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Summary of Job Descriptions:
The Purchasing Manager (Multiple Categories) is responsible for achieving optimal arrangements related to purchasing multiple categories (protein, beverage, grocery, dairy etc.).  This position executes the selection, evaluation, and negotiation for PRG multi-concept items, ensuring that the suppliers selected fit Panda’s culture and philosophy, have the necessary capacity, and provide the items at the best price and highest quality.  This position leads staff within SCM involved with purchasing multiple categories.
 
You’ll get a chance to:
•    Executes the company’s purchasing arrangements in support of its business strategy and plan. Identifies suppliers and arranges optimal contracts in terms of pricing, quality, timing, and supply availability over the term of the contract.  Advises senior leadership on the availability of specific products and pricing, pre-qualifying new suppliers and facilities in terms of price, capacity, and quality.  Ensures costs are within budget.
•    Assists the Sr. Purchasing Manager in the design and execution of the three to five year supply chain strategic plan, anticipating business requirements.  The plan includes identifying supplier sources, their purchasing capacity, and any legal/tariff issues.  Informs the Senior Purchasing Manager and senior leaders on industry issues, such as government regulations, Act of God situations, mergers, acquisitions, personnel changes, new item introduction, etc.
•    Recruits, selects, and develops an effective SCM team for multiple item purchasing.  Provides leadership, coaching, and development to the team to meet the department’s people planning and development goals.
•    Identifies new suppliers to support future growth.  Attends industry conferences to identify potential domestic and international suppliers and gain industry insights.  Evaluates potential suppliers in coordination with FSQA to ensure safety for consumption.  Negotiates with new suppliers over cost and collaborates with logistics to bringing products into distribution. 
•    Maintains a strong professional relationship between suppliers and the company.  Communicates with suppliers concerning all aspects of the partnership including PRG philosophy and growth plans and aligns suppliers with Panda to support our growth.  Evaluates the effectiveness and fitness of suppliers to determine our procurement strategy.
•    Manages and supports cross-functional projects with departments such as Product Development, FSQA, Marketing, Legal, Finance and and Logistics related to product testing, promotional calendar, food safety (audits conducted by FSQA), quality feedback from Operations, and phasing in products within distribution.  
•    Supports company special events in terms of sponsorship and procurement. May solicit suppliers as potential sponsors of charity events.
•    Tracks commodities markets on prices and supply, and determines strategy and direction for optimal procurement program.
 
How we reward you:
  • Hybrid Work schedule
  • 401K with company match
  • Yearly bonus opportunity
  • Full medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • On-site fitness center, biometric screen, and flu shot clinic
  • Discounts at Panda restaurants, theme parks, and gym memberships
  • Paid time off starting at 15 days with 7 federal holidays
  • Continuous education assistance and scholarships
  • Income protection including Disability, Life and AD&D insurance
  • Bereavement leave
Your background & experience:
If hired, must provide proof of full vaccination on your start date, unless prohibited by federal, state, or local law.  Full vaccination means two weeks or more have passed after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series, or more than two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine.  Examples of proof of full vaccination include an original, photocopied, or digital completed vaccination card which includes your name, type of vaccine provided, and date last dose administered.
Bachelor’s degree required or equivalent experience
Minimum seven years of experience in Supply Chain Management, preferably in a multi-unit food service and/or manufacturing organization 
 
Panda Strong since 1983
Founded in Glendale, California, we are now the largest family-owned American Chinese Restaurant concept in America. With close to 2,000 locations globally, we continue our mission of delivering exceptional Asian dining experiences by building an organization where people are inspired to better their lives. Whether it’s impacting our team or the communities we work in, we’re proud to be an organization that embraces family values.
 
You’re wanted here
We value diversity in all forms and know the strength it brings. Workplace equality allows for creative ideas to blossom, diverse points of view to be heard, and improves overall happiness. We like the sound of that.
 Panda Restaurant Group, Inc is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Regardless of your race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, veteran status, you are welcome here.
 
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