Procurement Recruiters | Supply Chain Recruiters | Purchasing Agent

Kappa Search Inc. is a Chicago recruiting firm that specializes in manufacturing, operations and supply chain recruitment and placement. We are recruiting for a Purchasing Agent with food industry experience. Responsibilities and requirements as outlined below:


  • The incumbent purchasing agent will review and place purchase orders for all materials, packaging and services.
  • Will evaluate all purchase orders to ensure maximum cost effectiveness for product and transportation costs.
  • Develop and implement purchasing strategies, policies, and procedures that decrease our overall cost without sacrificing quality and delivery times.
  • Collaborate with operations department to establish inventory safety stock levels, reorder amounts, and lead times for all raw materials and finished goods.
  • Interface with Quality Assurance, R&D, and New Product Development to source new and alternative raw ingredients, packaging and finished goods.
  • Establish, build, and maintain relationships with all key vendors.
  • Negotiate pricing, contracts, and payment terms with suppliers.
  • Review and resolve any discrepancies with supplier invoices, grievances, claims, conflicts, product non-conformance or quality issues.
  • Provide raw material, packaging and finished goods projections to key suppliers to ensure product availability on a timely basis.
  • Provide Accounting Department with periodic raw material, packaging and finished goods costs to assist in maintaining product costing, and projected raw material, packaging and finished goods costs for annual price meetings.
  • Proactively participate in the vendor approval process in conjunction with the Quality Assurance Department to qualify new vendors in order to provide optimum protection of the company’s assets with commercially sound contracts.
  • Continually review current means and methods of purchasing and identify process improvements to increase efficiency and accuracy.
  • Collaborate with Inventory Management team to ensure accurate forecasting and inventory planning.
  • Identify vendor opportunities and challenges and ensure appropriate resolution to any challenges that may arise.


  • Must demonstrate a penchant for action, a high level of professionalism, good judgement/decision making and an appropriate level of assertiveness and ambition.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of purchasing
  • Knowledge of administration of vendor contracts or similar agreements
  • Knowledge of applicable laws, rules and regulations regarding purchased product
  • Knowledge of product lines
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects and maintain deadlines.
  • Ability to anticipate challenges and develop plans to prevent and solve them.
  • Ability to see job or project through to completion.
  • Ability to evaluate and source domestic and international suppliers.


  • BS or BA Degree required. Business or Supply Chain preferred
  • 5 – 8 years of related experience
  • Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen and/or 6 Sigma expertise or extensive formal continuous improvement training
  • Experience with price negotiation and purchasing contract terms
  • Demonstrated ability to drive new demand plan process enhancements
  • Solid analytical and problem solving skills sufficient to identify current or potential problems
  • Proven project management skills