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AeroFarms is the commercial leader in vertical controlled environment agriculture and is seeking a Buyer reporting to the Purchasing Manager with exceptional interpersonal skills, strong attention to detail with great motivation and drive.  The candidate has a superior work experience and a proven record of success.

The Company

AeroFarms is dedicated to enabling local production at commercial scale in different markets throughout the world.  Specifically, we are focused on developing local farms that grow flavorful, safe, pesticide-free produce that can be easily traced from source to farm(s) through a simple and transparent supply chain.  As we scale, we are looking for dedicated people who can help us address our global food crisis and fundamentally transform agriculture.

AeroFarms is building a brand new state-of-the-art facility in Newark, NJ that will be the world’s largest indoor vertical farm for leafy greens and herbs and will serve the NY Metro area.  To support substantial interest from national retailers, AeroFarms plans a significant scaling of the business, including facilities in additional cities in the near-term.  In addition to North America, the company also has farms under development in other regions of the world.

Role

You will report to the Purchasing Manager and will assist in the administration of the company’s purchasing efforts. The position will require excellent communication and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

The position will experience significant exposure to various aspects of the company’s business and to senior management through projects and assignments.  Main activities to include:

Daily Tasks:

 

  • Request quotes, negotiate prices and process Purchase Orders based on requisitions received
  • Vendor confirmation
  • Accurate expected delivery date updates
  • Collaboration with Accounts Payable to ensure payment. Resolve receiving discrepancies, invoices and supplier returns in a timely and complete manner
  • Maintain PO system data to effectively generate suggested POs
  • Maintain necessary required vendor documents (electronic and physical) such as W-9’s, indemnities, tax exemption forms etc.
  • Provide timely and appropriate material availability information to internal customers
  • Work closely with internal customers to communicate, follow up and help with issues related to purchased goods and services
  • Negotiate Pricing Programs as directed by the Purchasing Manager
  • Build and maintain vendor relationships to not only support PO fulfillment, but also negotiate volume discounts and price breaks wherever possible

 Experience

 

 

  • Minimum 6 months Purchasing Experience

Knowledge

 

  • Logical negotiation thought process. Strong understanding of managing cost, customers and supplier relationships

Required Skills

 

  • Basic math skills
  • Proficient Computer skills  including Microsoft Office ( Word, Excel)
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision)

Desired Skills

 

  • Ability to perform cost analysis
  • Ability to analyze blueprints

Degree

 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Purchasing or related field or equivalent experience
  • Position factors
  • Ability to work in an open office environment
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