samples of development products; provide cost information to culinary teams

-Sources new products and services to support business needs of brands

-Coordinates products/services for promotions and tests relevant to a product category

-Conducts contingency planning with Brands (as necessary)

-Meets with brands on product supply or quality concerns

-Interfaces directly and frequently with Development/Facilities, Culinary, Marketing, Concept Support, and Operations, at all levels, to support product needs

-Systematically seeks out and provides opportunities to minority businesses

-Provides product/services support as concept liaison interface between Development, Facilties, TQ, Operations, Purchasing and Supplier community


-Minimum of five to eight years or relevant experience

Experience with purchasing one or more categories of products or services

-Advanced understanding of industry-related markets

-Advanced experience with purchasing/buying negotiation tactics

-Understanding of business/business acumen

-Knowledge and familiarity with the use of software/information systems


-Bachelor of Science degree required.


-Strong analytical skills

-Unique combination of results orientation with ability to build strong interpersonal relations.

-Excellent organization, prioritization and time management skills.

-Proven ability to lead meetings and teams effectively. Demonstrated success in presenting in large group settings.

-Strong track record associated with negotiation, problem solving and conflict management.

-Team player, loyalty and professionalism.

-Demonstrated ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment


-MBA Preferred

-People management experience preferred but not required