Florida Crystals Corporation Senior Buyer, MRO in West Palm Beach, Florida

Florida Crystals is a leading domestic sugar producer and North America’s first fully integrated cane sugar company, guiding our sugar from farm to table. We are America’s first and only producer of certified organic sugar, grown and harvested in the United States. Our renewable energy facility is the largest of its kind in North America and provides clean energy that powers our sugar operations, which helps us reduce our use of fossil fuels. Florida Crystals also sustainably farms rice, sweet corn and other vegetables in rotation with our sugarcane. Our rice mill is the only rice mill in Florida. Our premium, gluten-free and vegan rice is sold through our Florida Table™ brand as well as through private label.


The Sr. Buyer is responsible for acting as a strategic sourcing and subject matter expert for assigned categories, identifying new sources of supply that can be leveraged and optimized by the business. The Sr. Buyer makes sound business decisions with little or no direction, has a full understanding of market trends, market analysis, and supplier negotiations process. This position is also responsible for providing guidance to less experienced Purchasing Staff while encouraging teamwork and leading by example. The Sr. Buyer reports to a Purchasing Manager, works in a collaborative team environment, and is responsible for maintaining positive business relationships with both internal and external customers.


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university plus 5 or more years of applicable Purchasing experience

  • Degree major in Supply Chain, Business, or related field is preferred but not required

  • At least 5 years of experience utilizing an ERP system (Buying, Researching, Reporting & Analysis, etc.)


  • May have supervisory responsibility


  • Responsible for strategic analysis of assigned category

  • Utilizes the company ERP system to run complex reports and perform analytics

  • Releases orders in a timely fashion while closely adhering to established company guidelines

  • Independently negotiates contracts, price, and supplier agreements

  • Independently completes one on one negotiations

  • Ability to consolidate, analyze, and report on ERP and marketplace information

  • Evaluates, qualifies, and selects suppliers based on quality, service, cost and capability

  • Ensures all agreements, purchases, and initiatives comply with established department policies and procedures

  • Ensures that all suppliers are in compliance with established company credentials for specified category

  • Stays abreast of current marketplace trends in price, suppliers, and/or other conditions affecting business in assigned categories

  • Completes special projects as assigned

  • Delivers on cost savings and process improvement initiatives

  • Maintains confidentiality of proprietary business information at all times

  • Effectively manages performance and development of directs report (if applicable)

  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Ability to understand internal demands as they relate to the purchases of goods and services for the business

  • Ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner both verbally and in writing

  • Ability to analyze complex information and perform root cause analysis

  • Ability to recognize areas for Continuous Improvement strategies; recommend and implement CI strategies as assigned

  • Ability to provide excellent customer service to both internal and external customers and foster strong, open lines of communication across all levels of the organization

  • Ability to utilize ERP information with market analysis skills

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of proprietary business information at all times

  • Ability to effectively manage time, including the ability to prioritize, work within assigned deadlines, and work independently or collaboratively to accomplish organizational objectives

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects while maintaining quality & accuracy standards

  • Ability to utilize Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Excel, Word, and Outlook on an Advanced Level

  • Ability to travel up to 30% of the time

  • Operations Management (Intermediate)

  • Leadership (Intermediate)

  • Supply Chain Management (Advanced)

  • Inventory Management (Advanced)

  • Enterprise Resource Planning (Advanced)

  • Supplier Negotiations (Advanced)

  • Supplier Relationship Management (Advanced)

  • Analytical Thinking (Advanced)

  • Contracts (Advanced)

  • Category Management (Intermediate)

  • Materials Resource Planning (Advanced)

  • Business Strategy and Development (Intermediate)

  • Analysis and Reporting (Advanced)


Acting with Integrity: Clearly states goals and beliefs; lets people know his/her true intentions; does what he she said they would do; follows through on commitments; Understands and follows company policies

Communication & Interpersonal Skills: Expresses ideas and information in a clear and concise manner; tailors message to fit the interests and needs of the audience; delivers information in a manner that is interesting and compelling to the listener

Energy & Initiative: Takes action on his/her own without being prompted; handles problems independently; able to resolve issues without relying on extensive help from others; does more than is expected or asked; asserts one's influence over events to achieve goals

Teamwork & Collaboration – Working effectively with others to achieve a desired outcome

Judgment & Decision-Making: Bases decisions on a systematic review of relevant facts and information; avoids making assumptions or rushing to judgment; provides clear rationale for decisions

Acting strategically- Aligns day to day activities around broader organizational goals and objectives; prioritizes resources based on the strategic objectives of the organization; recognizes and rewards people based on how their actions support the broader needs of the company.

Working with Ambiguity- Achieves forward progress in the face of poorly defined situations and/or unclear goals; able to work effectively with limited or partial information.

Accountability: Takes accountability for delivering on commitments; owns mistakes and uses them as opportunities for learning and development; openly discusses his/her actions and their consequences both good and bad.

Customer Orientation – Addressing internal and/or external customer needs by providing and delivering professional, helpful, high quality service and support

Managing Complexity- Keeping focused on key objectives and results when addressing the details of a situation. Making timely decisions using available facts in ambiguous situations.

Managing People (if applicable)- Organizing, planning, and directing people in order to achieve organizational objectives; Coaches employees to ensure skill development and maximized performance; Measures and manages employee performance, including communication of work activities and expectations ensuring adherence to such expectations.

Continuous Learning: Demonstrates ambition and desire to move forward in his/her career; engages others in discussions about career development; seeks feedback on ways to increase his/her performance; takes advantage of opportunities to build new skills and capabilities


  • West Palm Beach, Florida

Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.