Procurement Sourcing Specialist - Nutraceutical/Food Industry

  • Location
    Carlsbad , California
  • Category
    Medical & Science - Pharmaceutical Preclinical Development
  • Job type

Procurement Sourcing Specialist - Nutraceutical/Food Industry


This position is responsible for managing and coordinating all raw material related projects including, but not limited to, raw material sourcing and qualification, evaluation of technical information, facilitation of the documentation process, regulatory assessment and NAI specification requirements compliance.

Select new and/or replacement ingredients and new and/or replacement suppliers to maintain competitive pricing, meet production and customer requirements. Analyze the market place and material supply to improve quality, and reduce cost. Lead special projects as necessary.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Perform ongoing sourcing and sourcing process management of new and/or replacement raw materials or suppliers to meet production and customer requirements.
Manage sourcing and sample approval processing for existing ingredients necessary to accomplish company objectives, including alternate sources.
Monitor raw material sample submissions from suppliers and track progress through the approval process. Prioritize items as necessary.
Evaluate the suppliers on existing raw material specifications for determining their suitability for inclusion for replacement and/or new ingredients.
Coordinate specification development in conjunction with Quality and Analytical Laboratory.
Recommend changes to management regarding supplier sourcing opportunities. Maintain tactical and strategic relationships with suppliers.
Evaluate raw material information such as pricing and market trends. React to supply issues by informing leadership of all options that are available to assist with maintaining or improving established costs.
Assist R&D and Regulatory departments on raw material technical issues and/or qualification of existing/replacement raw materials.
Assist in resolving non-conformance items through internal and external processes including corrective action process and pursue continuous improvement.
Discuss defective or other non-compliant material with Quality personnel and others to determine root cause of problem and the corrective action required.
Price and review new quotes.
Represent the Purchasing department in interdepartmental meetings and cross-functional teams.
Interact with all departments throughout the company.
Must be a self-starter and be able to work in conjunction and independently of others in the department.


Bachelor's degree in Life Sciences or related fields with 5 plus years previous work experience in the nutritional supplement or food industry in technical and project management areas is required.
Ability to work with minimal supervision.
Strong written and oral communication skills; must be able to communicate with all levels of the organization.
Effective interpersonal, negotiation, and decision-making skills.
Must be highly organized & disciplined about completing tasks within deadlines.
Ability to manage multiple tasks where changing priorities is necessary.
Knowledge of material management and MRP systems. Prior Baan system experience is a plus.
Must be proficient with computer applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel.
Must have analytical laboratory or manufacturing experience in the food, nutritional supplement or related industries.
Statistical analysis skills; must be able to analyze trends and statistical data and make appropriate decisions and recommendations.
Strong commitment to ongoing process improvements and being an integral part of the success of the organization.

If you are interested in this Procurement Specialist job in Caralsbad, CA then please click APPLY NOW. If you have questions about the position or would like more information please contact Randy Williamson at 858-812-2601 or by email at

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