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Buyer - MRO

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota

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Schwan’s Company, a U.S. affiliate of the global lifestyle company CJ CheilJedang Corporation, is a leading U.S. manufacturer and marketer of quality foods offered through retail-grocery and food-service channels. Its many popular brands include Red Baron®, Tony’s®, Big Daddy’s®, Villa Prima™ and Freschetta® pizza; Mrs. Smith’s® and Edwards® desserts; and Pagoda® Asian-style snacks. To learn more about Schwan’s, visit

We are hiring a MRO Buyer for our SFC, Global Supply Chain team in Bloomington, MN. As a Buyer you will be responsible for purchasing a broad spectrum of goods or services for the company. The position is accountable for researching, negotiating, and procuring within the MRO platform.

What you will get from us:

  • Opportunity to work on exciting, strategic projects in partnership with key leaders: showcase your business acumen and modeling skills to make a big impact on the profitable growth of your book of business.
  • Direct line of communication to the Chief Procurement Officer, plant and corporate leadership.
  • Opportunities for career growth with a well-established food company. For the right candidate, Buyer role is a starting point on the path to a Sr. Buyer
  • A culture focused on ensuring the health, safety and well-being of its employees
  • Support and mentorship from team members who are authentic, good-natured and highly skilled
  • Competitive wages, incentive pay and a comprehensive package of benefits


  • Leads complex negotiations with key suppliers along with clear communication to internal stakeholders. 
  • Tracks and monitors the category for impact to pricing & supply. 
  • Negotiates and secures desired quantities and varieties at lowest feasible costs that meet quality specifications and plant production requirements. 
  • Responsible for material rates and operational impacts 
  • Delivers category rate and risk assessment and associated communication for their assigned materials to appropriate stakeholders 
  • Actively leads supplier quality for goods or services to ensure delivery of contracted products/services meet contracted expectations. 
  • Resolves QCD (quality cost delivery) issues with key customers (manufacturing marketing R&D and sales). 
  • Monitors and tracks supplier performance cost savings and continuous improvement and develops and implements the solutions to address issues 
  • Creates the category supplier strategy in concert with Director. 
  • Accountable to drive results in Price Rate and Risk Management Project Execution Raw Material Quality Supplier Service Supplier Product Innovation


Education: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent

Years of Related Experience: 2-5 years of related experience


  • The desire to make a meaningful difference. Must be self-motivated with the ability to work independently. We are looking for talent that competes to win and is focused on continuous improvement and cost savings 
  • Authentic leader: direct communicator, able to build strong relationships across the business units, at all levels
  • Must have great collaboration skills, with the ability to effectively lead cross-functional teams. 
  • Excellent business acumen and a passion to innovate
  • Intermediate PC skills including Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook 
  • Intermediate proficiency in data generation and numeric analytical skills 
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing via reports business correspondence and procedure manuals
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area circumference, and volume 
  • Good communication skills both verbally and in writing
  • The ability to manage multiple assignments, meet deadlines, achieve objectives, and manage confidential information


Job Type: Exempt Business Unit: Req #: 21005142

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  • Big Daddy's
  • Edwards
  • Mrs. Smith's
  • MINH
  • Red Baron
  • Freschetta
  • Pagoda
  • Tony's