Job Title: Purchasing Specialist
Industry Sector: Natural/Organic Food & Beverage
Job Categories: Purchasing / Sourcing

 Contact Information
Company Name: Navitas Organics
  Address: 15 Pamaron Way Suite A
Novato, CA 94949
United States
  Company Phone: 415-883-8116
Web Site:

Job Description
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The Position: Purchasing Specialist

Who we are:

Navitas (Nah-V'-tas) is Latin for energy, and it certainly describes how we operate. We're a fast moving, hard-working, friendly crew who care about our team just as much as we care about the superfood plants that feed and sustain us. Fast growth means hard work and the need for lots of superfoods. Our blenders are always mixing up superfood concoctions to keep us going and we take every opportunity to tell you about the benefits of our many products. We cultivate an environment where we each get a chance to be ourselves and do the work we enjoy. We like to eat superfoods and practice yoga at the office just as much as we love a good sports game and happy hour. Most importantly, we are all aligned around the premium, organic superfoods we create and making them available to more people. Our team of over 100 is based in Marin County, California, just 20 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Our 50+ products are now sold at more than 5,000 stores in the US, Canada and abroad.

Position Summary:

The Procurement Specialist is responsible for managing production and non-production related sourcing activities for the company. This will include the responsibility to identify and evaluate suppliers, recommend products and required order quantities, monitor supplier compliance, negotiate price and terms for all materials and supplies, as well as place purchase orders and expedite to ensure on time receipts that meet the company’s needs. The Procurement Specialist will work closely with a variety of internal departments as well as external partners.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage all day-to-day purchasing functions
  • Ensure uniformity of all materials and suppliers and take advantage of quantity price breaks, where appropriate
  • Gather and analyze data, including sales and inventory levels, identify suppliers, and stay current on issues that could affect supply and demand
  • Forecast costs of required materials and supplies
  • Research and evaluate suppliers to recommend whether the company should do business with them, as well as determining availability of supply and terms of sales
  • Maintain records of goods ordered and received
  • Influence the development of, and execute according to, company’s purchasing and contract management policies and procedures
  • Collaborate with other departments to influence, formulate and implement purchasing related procedures, as required
  • Monitor spending to ensure that expenditures are consistent with approved guidelines, orders and budgets
  • Work with management to undertake special projects as requested

Position-Specific Qualifications

  • Be a genuine Navitas Organics ambassador, who exemplifies the Navitas Organics culture and values in all communications and interactions
  • Be flexible and available to interact and connect with people at all levels in the organization
  • Good project management and financial skills
  • Create and apply best practice solutions for supply chain processes
  • Self-confident, collaborative, knowlegeable and an analytical thinker
  • Possess solid organizational skills
  • Must be action-focus and detailed oriented
  • Be able to prioritize multiple requests, projects and project timelines
  • Be self-directed, motivated and able to work autonomously

Leadership Skills Required

  • Takes ownership and responsibility for actions, behaviors and contributions
  • A creative problem-solver and a “can-do” attitude
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple responsiblities and changing business needs in a fast-paced consumer product goods company
  • Ability to influence and manage various internal and external groups without having direct authority
  • Good judment and a sense of urgency
  • Able to deliver honest feedback in a way that is positive to the group dynamic and process
  • Understands the context of business decisions, weighing risk versus reward against the efficient use of limited resouces
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Outstanding collaboration skills at all levels of an organization

Technical Expertise Required

  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office and related applications, specifically Outlok, Excel, and Word. Basic understanding of PowerPoint
  • Experience with NetSuite or similar ERP systems

Education/Training Required

  • Minimum 3 years consumer packaged goods or food industry experience required
  • Minimum 3 years supply chain experience required
  • Must be organized and have a high level of attention to detail
  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field or equivalent business experience is required
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Travel Required

  • Minimum travel

Job Location: SAN Francisco, CA
Country: United States
Position Type: Full Time
Employee May Telecommute: No
Job seekers must live within: No preference
Required to Relocate: No
Required to Travel:
Minimum Experience Required: 3-5 years

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