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Junior Buyer

Company: Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant
Location: Downers Grove
Posted on: August 5, 2022

Job Description:

Job DescriptionCooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants is a modern casual Napa-inspired full-service restaurant with a scratch kitchen, full bar, winery-inspired private event space and an artisan retail market. We currently have 50 locations across 10 states throughout the U.S. with over 7000 team members, and we will continue to grow those numbers. We continue to expand our offerings through our "by Cooper's Hawk" extension of our brand with concepts like famed Italian Neapolitan pizza concept, Piccolo Buco, as well as Esquire by Cooper's Hawk, featuring famed visiting chefs and wines from across the globe. Home to the largest wine club in the world with over 560,000 members, Cooper's Hawk is a lifestyle brand centered around wine and focused on creating memorable moments that enrich lives.We are seeking a Junior Buyer to support the growth of the business. Major responsibilities include managing new restaurant opening timelines, assisting ops with resupply needs, purchasing of non-food materials, restaurant equipment, furniture, and fixtures. The ideal candidate has strong project management, negotiation, and organizational skills and is familiar with restaurant equipment and supplies. This position will be a part of the Supply Chain team, and is located at the Restaurant Support Center in Downers Grove, IL.RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Direct and coordinate procurement activities for select furniture, fixtures, and equipment items
  • RFP and award business for NROs, CapEx, & Remodel Projects based on cost and performance metrics
  • Source replacement equipment, parts, and furniture needs based on requests from the operations team and deliver onsite in a timely manner
  • Monitor NRO install timelines for all FF&E purchases to ensure timely delivery and provide clear communication of any deviations/adjustments
  • Receive, review, and code invoices to ensure timely payment and delivery
  • Partner closely with the Development team to ensure the needs of aggressive new restaurant schedule are met
  • Read and interpret specifications for foodservice equipment, furniture, and fixtures to provide the right item, at the lowest cost, at the right time
  • Partner with Development, Operations, and Culinary teams to ensure quality materials are purchased to meet the needs of the restaurants
  • Maintain databases items ordered and received to help track expected life remaining, what equipment is where to properly access repair and replacements, and access overall value of specific pieces of equipment
  • Participate in the development of specifications for equipment, furniture, and fixtures to assist with bid process and manufacturer negotiations
  • Continually monitor commodity prices and negotiate equipment and furniture contracts to achieve optimal product costs
  • Manage strategic relationships with suppliers and business partners to support current and future needs
  • Lead new system and process initiatives cross-functionally to increase the value delivered by procurement (e.g., lean, value engineering, etc.)
  • Prepare, communicate, and educate internal business partners on changes in commodity trends, policies, and practices that impact our total costs
    • Must represent Cooper's Hawk values
    • At least 3 years relevant purchasing experience
    • Experience with Service Channel, Sitefolio, and/or web-based project management applications, a plus
    • Read and interpret architectural drawings and perform takeoffs a plus
    • Knowledge and understanding of kitchen equipment, small wares, and furniture
    • Understanding of cost components and formula pricing
    • Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain or Business a plus
    • Restaurant or hospitality industry experience a plus
    • Ability to establish priorities and work within deadlines
    • Excellent planning, organization and communication skills
    • Customer service focused mentality with internal and external partners
    • Strong decision-making skills
    • Self-starter with willingness to work hands-on
    • Strong Microsoft Office Skills
    • Some travel required for New Restaurant Openings, supplier visits, and conferences
    • Physical work will be required, such as inspecting equipment, climbing ladders, etcCooper's Hawk is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Keywords: Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Downers Grove , Junior Buyer, Hospitality & Tourism , Downers Grove, Illinois

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