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Senior Agriculture Buyer


West Palm Beach, FL, US

Req ID:  29884
Date:  Jun 22, 2022

Florida Crystals is a leading domestic sugar producer and North America’s first fully integrated cane sugar company, guiding our sugar from farm to table.  We are America’s first and only producer of certified organic sugar, grown and harvested in the United States. Our renewable energy facility is the largest of its kind in North America and provides clean energy that powers our sugar operations, which helps us reduce our use of fossil fuels.  Florida Crystals also sustainably farms rice, sweet corn and other vegetables in rotation with our sugarcane.  Our rice mill is the only rice mill in Florida. 



Under general guidance of the Purchasing Manager, the Senior Buyer is responsible for FCC’s purchasing strategy through effective vendor relationship management, contract & project management, and management of suppliers. The Senior Buyer will provide direct contact for customers in the procurement of agricultural materials and services at multiple locations throughout North and Central America. The Senior Buyer will be required to work well in a team environment, have the ability to handle a large order volume, prioritize appropriately, and maintain positive business relationships with both internal and external customers. The incumbent must be able to travel up to 20% of the time; travel will be assigned based on the current needs of the business.



  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of 3-5 years of applicable purchasing and agricultural experience.



  • Experience with purchasing on an ERP system.
  • Ability to successfully negotiate price, terms, delivery, and volume levels with suppliers.
  • Research and evaluate global suppliers based on price, quality, service, support, availability, reliability, production and distribution capabilities, reputation, financial status, and history.
  • Work with the Fleet Managers, end users, and suppliers to optimize and standardize agricultural equipment on a global scale.
  • Work with finance, operations, and leadership to deliver sustainability solutions.
  • Collaborate on material or equipment specifications, review requisitions for goods and services, solicit proposals, and ensure suppliers provide timely and high quality materials and services to agricultural operations.
  • Ability to anticipate issues, perform independent/critical needs analysis, and take corrective actions resulting in thorough and effective solutions.
  • At a minimum, must have intermediate skills with Microsoft Office Suite (specifically Excel, Word, and PowerPoint).
  • Ability to work in a high dollar, deadline driven purchasing environment.
  • Ability to work with changing market conditions, incomplete information, and make decisions in the best interests of the business.
  • Must have a solid understanding of TCO (total cost of ownership).
  • Ability to provide a superior level of customer service and follow up on a variety of issues.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with internal and external members of the Supply Chain as well as present information in a clear and concise manner to all audience levels.



  • Prior experience working across a multi-site enterprise.
  • Prior experience with SAP and or Ariba Platforms.
  • Verbal and written fluency in Spanish & English.



  • Acting strategically- Aligns day to day activities around broader organizational goals and objectives; prioritizes resources based on the strategic objectives of the organization; recognizes and rewards people based on how their actions support the broader needs of the company.
  • Working with Ambiguity- Achieves forward progress in the face of poorly defined situations and/or unclear goals; able to work effectively with limited or partial information.
  • Accountability: Takes accountability for delivering on commitments; owns mistakes and uses them as opportunities for learning and development; openly discusses his/her actions and their consequences both good and bad.
  • Customer Orientation – Addressing internal and/or external customer needs by providing and delivering professional, helpful, high quality service and support.
  • Acting with Integrity: Clearly states goals and beliefs; lets people know his/her true intentions; does what he she said they would do; follows through on commitments; Understands and follows company policies.
  • Communication & Interpersonal Skills: Expresses ideas and information in a clear and concise manner; tailors message to fit the interests and needs of the audience; delivers information in a manner that is interesting and compelling to the listener.
  • Energy & Initiative: Takes action on his/her own without being prompted; handles problems independently; able to resolve issues without relying on extensive help from others; does more than is expected or asked; asserts one's influence over events to achieve goals.
  • Teamwork & Collaboration – Working effectively with others to achieve a desired outcome.
  • Judgment & Decision-Making: Bases decisions on a systematic review of relevant facts and information; avoids making assumptions or rushing to judgment; provides clear rationale for decisions.
  • Continuous Learning: Demonstrates ambition and desire to move forward in his/her career; engages others in discussions about career development; seeks feedback on ways to increase his/her performance; takes advantage of opportunities to build new skills and capabilities.



  • Strong background in supply chain preferably in an agricultural environment.
  • Experience working with agricultural materials and/or equipment preferred.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Contract negotiations and contract management experience.



  • Responsible for managing high spend categories for multiple farm locations.
  • Responsible for preparing, negotiating, executing, managing and coordinating agreements for assigned commodities and/or services.
  • Researches assigned markets and understand the associated processes, knowledge of potential suppliers, and their capabilities.
  • Evaluates, qualifies, and accurately select suppliers in terms of quality, service, cost and capability.
  • Ensures all agreements, purchases and initiatives comply with internal policies.
  • Presents cost savings ideas and opportunities to internal customers on a regional and global basis and implement as appropriate.
  • Stays abreast of current marketplace trends in price, suppliers, and/or other conditions affecting business in assigned categories.
  • Maintains confidentiality of proprietary business information at all times
  • Successfully transitions from work in a corporate office environment to an agricultural settings which would include farm fields, repair shops, and remote office sites on occasion.
  • Ability to influence others to make decisions in the best interest of the company.
  • Act as back-up to the departmental manager as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • This role may be based out of West Palm Beach or Belle Glade, FL.
  • Relocation is available.



Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

Nearest Major Market: Palm Beach
Nearest Secondary Market: Miami