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Job Description


Blommer has been providing delicious, high quality chocolate and cocoa products to customers since 1939. Built as a family business, we are continuing to grow and are looking for motivated and reliable associates to help in our mission of Bringing Chocolate to Life!


Position Title: Buyer

Reports to: Purchasing Manager




The Buyer is responsible for the acquisition and inventory management of packaging, raw materials & services required to support the manufacturing process while ensuring adequate inventory levels are maintained. Utilize MRP system and other tools within established planning process. The scope of their responsibility is to develop and support continuous improvement on supplier performance that provides optimum quality, service, delivery, and pricing.


Material Acquisition (80%)

  • Enter all purchase order requirements and requests in a timely manner
  • Analyze, plan, order and schedule deliveries of raw material and packaging items needed to meet the production schedules.
  • Enter approved purchase order requisitions for materials, components, equipment and other miscellaneous items needed to meet the facility needs.
  • Establish strategies to improve supply chain and solve shortage issues.
  • Apply cost effective measures as related to support standard cost and make/buy decisions.
  • Continually assess market conditions which may affect procurement and recommend procurement and materials management strategy changes.
  • Source and select qualified suppliers. Negotiate pricing using creative strategies to reduce total supply chain cost from the supplier to the consumer.
  • Convert demand requirements for products and services into detailed plans and schedules for inventory acquisition.
  • Monitor incoming freight and handling costs for all raw materials.
  • Implement raw material and packaging changes, coordinating transition from old to new inventories, minimizing disposal costs.
  • Lead invoice reconciliation efforts with Accounts Payable to ensure timely payment.
  • Develop and maintain professional supplier relationships while monitoring material quality non-conformance incidents and coordinating the return and credit process.

Inventory Management (20%)

  • Act as a liaison between supplier and facility when non-conforming material is received to rectify the issue.
  • Expedite orders as necessary. Identify actual and potential delivery problems and take proactive steps to inform appropriate parties
  • Implement improvement processes to reduce inventory and non-value added work
  • Execute strategies to achieve the best results for pricing, logistics, inventory and payment terms
  • Follow up on deliveries and ensure on time delivery requirements.
  • Review production and lead-time forecasting and delivery dates.
  • Monitor, analyze, and report material variances to standard cost. Interface with Accounting, Manufacturing Engineering and Production to establish standard costs.

Will be required to perform other duties as requested, assigned, directed


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, supply chain management, or related field preferred or equivalent experience.  APICS or ISM certification desirable.     
  • 3 to 5 years of planning or procurement experience. Experience in purchasing, logistics, warehouse operations and customer service a plus.  
  • Proficient in Microsoft based applications such as Word and Excel required

Blommer Chocolate Company provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Company Overview

  • Website
  • Headquarters SEATTLE, WA
  • Size 200 - 500
  • Founded 1939
  • Type
  • Revenue $500M - $1B
  • Industry Hospitality & Leisure
  • About blommer chocolate company
  • A Fully Integrated Chocolate Supplier Blommer Chocolate Company is the largest cocoa processor and ingredient chocolate supplier in North America. With four strategically located manufacturing facilities in North America, the company provides comprehensive business solutions for domestic and international customers of all sizes in the confectionery, baking and dairy industries. Among Blommer's core competencies are cocoa bean processing, chocolate manufacturing, commodity risk management, and product and process R&D. The company is a leader in advancing sustainable cocoa farming, playing an ac ... tive role in the World Cocoa Foundation and promoting sustainable farming practices through its privately managed programs in Cote d'Ivoire, Indonesia and Ecuador. Founded in 1939, the family owned and operated company maintains an outstanding reputation for customer service and quality. More

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