Stone Brewing is seeking an experienced Buyer/Planner who can bring exceptional skills in grower relations and production support to our fast growing company. This person will work within the Supply Chain organization and collaborate and work closely with the Brewing Innovation Team and Production Team to plan materials deliveries, manage vendors, and prevent supply issues. We are looking for a confident and assertive 'out of the box' thinker, one who does things differently (not so cookie cutter!) and who is a craft beer fan!
This position will be responsible for ordering ingredients and supplies, monitoring trends, maintaining vendor and grower relations, negotiating contracts, authorizing payment according to contractual agreements, and participating in the supplier evaluation process.
Material Planning and Procurement
Material planning and replenishment procurement for categories that include ingredients, and supplies such as: Hops and bulk malt contracting, specialty malt ordering, procurement of botanicals and other special ingredients (honey, fruit, spices, herbs, etc.)
Ensure prompt review of all material requirement notices, on-time placement of Purchase Orders, and on-time delivery
Comply with all aspects of Supply Agreements pertaining to timeliness of forecasts, purchase orders, pricing, and contractual minimums
Day to day responsibility for preparing and issuing purchase orders and change notices, monitoring order status, and providing updates as required
Maintain positive Hop grower relations
Effectively communicate with growers via meetings, farm visits, email communications
Attend and participate in industry meetings
Conduct annual crop estimates and farm visits with all growers prior to harvest
Determine and understand costs of production for growers
Seek ways to improve growers’ yields and lower their costs
- Bachelor’s degree in Brewing Science, Agronomy, Agri-Business, or related discipline
- 3+ years procurement/horticulture and/or grower relations experience in the food and beverage industry
- Global experience preferred
- Solid negotiating skills
- Strong analytical and computer skills required. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite: (Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook) required.
- Demonstrated ability to work across all departments in a company.
- Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal skills as well as keen attention to detail.
Stone Brewing Co. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to workforce diversity. M/F/D/V are encouraged to apply.
Pre-employment drug screening, physical, and background check are required.