Dairy Commodity Buyer

Reference Number: vxbdairybuyer
Location: Dakota, IL

The Dairy Commodity Buyer will utilize a team based approach to identify and procure dairy products.  Throughout all activities, the Dairy Commodity Buyer will consistently demonstrate fiscal responsibility by negotiating pricing, delivery, and terms to our client's advantage.  The Dairy Commodity Buyer will also demonstrate a high level understanding of cash flow impact by reducing exposure on customer specific components, keeping inventories low, and ensuring all production needs are met. This position will ensure that all programs, procedures, requirements, practices and safety will be followed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Include the following. Other duties may be assigned to meet business needs. The role represents another critical step in the growth of our client and requires high caliber, capable and dynamic candidates.

The role will have full responsibility for purchasing and selling of dairy products and the continued development of existing and new B2B and B2C relationships along with:

  • Purchasing and selling of dairy products/dairy commodities.
  • Active account management and relationship development with manufactures and customers.
  • Support the Commercial team in sales transaction by ensuring dairy products are available to sell.
  • Assist and support the development of new value add business including the foodservice range.
  • Development and contribution to long term strategic planning.
  • Manage vendor releases to ensure manufacturing needs are met
  • Administer label inventory to ensure reduced exposure of customer specific components
  • Order and stock all necessary non-stock materials, including but not limited to, office supplies, paper, glues, and other manufacturing supplies as requested by Operations
  • Monitor production schedule to ensure all materials are available as needed; communicate plans for any shortages to procurement and operations team
  • Utilize production forecast to determine raw materials needs; order as necessary to meet needs and keep inventory values low
  • Utilize production forecast to determine dairy needs; issue purchase orders and release for shipment to ensure production needs are met
  • Work in conjunction with customers on getting customer supplied ingredients and materials for production runs
  • Attend all meetings that are necessary.   
  • Perform spend, contract and market analysis for assign categories 
  • Conduct bid events, prepare bid analysis, make sourcing recommendations to strategic sourcing managers 
  • Generate materials in support of presentation, workshops and negotiations 
  • Provide necessary inputs for supply agreements and monitor compliance.
  • Manage supplier performance
  • Ensure adherence and compliance to procurement processes and policies
  • Develop and execute sourcing strategies for assigned categories.
  • Stakeholder communication and management
  • Drive aggressive productivity goals and create pipeline of projects
  • Supplier Audits and Supplier Quality Expectations compliance




  • Bachelor's degree required (Ag Econ or Economic desired) 
  • 2-3 years' experience with Dairy Commodity Buying, commodities and/or procurement experience required.
  • Strong analytical skills (statistics, economics, modeling, strong Excel capabilities) 
  • Organizational skills (handling workload and complexity) 
  • Presentation skills (proficiency in Power Point and comfortable presenting to groups)
  • Ability to interface with wide variety of business situations and all levels of management, trade groups, conventions, etc.) 
  • Negotiations and influencing skills Strong communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Problem solving and decision making skills 
  • Proficient in MS Office, Excel and PowerPoint.
  •  Knowledge of dairy industry desired 
  • Commodities/risk management experience desired 


Please submit your resume to victoria@pointonerecruiting.com for consideration