Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • Cincinnati


Company Name: Kroger Manufacturing
Position Type: Employee
FLSA Status: Exempt


Position Summary:

Deliver sustainable competitive advantage to Kroger Manufacturing Operations through strategic procurement of quality materials at competitive prices. Strategically manage material costs through competitive bidding, negotiation, identification of alternative material and material sources, while improving levels of supplier quality and service. Perform all jobs safely, efficiently and accurately to maintain and improve the performance of the entire plant in the areas of Safety, Quality, Reliability (SQR) and our Customer 1st strategy. Role model and demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety of others.

Essential Job Functions:

Improve the value equation (price, quality and service) of material purchases.
Assess, mitigate and manage material supply risks.
Leverage aggregated Enterprise volumes and supplier relationships.
Manage and structure the Requests for Information (RFI) and Requests for Proposal (RFP).
Ensure business needs and technology capabilities are linked and maintained.
Lead development of commercial agreements.
Forecast latest estimates and supply availability.
Cultivate and govern supplier relationships. Support supplier diversity initiatives.
Ensure material purchases are covered by Supply Vendor Agreement/Contract (SVA).
Develop strong understanding of market and price trends, monitor competitive factors.
Lead cross-discipline teams.
Collaborate with CFT and CS&I to identify and align expectations.
Monitor spend, and ensure purchases follow process.
Understand and optimize supply base.
Establish category priorities.
Develop, communicate and support corporate sourcing strategy.
Act as change agent in leading the implementation of new sourcing initiatives.
Follow established programs, policies and practices to produce safe quality foods that meet regulatory and company requirements.
Support the development, implementation, maintenance, and ongoing improvement of the SQF 2000 Systems.
Accountable to the Kroger Manufacturing Food Safety and Quality Principles.
Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Minimum Position Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in food science, technical, business management or related field
7+ year’s procurement experience or similar buying experience, strong knowledge of supplier industry specific to position (L-10)
10+ year’s procurement experience or similar buying experience, strong knowledge of supplier industry specific to position (L-11)
Excellent verbal and written communication
Strong negotiation skills
Proficient in Microsoft Office
Excellent leadership qualities
Able to make decisions and implement changes
Strong knowledge of specific supplier industry
Broad comprehension for technical standards associated with raw material
Understand risk management, global economics, supply chain networking, government policy/reports, technical attributes and weather
Desired Previous Job Experience:

Prior Procurement/Sourcing experience
Previously developed and executed buying strategies

Education Level: Bachelor's Required
Required Travel: Up to 25%
Required Certifications/Licenses: None
Position Type: Full-Time
Regions: General Office- Cincinnati


Jobs at Kroger Manufacturing: Through quality products, strong individual commitments and team spirit, Kroger has been established as a leader in the manufacturing industry. Kroger Manufacturing provides career development programs aligned with aspirations in Engineering, Process Management, Information Systems, Quality Assurance, Operations Management, Human Resources, Finance and Procurement. Our work force programs provide technically challenging rotations with cross-functional teams, plants and locations to allow our Associates to learn from some of the brightest minds in the business. Experience and training combined with mentoring and guidance from plant sponsors prepare our Associates with the skills and leadership behaviors needed to achieve a successful career at Kroger.


Company Overview
Kroger Family of Companies employs nearly 443,000 associates who serve customers in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia.  Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order

About the company

Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs more than 339,000 associates who serve customers in 2,425 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The company also operates 789 convenience stores, 337 fine jewelry stores, 1,109 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food processing plants in the U.S. Kroger also operates over 80 “The Little Clinic” retail healthcare sites inside select Kroger, King Sooper and Fry’s stores.

Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations in the communities it serves. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 160 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners. For more information please visit

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