Job Description


LFS, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Trident Seafoods.  LFS has locations in Bellingham, Seattle and Poulsbo, WA and Anchorage, Cordova, Dutch Harbor, Homer, Kenai, Sitka, Naknek and Dillingham, AK.

This job is based at the corporate office in Bellingham, WA. 

                           *Marine Experience Required*

Job Summary:  Directs and coordinates activities of personnel engaged in the purchasing and maintenance of all products and for all LFS locations by performing the following duties:

Essential Functions:

  • Plans, organizes, directs, and controls activities related to the procurement of products, raw materials and production related materials.
  • Develops a system to evaluate vendor quotations that utilize appropriate negotiation and purchasing techniques to ensure quality, price, delivery, and service.
  • Design, implement, manage, and monitor procurement reporting systems and inventories to meet company requirements.
  • Recruits and maintains suppliers that provide high quality products and services at a better price while maintaining the highest code of ethics and conduct.
  • Reviews purchase order claims and contracts for conformance to company policy.
  • Prepares and reviews contracts, bids, proposals, and vendor agreements for legal correctness, price, and acceptability of items to specifications.
  • Assigns procurement requests to the appropriate personnel.
  • Negotiates or supervises the negotiation of complex requests for equipment, supplies, and service from suppliers and subcontractors.
  • Develops and installs clerical and office procedures and practices, and studies workflow, sequence of operations, and office arrangement to optimize inventory control, manufacturing and purchasing systems.
  • Recruits and trains purchasing personnel for the corporate team and participates in the recruitment and training of agents in remote locations.
  • Attends buying shows or assigns agents to attend buying shows.
  • Works closely with the Marketing team to stay abreast of industry trends and changes.
  • Communicates with Division Managers to forecast product needs.
  • Reports to Vice President of Operations.

Additional Responsibilities: 

  • Performs other similar or related duties as requested or assigned.



Organizational Core Competencies: 

Customer Focus: 

Builds customer confidence by ensuring expectations and commitments are met.  Establishes and maintains effective and positive relationship with internal and external customers.  Acts with customers in mind, and values the importance of providing high-quality customer service.

Integrity & Trust:

Sets an example by consistently modeling high standards of honesty and integrity.  Is widely trusted and is seen as a direct, truthful individual who presents information in an appropriate and helpful manner.  Maintains a reputation for honesty, confidentiality, reliability and fairness.  Is willing to admit mistakes, and doesn’t misrepresent him/her self for personal gain.

Getting Results ("Can Do" Spirit): 

Performs work with energy and drive; values planning, but will take quick, decisive action when an opportunity presents itself.

Creativity & Innovation:  

Injects originality into daily work and generates many new and unique ideas.  Thinks "outside the box" and is seen as original and value-added in brainstorming ideas.  Creates competitive and breakthrough solutions.


Collaborates positively to achieve team and company objectives.  Works effectively within a diverse environment.  Builds strong relationships with fellow employees, helping to support a contribution to overall company success.

Management Core Competencies:


Motivates, inspires, and encourages others to perform well.  Leads through change and adversity with ease.  Makes the tough call when needed and effectively influences the actions and opinions of others.

Strategic Thinking:  

Balances both short- and long-term goals while developing and inspiring commitment to a vision of success.  Supports, promotes, and ensures work alignment with the company's overall mission, vision and values.

Managing & Measuring Work:  

Clearly assigns responsibility for tasks and decisions to minimize confusion or error.  Sets clear objectives and measures and monitors the process, progress, and results to ensure success.  Designs feedback loops into work to ensure constant and effective lines of communication.

Managing Relationships:

Builds and actively maintains working relationships both internally with other departments and externally with customers and vendors to further the company's goals.  Responds and relates well to people in all positions at all levels.  Is seen as a team player, looks for common ground, and solves problems for the good of all.

Minimum Qualifications:


Four year degree (B.A.); or up to three years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:


Special Training/Skills:

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization. Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.  To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Database software; Internet software; Inventory software; Order processing systems; Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written; oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables.


Work Environment: Office environment.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required  to use a computer and a telephone.

Mental Activities: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to read, speak, write and understand English, and to use customer service skills. The employee is frequently required to use interpersonal and teamwork skills, creativity, independent judgment, discretion, problem analysis, supervision and decision making skills.

LFS Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Affirmative Action-Minority, Female, Disability, and Veteran.

Background check and drug screen required upon job offer.