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See's Candies

Director of Procurement

See's Candies - San Francisco, CA

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'Quality without Compromise' is not just a motto at See's Candies. It is the most important ingredient in our recipe for success. See's Candies has been in business since 1921 and maintains a reputation for producing the highest quality candy and providing superior customer service.

See's is a leader in the confectionary industry with over 250 retail shops across the USA.


The purpose of this position is to oversee the corporate purchasing function, insuring that all departments are supplied with an adequate quantity of materials that meet See's specifications;   develops and maintains strategic supply relationships; recommends and implements purchasing strategy as approved by the CEO.  Assures that See’s standards for quality, service and cost are consistently adhered to by all suppliers. 


1. Maintains general oversite and control of the activities, operations, and projects of the Purchasing Department.  Supervises the purchasing management staff, including skill development, motivation and performance management.

2. Negotiates and manages major commodity raw material contracts (chocolate, sugar and nut meats) insuring that the required quality, service, availability and budget objectives are achieved.  Oversees negotiation and management of other raw material, packaging and non-inventory supply contracts handled by purchasing management staff, insuring that the required quality, service, availability and budget objectives are achieved.

3.  Negotiates and manages the highly seasonal contracts and supply relationships for the Purchased Candies category.

4.   Negotiates and manages major packaging contracts, insuring that the required quality, service, availability and budget objectives are achieved.

5. Participates in regular cross-functional Quality meetings; leads the team in identifying problems, troubleshooting solutions, and implementing decisions related to raw material, purchased candies or packaging material issues.

6. Manages early quota request process for seasonal products and oversees holiday planning coordination; works with production, sales, and marketing to develop and plan for seasonal and year-round product lines, and assure sufficient materials are purchased to support the planned sales. 

7. Participates in Seasonal Inventory Reviews, Price Review team and Published Print Review    teams.  Makes recommendations for Holiday and All Year pricing.

8. Responsible for qualifying, with support and approval of Quality Assurance and Research and Development, primary and secondary suppliers on all critical materials and supplies, and assures the ongoing consistency of purchased goods meet See’s specifications for quality, timeliness, and shelf life management. Assures that suppliers adhere to See’s Code of Conduct for suppliers.

9. Participates in the development and final approval of See’s specifications for raw materials, in conjunction with Quality Assurance and Research and Development.  Assures all purchasing contracts and orders are clear and consistent with characteristics and requirements as detailed in See’s specifications.

10.  Coordinates onsite visits by all critical suppliers to See’s kitchens and Lollypop factory to assure end use of supplier products are understood, production processes are reviewed, and end product flavor, texture, and look will be consistent with See’s requirements.  Assures problem solving with any supplier includes onsite visits by See’s to supplier locations, and supplier visits to See’s locations.

11. In conjunction with Research and Development, and Quality Assurance, maintains appropriate shelf life guidelines on all purchased goods, verifying with suppliers that purchased items will retain critical properties consistent with See’s specifications.  Assures raw materials approaching or exceeding See’s shelf life guidelines are either used on a timely basis, or discarded if shelf life has expired.

12. Oversees management and protection of See's trademarks.

13. Recommends purchasing strategy, goals, and guidelines to the CEO on an annual basis; responsible for Corporate Purchasing in excess of $ 78 million.

14. Completes special projects as assigned by the CEO.

Job Requirements


1. Ten years of management experience in purchasing and/or procurement in a manufacturing environment in the confectionery or food industry.

2. Experience in sourcing and purchasing agricultural products including nutmeats, cream and butter.  Experience in purchasing of chocolate is a plus.

3. Proven ability to lead a team, develop staff and drive performance improvement, demonstrated by progressive increases in management responsibility.

4. Excellent communicator with ability to build consensus among cross-functional teams.

5. Strong analytical, problem solving skills and negotiation skills.

6. Over-all management experience in food manufacturing or food industry environment is a plus.

7. Bachelor’s degree in Business or related field.


1. Sales or marketing experience preferred. Retail or corporate experience within See’s Candies a plus.

2. Self-starter who can work independently, with strong time-management and project management skills.

3. Detailed-oriented; strong organizational skills, ability to multi-task.

4. Demonstrated proficiency in advanced level PC skills, including MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).

5. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required.


See's is an EOE

See’s will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable local, state or federal law (including San Francisco Ordinance #131192 and Los Angeles Municipal Code 189.00).

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5 days 19 hours ago

See's Candies


Director of Procurement See's Candies - San Francisco, CA, United States


Location: San Francisco, CA

Company Profile:
For over 90 years See's Candies has been dedicated to making candy Mary See's way. Only the finest, freshest ingredients are used in making each recipe. We add no preservatives to our candy. Ever. It's quality you can taste in every piece. American made, famous for deliciousness, with the friendliest customer service - since 1921.