Sr. Buyer, Logistics


Are you looking for a new role? The Krusteaz Company is looking for a Sr. Buyer, Logistics to join the team! This position is accountable for the development and execution of procurement strategies fulfilling The Krusteaz Company's (KCO) distribution and transportation requirements. Responsibilities include optimizing third-party logistics (3PL) and less than truckload (LTL) networks, sourcing third-party logistics (3PL) and less than truckload (LTL) solutions, and supervising supplier performance. This role includes a combination of tactical and strategic work focused on expanding The Krusteaz Company's temperature-controlled and ambient distribution capabilities.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.
  • Optimizes Distribution and less than truckload (LTL) network cost and service with a budgeted spend of $15+ million annually.
  • Sources Distribution suppliers to expand service capabilities and create competitive price advantages.
  • Supervise temperature-controlled distribution suppliers to ensure they understand and achieve Key Performance Indicator targets.
  • Manages service-exception processes and leads corrective action and risk mitigation measures.
  • Responsible for financial month-end reconciliation processes.
  • Maintains Logistics' service provider agreements and ensures payments are made in a timely and accurate manner. Analyzes monthly expense variance to budgets and determines causes.
  • Supports Sales, Operations and Finance cross-functionally by providing accurate and timely transportation cost and service information.

Position Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals qualified with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Self-directed, driven, and takes initiative to drive continuous improvement.
  • Excellent problem solving with strong math, data, and analytical skills.
  • Ability to make informed decisions and effectively implement solutions.
  • Ability to work cross-functionally, influence without authority, and establish effective working relationships with all levels-inside and outside of the organization.
  • Ability to model historical and future supplier costs in Excel.
  • Supply Chain experience, to include:
  • Understanding of warehousing and transportation processes
  • Less than truckload (LTL) pricing and payment
  • Supplier performance supervision
  • Supplier sourcing
  • Strong aptitude for working in systems; experience with ERP, WMS, and TMS systems.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Education and/or Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in business, logistics, or equivalent experience.
  • Eight years progressive working experience in Supply Chain; preferably with two years of experience in logistics management.
  • Demonstrated temperature-controlled distribution and supplier knowledge with exposure to contractual agreements.
  • APICS/WERC/CSCMP/LSS knowledge.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone along with reaching. Specific vision abilities include close vision requirements due to computer work. Moderate noise, ability to work in a confined area, and ability to sit at a computer for an extended period of time are also included.

Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. This position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope, but not limit our employees nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of the company.

The policy of The Krusteaz Company is to hire, train, and promote all persons in all job groups in accordance with law, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital or military status, national origin, gender identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, genetic information, or any other status or characteristic protected by local, state, or federal law.

Get to know us:
  • A people-focused company that cares​: We're a 90-year-old company with the entrepreneurial spirit of a startup and a focused eye on the future. As a midsized, privately-held company with a portfolio of beloved food and beverage brands, our people are the most important ingredient in our success.
  • A valued and supported workforce​: We place tremendous value in our employees and provide competitive pay and comprehensive benefits to ensure our employees can create the best life for themselves. Benefits include a top tier health insurance plan with lower-than-average employee cost share, generous PTO, 401(k) match, and more.
  • An engaged and energized culture​: At The Krusteaz Company, collaboration and ingenuity drive our fierce commitment to creating extraordinary product experiences that people love.
  • A place to grow and make a difference: An entrepreneurial spirit has been at the core of our company since the beginning, attracting self-starters who are curious and love to learn and to share ideas.

Hybrid Work Model: At The Krusteaz Company, we have in-office "core days" of Tuesdays and Wednesdays where all corporate employees are expected to be onsite. Monday, Thursdays, and Fridays are flexible remote days to allow for work/life balance. You may be asked to come in outside of a core day from time to time, based on business needs. We have found aligning our scheduled in-office days provides opportunity for employees to build connections and collaborate together.

Benefits: We are proud to offer generous benefits including comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance (starting at $45/month for employee only coverage), 401(K) matching, 3 weeks of paid vacation, 10 paid holidays, company provided life insurance and disability insurance, flexible spending account and tuition reimbursement.

Salary Information:
  • An employee in this position can expect a salary range between $79,397 and $130,1998. We typically pay out between $89,000 and $114,000. The actual salary offered will carefully consider a wide range of factors, including internal equity, experience, education, certification, training, and location. All positions are eligible for additional incentives based on business performance.

We hope you'll take the time to get to know us!