Buyer/Inventory Manager

Argo Tea • Chicago, IL 60601

Posted 4 months ago

Job Description

Argo Tea - Argo Tea is quickly becoming a household name, with over 50 locations across the US and internationally, since opening our first cafe in 2003. Recognized in a New York Times feature article as a "distinctive brand that has captured the palate of young professionals," our offerings include all natural tea-based signature drinks and a line of ready-to-drink bottled beverages that can also be found in our cafs as well as in the finest grocery retailers across the country. Founded and headquartered in Chicago, IL, we have cafs in Chicago, New York, and many other cities in the United States and internationally. We have retail partners across the globe, and our products are available for distribution in foodservice, retail and hospitality companies.

We are passionate about bringing teas directly from growers around the world and blending them into unique and delicious signature beverages and teas. We are committed to being a sustainable business by working with the best local and global tea, coffee, and food artisans and by contributing back to our communities to promote a healthy lifestyle and the conservation of natural resources. We are dedicated to delivering consistent quality and a genuine customer experience "one customer and one cup at a time" and to providing the "Argo experience" through our innovative approach of rediscovering the diversity and tradition of teas. We promote diversity by empowering our employees and leveraging our customers' feedback, which together results in the best products, people, and business.

Key ResponsibiliTEAs:
Forecast sales demand and build the procurement plan
Place purchase orders with suppliers according to the companys procurement plan
Monitor the status of orders and follow up with suppliers in the event of delays or delivery errors; communicate product availability/supplier issues
Manage Receiving, Cycle Counts and other inventory management processes, monitor proper procedures and controls to ensure timely and accurate reporting of inventory at all times
Manage item maintenance, including product launches, seasonal rollouts, substitutions, sun setting, transitions, vendor and pricing changes
Develop relationships with key suppliers/subcontractors to achieve the greatest business results
Negotiate with the companys suppliers and vendors, create bid packages and negotiate contracts; provide support to supply chain management TEAm
Act as escalation point for supply chain related issues
Make continuous improvements in lead times and inventory control; participate in identifying and implementing process enhancements
Develop and maintain positive relationships with broadliner distributors, vendors and 3PL partners, lead the vendor selection and qualification process; monitor the performance including quality, pricing, product availability, lead times
Collaborate with fulfillment manager on exporting and logistics for Argo Tea international and domestic licensee partners
Collaborate with Finance TEAm to resolve any vendor issues as needed
Adhere to the companys processes, ensuring compliance to all internal SOPs
Provide and support excellent service by exhibiting a positive attitude and enthusiasm toward the job and company in all forms of communication
NOTE: This job description should not be construed to contain every function/responsibility that may be required to be performed by an employee in this job. Associates are required to perform other related functions as assigned.

Bachelors Degree or higher
5-7 years of experience working with inventory management and procurement systems
Strong financial and business acumen
Strong communication and negotiation skills
Strong organizational skills, ability to balance multiple priorities and meet deadlines
Ability to analyze, create and implement processes
Ability to perform comprehensive financial analyses
Ability to research and analyze pricing and commodity trend data
Prior experience of product sourcing from Europe and Asia is a plus
Experience working with purchasing software, forecasting and requirements planning packages
Experience with SAP and Demand Management is a plus

Job Details

Location:  Chicago, IL 60601

Employment Type:   Full-Time

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