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Supply Chain Buyer

About this Job:

Christensen Farms, a progressive, family-owned swine business, is the fourth largest producer in the United States. Located throughout the upper Midwest, CF has operations in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, and South Dakota. A leader in food production for more than 25 years, Christensen Farms is an organization that offers an ever-evolving, highly collaborative and challenging work environment. We believe in hiring talented people to help us in our mission to deliver a high quality, safe and wholesome pork product to consumers while giving each of our employees the opportunity to be a part of an outstanding and professional work setting.

Christensen Farms is currently seeking a Supply Chain Buyer – Operations to join the Supply Chain team. Christensen Farms is looking for a business savvy individual who has interest in collaborating with key production and operations professionals within the organization while working in a fast paced atmosphere. The supply chain buyer will focus on all aspects of purchasing, distribution and cost analysis/reporting. The position requires strong interpersonal skills, creative problem solving, project management skills, as well as the ability to work in a team atmosphere.

Position Overview:

The position of Operations Buyer is responsible for coordinating and executing purchasing, distribution & inventory management for production, operations and business inputs. The primary focus of this role will align with multiple areas which could include, pharmaceuticals, supplies, energy, parts and materials, equipment and fleet, as well as services necessary to the business. This role strives to assure supply and achieve optimal value of spend while working as a key partner to the Operations Manager.

Additionally, this role requires strong attention to detail, following procedures in a fast paced environment. Responsibilities include cost analytics, report preparation, contract reconciliation, and coordination of quarterly bids. Ability to think strategically and focus on value creation while supporting internal departments and ensuring their needs are being met by our suppliers.

This role requires the ability to manage projects from creation to completion in a timely and efficient manner. This individual must act as a subject matter expert (SME) for supply chain initiatives and for any ERP processes and enhancements. Based on the diverse work, responsibilities will be aligned to meet the operational work flow requirements. This may require contributing to or support of other supply chain responsibilities.

Major Areas of Responsibility:


  • Research, evaluate, and purchase supplies, services, equipment based on price, service, quality and requirements of the business.
  • Recognize market fluctuations & capitalize on advantageous buying decisions.
  • Auditing of vendor contracts and performance.
  • Coordinate with Accounting to mitigate invoice issues
  • Standardization of process, pricing and supply chain mechanics.
  • Manage Christensen Farm Items catalogs for pricing and item optimization
  • Order entry into ERP/P2P system
  • Assist/Lead Supplier Relationship Management to drive efficiencies within vendor community
  • Communication liaison with key suppliers.
  • Ability to leverage Christensen Farm’s presence in the market, demonstrated value, commitment, and mutually beneficial partnerships.


  • Create RFPs to achieve Total Cost of Ownership based on stakeholder needs
  • Document needs and requirements from stakeholders
  • Excellent negotiation skills, execution of Negotiation plan.
  • Project Management skills to manage medium to large scale projects
  • Understanding of the industry dynamics
  • Category Planning to document history, market, risk, needs, and strategy


  • Ability to resolve delivery shortfalls.
  • Coordination between supplier and end user while ensuring deadlines are met.
  • Strong logistical knowledge focused on least cost while maintaining delivery integrity.
  • Clear and concise delivery directions and requirements in coordination with suppliers and drivers.
  • Analyses optimal performance of distribution to balance biosecurity versus cost of delivery

Cost Analysis/Reporting:

  • Ability to create projections based on historic spend, consumption, and supplier utilization.
  • Contribute to KPI and dashboard inputs.
  • Assist Accounting, Analysts, and Production with costs, projections. and reporting
  • Ability to gather market intelligence to fully understanding market dynamics for a category or product
  • Total Cost of Ownership understanding to fully implement the least cost method of ownership

A minimum of 3-5 years of specific experience related to the position. Experience and knowledge in supply chain, purchasing, inventory management and logistics preferred. Knowledge of distribution pricing, the swine industry, and veterinarian requirements a plus. A four year college degree in economics, agricultural economics, business administration, or agriculture desired. Candidate will exhibit the following competencies; ability to think quickly, negotiate, analytical skills, teamwork, project management, attention to detail, communication, energy and follow through. Proficient in Microsoft Office, specifically Excel.

Job Requirements:

Hearing must be good to have the ability to understand information to perform job duties
Vision must be good or corrected to normal to perform normal job duties.
Ability to read and write in English in order to process paperwork and infer any follow-up action necessary.
Sitting for extended periods of time.
Manual dexterity needed for keyboarding and other repetitive tasks.

Work Environment:

Must be able to work in climate-controlled, office environment.

Supervision of Others


Reports To

Supply Chain Purchasing Manager, Operations

How to apply:

Apply online by clicking HERE or call 1-800-889-8531 for more information.
Or click on the BLUE “Apply for this Job” button to email your resume. Please state Christensen Farms and the job title as the subject of your email application.

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