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Senior Buyer


South Chesterfield, VA, US, 23834

Our Story:


Dover Food Retail (DFR) is a leading manufacturer of Display Cases, Specialty Products, Refrigeration Systems, Power Systems and Comprehensive Services; and leading our industry by Innovating What’s Next in glass doors and intelligent merchandising technologies that keep food safe under brands such as HillPhoenix and Anthony.


DFR is part of the Climate & Sustainability Technologies segment of the Dover Corporation® (NYSE: DOV). Dover is a diversified global manufacturer with annual revenues in excess of $7 billion.


DFR is built on creativity and customer-centric innovation delivered by people invigorated by a strong sense of responsibility to help our customers win in their marketplaces. The relationships we build with our customers are as important to our success as the products we manufacture. This collaborative environment delivers FRESH THINKING, reassuring our customers that they choose the best when they choose to work with the people of Dover Food Retail.


Job Title:        Senior Buyer

Location:        Richmond, VA



What we are looking for:


The Senior Buyer is responsible for the procurement of multiple components, subassemblies, raw materials, finished goods, production equipment, and supplies from approved suppliers within the assigned commodity areas that are utilized for the production of refrigerated display cases.


The Senior Buyer will be responsible for optimizing the procurement and sourcing supply chain, follow up of key KPIs and metrics and developing standard work and training others as may be required from a best practice perspective.


What you will be responsible for in this role:


  • Manage relationships with key suppliers of raw materials, sub-assemblies, production equipment, and supplies to ensure a consistent supply of materials to meet operating requirements.
  • Purchase goods, materials, components, or services in line with specified cost, quality, and delivery targets and to KPI’s.
  • Ensure continuous supply of required goods and materials and communicate with any supply problems which may pose a risk of impact on business operations.
  • Responsible for trade compliance data and ensure it is maintained within the system and coordinate policy procedure with the purchasing team.
  • Work closely with the Production and Scheduling teams to ensure that all required items are ordered in a timely manner at the most economic quantity and lowest cost in order to meet production requirements while simultaneously minimizing inventory exposure at the factory and in the supply chain.
  • Manage inventory for the components assigned for both the internal plants as well as third party vendors.
  • Arrange for vendors to drop-ship parts as may be required.
  • Work closely with a number of other departments within the organization (e.g. Engineering, Quality, Production, NPI, Lab, Warehouse, Accounting, Finance etc.)
  • Ability to implement supplier partnership models.
  • Participate in project teams involving materials procurement (direct, indirect and maintenance departments). 


What are the basic qualifications?


  • Technical/ Business/ Supply chain degree or equivalent experience.   
  • 5+ years’ work experience in procurement in a manufacturing environment.
  • 5+ years of supplier management - managing orders/contracts, sourcing and negotiation of products/services.
  • 3+ years of continuous Improvement/Process Oriented - Lean, Six Sigma, or other structure problem solving method.


What are the preferred qualifications?


  • Strong analytical and data management.
  • Strong background in negotiations aimed at reduction of overall cost.
  • Strong project management experience.
  • Experience in contract and vendor relations management.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills across all levels of the organization (hourly workforce, first line supervision, senior management, internal stakeholders, supply base and peers.
  • Demonstrated team player qualities.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as contracts, agreements, and procedure manuals as well as speak effectively before groups of customers and employees of the organization.
  • Experience leading and facilitating a cross-functional team through influence and expertise.
  • Material Requirements Planning experience - understand the flow of materials from MRP, MES and managing inventory systems.
  • Ability to multi- task, prioritize workload and manage under constrained time frames.
  • High energy and self-motivated, with the ability to work in a cross-functional matrix organization and external suppliers in geographically diverse locations.
  • Demonstrated ERP proficiency, with a focus in process optimization.
  • Ability to work in a cross-functional matrix organization and external suppliers in geographically diverse locations.
  • Strong quality and customer centric focus.
  • Excellent computer knowledge/proficiency (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • CPIM/ APICS/ ISM certification.


To be a great fit for the role:


  • AS400 ERP proficiency
  • Data Cube and SQL Querying.
  • Experience with VBA Macros and Python.


How We Define Our Values and Why You Should Join Our Team:


The backbone behind our collection of outstanding businesses is a team of dedicated employees who protect and enhance our valued reputation for quality and delivering what we promise. It’s our values that define Dover to all of our key audiences: our shareholders, customers, prospective employees and especially to ourselves.

These values must be expressed in our work and embody our actions, as they form the basis by which we do our jobs, make decisions and measure our performance. It’s our unwavering commitment to maintaining our values that defines who we are as a Company.


  • Collaborative Entrepreneurial Spirit
  • Winning Through Customers
  • Respects and Values People
  • Expectations for Results
  • High Ethical Standards, Openness, and Trust


What’s in it for you?

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • 401k Retirement Plan
  • Flexible Spending
  • Paid Holidays










The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the Company.


Dover Food Retail is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.

Nearest Major Market: Richmond

Job Segment: Supply Chain, Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma, Supply, Sustainability, Operations, Management, Energy

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