C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. Team Manager in Edison, New Jersey

Company Overview

C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. , based in Keene, NH, is the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the U.S. and the industry leader in supply chain innovation. Founded in 1918 as a supplier to independent grocery stores, C&S now services customers of all sizes, supplying more than 6,000 independent supermarkets, chain stores, military bases, and institutions with over 150,000 different products. At C&S, We Select the Best® – those with the motivation, pride, and drive to succeed in our fast-paced world.

Working Safely is a Condition of Employment at C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. C&S Wholesale Grocers is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and considers qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

Position Overview

As a Procurement Team Manager , you will direct and coordinate all activities with Associate Buyers, Buyers, and Senior Buyers to maintain contractual and/or company goals for all major accounts, service levels, and inventory levels. In addition, you will be responsible for developing associates via continual coaching, recognizing successes for company, teams, and individual successes, and mentoring against KPIs (Key Performance Indicators), including service levels, turn weeks on hand, dead inventory, and salvage budgets. In this role, you will work with customers, vendors, Ops Planning, Customer Integrators, Account Team, and Demand Planning to solve potential issues. You are also responsible for proactive communication with executive management.


  • Manage buyers and work with customers, vendors, Transportation, Ops Planning, Account Team, Demand Planning, and warehouse facilities to effectively manage service levels while achieving budgeted turn inventory levels.

  • Train, coach, mentor, and provide clear expectations to Associate Buyers, Buyers, Senior Buyers, and Buyer's Assistants in the daily Procurement routine, while providing opportunities for personal and professional growth.

  • Negotiate with vendors and customers to manage flow of inventory, while balancing customer service level requirements, including, but not limited to: developing and implementing action plans on excessive and impaired inventories (e.g. close-coded, 888, leftover ad, etc.).

  • Ensure current and future challenges are proactively analyzed and communicated to internal and external customers.

  • Define and propose solutions and implement corrective actions.

  • As recurring issues are identified, develop and implement sustainable solutions.

  • Analyze reporting and partner with Transportation, Operations Planning, and the facilities on daily/weekly capacities and initiate change to allow other operating areas within C&S to meet their weekly P&L commitments.

  • Participate or lead special projects as assigned (e.g. new customer startups, realignment, SOP development).

  • Leverage available systems to continually improve data utilization and decision-making capabilities.

  • Manage a buying team to attained target service levels and budgeted inventory levels.

  • Manage a salvage financial budget and lead efforts with buyers, vendors, and customers to minimize the expense to C&S.

  • Support the inventory transfer process and budget through vendor negotiations amongst the teams.

  • Responsible for majority of the aspects of people management: interviewing, training, recognition, counseling, and termination where applicable.

  • Travel, as needed (20% or less)

  • Occasional overtime and or weekend coverage may be needed to assist with seasonal volume, storm recovery, service level recovery, absences, vacation coverage, or additional training.

  • Additional tasks and projects as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience

  • Two to five years' experience, or relevant Procurement or Operations leadership

  • Extensive knowledge of procurement activities

  • Ability to negotiate, create, and build/leverage successful relationships with vendors, customers, and internal cross-functional teams

  • Excellent human resource management skills in coaching, training, mentoring, recognizing, and developing corrective actions

  • Working knowledge of corporate budgeting

  • Critical thinking and problem solving for short-term and long-term resolution

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Sound statistical acumen, interpretation, and analytical ability

  • Basic proficiency with Microsoft Office applications of Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

  • Demonstrated strong organizational and prioritization skills

Requisition ID 5899

Job Locations US-NJ-Edison

Company C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc.

Category Procurement

Posted Date 2/6/2017