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Purchasing Agent

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Date: Oct 20, 2021

Location: Hamilton, ON, CA, L8N 8GK

Company: Bunge

This position will act as the single point of contact towards the internal customer for procurement related questions; manager local purchasing requests in collaboration with the sourcing and category management organization and guarantee efficient contact implementation/acceptance on site. This position reports to the Purchasing Manager with a dotted line to the plant manager.



Core Functions:

  • Manage local purchasing process and according to defined strategies and frameworks
  • Verify purchasing request quality and correct buying channel, align with end users on missing specification.
  • Execute local purchase requisitions
  •  Identify and advise customers on possible modification from original requests ( eg. More cost effective alternative exists)
  • Screen potential suppliers through basic Request for information/Proposal process
  • Select a supplier according to the defined strategy in the category
  • Process requisition via purchase order or purchasing card
  • Follow-up on purchase orders
  • Be aware of purchase request processing guidelines for all categories to allow for flexible work allocation
  • Collaborate with local planning function(s) on production schedule and MRP min/max levels
  • Ensure local purchase requisitions approvals are defined and followed
  • Manage the Procurement functions at a site(s)
  • Be an expert in understanding local catalog content relevant for a particular site and ensure familiarity with relevant category instructions detailing buying procedures, preferred suppliers etc. for the sites.
  • Ensure the use of the procurement procedures by internal customers at the site if necessary, inform      internal customers about required changes and/or preferred alternative buying channels
  • Guarantee efficient us of the purchasing systems by all the users providing them assistance when necessary
  • Act as a coordinator between the local stakeholders and the procurement organization
  • Identify, track, and report locally generated savings
  • Manage and coordinate with local and Regional External Suppliers
  • Source and negotiate pricing for all maintenances supplier and services not covered by strategic sourcing agreement
  • Ensure all purchase material and services are delivered on time to support a 24/7 plant operation
  • Coordinate contract implementation tasks with category managers and stakeholders
  • Coordinate and participate in the execution of the implementation plan
  • Promote the use of global/regional contracts
  • Ensure purchases comply with defined preferred suppliers program and are in line with defined challenge strategy
  • Support strategic coursing initiatives upon request by the Center of Expertise or Sourcing Manager during the sourcing process
  • Provide input on local spending situation and category practices
  • Provide insights on local supplier market
  • Engages local stakeholders to identify and local requirements (legal, QA/regulatory, customer, specifications, etc.)
  • Support local supplier qualification assessment
  • Support on-going spot buy reduction initiatives locally
  • Ensure purchasing involvement in 85+% of all local non-commodity, non-logistics spend
  • Highlight potential for catalogue and contract creation based on recurrent free text requested
  • Perform additional job responsibilities as a directed by Purchasing Manager.
  • Support for other facilities when required.


Skill/Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, in relent discipline; high school diploma required
  • Minimum of two-five years relevant purchasing experience required
  • Strong analytical thinking (understand complex subjects, decompose into comparable components, structures evaluation and documentation)
  • Thorough understanding of defined procurement P2P process
  • Local supplier market awareness (for signed commodities) and product/ service portfolio insights
  • Basic sourcing ( methodology) understanding including total Cost Ownership, Risk Management and Saving/ Benefit monitoring
  • Familiar with the letter and spirit of the laws applicable to purchasing and supply management
  • Proficiency in SAP considered an asset
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong Interpersonal skills, intelligent, Collaborative
  • Good computer skills, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and SAP
  • Proven ability to work independently, with minimal supervision

Bunge (NYSE: BG) is a world leader in sourcing, processing and supplying oilseed and grain products and ingredients. Founded in 1818, Bunge’s expansive network feeds and fuels a growing world, creating sustainable products and opportunities for more than 70,000 farmers and the consumers they serve across the globe. The company is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and has 25,000 employees worldwide who stand behind more than 350 port terminals, oilseed processing plants, grain facilities, and food and ingredient production and packaging facilities around the world.


Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or military or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.  Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled

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