Chicago Supply Chain Recruitment Firm Seeks a Purchasing Manager with Food & Beverage Industry Experience

Kappa Search is a Chicago recruiting firm that specializes in supply chain, operations and manufacturing recruitment and placement. We are actively recruiting for a Purchasing Manager with food and beverage industry experience. Responsibilities and requirements are outlined below.


  • Will have overall responsibility for sourcing, procurement and contract management with food and beverage suppliers.
  • Source, establish and negotiate agreements with vendors to guarantee consistent delivery, competitive pricing, and capacity allocation.
  • Oversee the distribution channels for delivery of perishable items and products.
  • Supervise and develop an existing team of buyers and purchasing support personnel.
  • Manage pricing structure to meet or exceed input cost goals.
  • Coordinate with corporate executive chefs to develop an international menu and ensure food and beverage cost goals are met without sacrificing quality.
  • Analyze procurement and financial data with accounting/finance team
  • Work with vendors to ensure food safety compliance, HACCP regulations, and FDA regulations.
  • Manage day-to-day vendor relationships.


  • Several years purchasing experience in the food and beverage industry
  • Extensive knowledge of high end food and beverage operations
  • Must have excellent organizational, communication and leadership skills
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Office products: Word, Excel, Outlook
  • MRP/ERP experience
  • Contract and negotiation skills
  • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP)