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United States of America
Manufacturing and Operations





The Senior Buyer will be responsible for the purchase of goods, materials, and services to ensure that the company’s operational needs are met, considering price, quality and delivery and to ensure continuity of supply. This position may take ownership for a specific project or hold a larger remit in terms of purchasing responsibility.


Key Responsibilities:

General and Task Management

  • Purchase goods, materials, components or services in line with specified cost, quality and delivery targets
  • Ensure continuous supply of required goods and materials and communicate any supply problems which may pose a risk or impact on business operations
  • Monitor market trends and market suppliers
  • Research and evaluate areas of opportunity and reduce costs where possible
  • Deliver briefs, updates and reports as and when required
  • Develop creative and innovative procurement processes
  • Develop ideas and strategies to improve operational efficiency, add value, aid business performance and work towards a strategy of continuous improvement
  • Negotiate contracts, improved prices and terms of business with suppliers and review opportunities to make business savings utilizing negotiation and procurement best practice tools and methods
  • Assess and evaluate suppliers and undertake performance reviews to ensure contract compliance and manage performance improvement activities
  • Ensure that a professional and consistent approach is taken in relation to all supplier relationships
  • Explore alternate sources for goods and materials
  • Assess tenders and quotations from potential suppliers
  • Prepare purchase orders in line with final negotiations with selected suppliers and in line with organizational targets and requirements
  • Undertake research on and evaluate existing and new suppliers
  • Contact suppliers to resolve price, quality, delivery or invoice issues
  • Comply with health, safety, and environmental policies

People and Relationship Management

  • Mentor and coach buyers to enhance their career and professional development
  • Work collaboratively and negotiate and engage with stakeholders and suppliers regarding new projects, supplies and initiatives and advise of impact of change on purchasing and production activities
  • Stay current and up to date on any changes that may affect the supply and demand of needed products and materials and advise others of any impact
  • Attend meetings and update others on issues or concerns, especially when there is a risk which could prevent the organization meeting customer demands or where there are over capacity concerns
  • Support product change requests and review and communicate the impact on capacity plans
  • Build, maintain and manage supplier relationships and ensure good communications


Additional Responsibilities: 

  • Acquires knowledge of Trident’s Environmental and Safety Policies by completing required training programs and performing designated work activities in accordance with training and procedures/work instructions
  • Notifies designated personnel of any environmental or safety incidents or risks not previously documented, in accordance with Environmental Awareness and/or safety trainings
  • Succession plan for 3–5-year transition of duties and responsibilities
  • Effectively communicate and document the conduction


This is a Salaried – Exempt position with an annualized salary range of: $65,000 - $88,000

Please note that the salary information shown above is a general guidance only. Salaries are based upon candidate experience and qualifications, as well as market and business considerations.

Employees (and their families) are eligible for medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance, HRA/HSA with employer contribution, EAP, wellness programs, and annual discretionary bonuses. Employees may enroll in Trident’s 401(k) plan with partial employer match and adoption assistance. Group rates for long- and short-term disability, and supplemental life & disability insurance. Employees will also receive 3.08 hours paid vacation and the greater of 2.16 hours of paid sick time per two-week pay period or 1.00 hour per 40 hours worked and ten paid holidays throughout the calendar year, along with paid parental leave.  Additional benefits could include: Signing bonus.


Minimum Requirements




  • Proven purchasing experience, preferably within marine, fishing, or manufacturing/processing environment
  • 5+ years contract management and supplier experience
  • 5+ years project management experience



  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and 5 years' related experience; a combination of education and experience
  • Two-year degree or bachelor’s degree preferred



  • Strong technical knowledge and understanding of manufacturing processes and components and supply chain management
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software, advanced proficiency in Excel
  • Highly skilled at building and maintaining effective and productive relationships with key stakeholders and suppliers
  • Ability to add value, reduce costs and make business improvements
  • Strong negotiation, communication, interpersonal and influencing skills
  • Analytical, numerically astute with strong proven problem-solving abilities
  • Results orientated with the ability to plan and deliver against project deadlines
  • Commercially and financially aware
  • Keen attention to detail and accuracy
  • Embraces personal challenge
  • Confident, well-rounded thinking
  • Self-aware, assertive, optimistic and open to change
  • Engages interest and participation of others with a collaborative approach to working with others
  • Proactively contributes to the team
  • Resilient, self-motivated and able to work well under pressure


Trident Seafoods is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age and genetic information.

Trident Seafoods has adopted a zero-tolerance and drug-free workplace policy. Pre-employment drug examinations are required for all employees.

Any employment offer from Trident Seafoods is contingent upon the candidate maintaining valid immigration status and work authorization throughout employment, without any need for immigration sponsorship by the company.