Materials Procurement Specialist

Farmers Union Industries, LLC, also known as FUI, is a leading agricultural based manufacturing company based in Redwood Falls, MN. FUI is a premier provider of specialized products, providing superior value and services to our members and customers. Our current operations include Central Bi-Products, Northland Choice, Midwest Grease, Artex Manufacturing, Pet Care Systems, Redwood Farms Meat Processors, and Performance Pet Products. FUI currently manufactures in 6 facilities in a three-state area, including: Redwood Falls, Long Prairie, Waite Park and Detroit Lakes, Minnesota; Mitchell, South Dakota and Estherville, Iowa.

Job Title Materials Procurement Specialist
Location Mitchell, SD
Reports To Director of Operations

Job Purpose

As a key member of the Performance Pet Products team, the Materials Procurement Specialist personnel will:

  • Adopt and exemplify FUI’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Be jointly responsible for contributing towards the achievement of the company’s goals.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage the procurement and inventory of raw materials for Pet Products plants using Microsoft Dynamics NAV MRP
  • Conduct price analysis and generate cost savings
  • Conduct inventory analysis to reduce working capital costs
  • Work with plant operations to understand raw materials yields and waste to generate cost savings
  • Work with plant quality assurance personnel to conduct raw materials quality analysis to insure raw materials consistently meet production standards
  • Negotiate with vendors for lower pricing and improved contract terms
  • Evaluate and track vendor performance and conduct meetings with low performing vendors to drive improvement
  • Maintain weekly and monthly reports (Examples: KPI Scorecard, Cost per can, Aging)
  • Develop and maintain policies and SOPs that drive standardization and best practices
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications, Education & Work Experience

  • BS or AS Degree in related field preferred
  • 5 years experience procuring raw materials for food/feed manufacturing.
  • MRP purchasing and inventory experience
  • Advanced analysis skills Excel
  • Advanced presentation skills
  • Supplier management
  • Cost reduction experience
  • Clear and concise communication (written and verbal)
  • Must be able to quickly learn products, processes, and MRP system
  • Skilled in MS Office: Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Microsoft Dynamics NAV experience a plus
  • Communicates well and accurately maintains records
  • Understand and operate basic computer systems


  • Work usually performed in an office setting or customer setting. Will require ability to work in plant environments at times
  • Ability and willingness to work extra hours on a scheduled /unscheduled basis when required
  • Digital dexterity and hand/eye coordination to use a personal computer, e-mail, copier, fax, phone, and other standard office equipment
  • Ability to speak to and hear customers and/or employees via phone and in person
  • Ability to travel by vehicle or plane as required by role (up to 20% of the time)

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