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Purchasing Manager

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Location: Othello, Washington, West United States, USA
Company: J.R. Simplot Company
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Industry Sector: Food/Processing
Industry Type: Food Processing
Career Type: Purchasing
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
Salary: DOE

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The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. These endeavors have been around for centuries and will continue to be a vital part of the global economy.  We currently have a Purchasing Manager position available in our potato processing plant in Othello, WA. 

Job Summary

This Purchasing Manager is in charge of providing the Othello and Moses Lake potato processing plants with supplies. This person develops relationships with suppliers and finds the best deals for the company. The incumbent keeps track of inventory and purchases supplies when necessary to keep these two plants running. 


  • Meet with suppliers to maintain relationships and to analyze quotes and service. Analyze buying effectively to ensure best quality, yield, and value are being purchased. Conduct ongoing research, testing, and inspection of goods and services. 
  • Act as a packaging and art liaison between suppliers, customers, designers, and printers. 
  • Maintain purchasing information system. Monitor and maintain inventory levels at guidelines established to ensure an adequate supply.
  • Assist Division Procurement Manager in developing Division purchasing policies/procedures and assures that production locations are in compliance and support Division goals and objectives. Minimize corporate liability associated with the procurement function (i.e., Certificate of Insurance, guarantees, etc.).
  • Manage supply selection, contract negotiation, price negotiation, and cost reduction programs for all key ingredients and manufacturing supplies on a Division-wide basis to ensure high value for each dollar spent to attain a competitive advantage and to support Division goals and objectives.
  • Assist in development programs and partnerships with suppliers of key ingredients and manufacturing supplies. This includes evaluation of supplier performance, communication of Division goals/needs, selection of primary suppliers, developing cost reduction programs, and ongoing evaluation and measurement of partnership accomplishments and constant improvement.
  • Assist in the development and training of plant purchasing staff with the goal of maintaining a high degree of excellence to meet the present and future needs of the Division. Schedules, directs, and disciplines purchasing department staff to meet safety, productivity, performance, and company goals. 


  • Bachelor's degree and five plus years related purchasing/procurement experience and/or training, to include contract negotiations.
  • CPM/CPIM certifications are preferred.
  • Supervisory experience is preferred. 

Location Information

Located in the heart of Washington’s beautiful Columbia Basin region, Othello is surrounded by beautiful parks and wildlife.  The wonderful, seasonal weather makes it an ideal area to enjoy all types of great outdoor recreation in addition to touring local wineries and tasting rooms of this growing industry. 

How to Apply

Please prepare a cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications and submit with your resume via Simplot's online application process described above. For best results, please upload your resume as a Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF document. This process includes additional job relevant questions, so plan on at least 20 minutes when you apply. 

Please Note: When a position is in the interview stage or has been filled, it will no longer appear on our Simplot Careers website. 

If you experience difficulty applying, please contact our Employment Center for assistance at 1-877-878-7404. We greatly appreciate your interest. 

*The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer*