• Procurement: Purchasing Manager – Consumer Packaged Goods

    Job Locations US-AL-Birmingham
    Req No.
    Operations: Production & Quality Control
    Regular Full-Time
    1st Shift
  • Overview


    Royal Cup, Inc. is the proven leader in sourcing, roasting, blending and providing high-quality coffees and fine teas since 1896 and is the chosen partner for restaurants, hotels, offices and commuters across the country.


    We are a family-owned business rooted in a longstanding tradition of coffee roasting excellence who takes pride in our unparalleled dedication to customer care.



    Royal Cup Coffee offers a competitive compensation plan and a comprehensive benefits program. On top of being a part of a well caffeinated team, the benefits program includes healthcare, dental, vision, company paid disability, 401(k), life insurance, Flexible Spending Account plan, and paid vacation. Tuition reimbursement plan includes up to 80% reimbursement per company criteria. Ongoing trainings designed to provide maximum success for our employees is offered.


    The Purchasing Manager reports to the Category Sourcing Manager and will be responsible for day to day purchasing and inventory management for Consumer-Packaged Goods. The Purchasing Manager will have a proven track record in working closely with vendors, issuing POs, and maintaining proper inventory balance. 


    The Purchasing Manager will be jointly responsible along with several team members, for purchasing approximately $100M in spend on consumer package goods that are sold to our customers in conjunction with coffee and tea.  Royal Cup refers to these materials as “Allied Goods,” which include but are not limited to disposables (e.g. cups, paper products, straws, etc.) single-serve coffees, creamers, foods / snacks & drinks, condiments, beverages (ready-to-drink teas, sodas, juices), and more.


    The Purchasing Manager’s role is to execute on issuing POs to negotiated suppliers, keeping inventory at optimal levels, and assuring Royal Cup does not run out of product. In addition, they will be working with their Category Sourcing Manager to assure total cost reduction across their category.  They will initially be responsible for buying for a sub-section of warehouse locations, with a longer-term goal of purchasing a defined set of commodities / categories within “allied goods”. 


    The Purchasing Manager has the following essential duties and areas of responsibility:

    • Independently determine what products, how many products, and which vendors to purchase from based on warehouse inventory levels and forecasted / historical demand.
    • Issue POs to selected vendor relationships.
    • Ensure products are delivered on time to warehouses and follow up / expedite as necessary.
    • Ensure products are purchased at pre-negotiated, established prices.
    • Ensure POs are issued accurately and on time.
    • Approve and or challenge vendor invoices to verify cost accuracy in the system, and maintain accurate cost information from vendors
    • Work collaboratively with Sales & others as drop-in demand arises.
    • Participating in special activities within the Operations group when necessary.
    • With their Category Purchasing Manager –
      • On an ongoing basis, monitor, evaluate, and work to improve the performance (e.g. quality, delivery, service levels) of their suppliers.
      • Perform ongoing supplier base research and analysis, and maintain & update the assigned portfolio of supply options & sourcing trends.
      • Remain current on supply market trends, supplier economics, and best practice sourcing.
    • Perform other projects or duties as assigned by the VP of Procurement or Category Purchasing Manager.


    • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree, preferred in business administration, supply chain management, or a related field.
    • Minimum of 3+ years’ experience in a Purchasing / Buying role.
    • Understand the inventory management and control functions associated with purchasing products and services. Solid decision-making skills will be required to be successful in this position.
    • A strong computer skill set necessary. The position will require someone proficient in the use of Microsoft Excel, Word and Power Point programs.
    • Proven ability to take necessary actions to rectify problems and improve situations.
    • Sound understanding of purchasing practices, general business financials, and negation strategies.
    • Proven advanced user level capability with all Microsoft Office Software, specifically Excel.
    • ERP experience required, SAP experience preferred.
    • Ability to work with and support others in a positive way.
    • Ability to successfully complete the pre-employment process.


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