Sourcing - Procurement Specialist I Job at Central Garden & Pet, New Jersey

  • Central Garden & Pet
  • New Jersey

Job Description

Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ: CENT) is a leading innovator, marketer, and producer of quality branded products for the pet, lawn, and garden supplies markets. Our Dog and Cat business unit is searching for a highly motivated and detail-oriented Sourcing - Procurement Specialist I who will be responsible for sourcing high-quality raw materials for our Nylabone, Four Paws, and IMS brands. Reporting to the Director of Procurement, this position will work closely with suppliers, manufacturers, and internal teams to ensure the timely and cost-effective procurement of raw materials.

The ideal candidate will dive into vendor identification, capability assessment and selection, new item sourcing (finished goods, raw materials, and supplies), new item specifications, cost management, and cost savings initiatives. This position will report on-site 5x a week to our Neptune City, NJ facility.

  • Conduct thorough market research to identify and evaluate potential suppliers of raw materials for pet food production and finished products.
  • Negotiate contracts, pricing, and terms with suppliers to ensure competitive rates and favorable terms.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors.
  • Conduct market research to stay informed about industry trends, new products, and potential suppliers, and stay current on industry best practices.
  • Maintains knowledge of commodities, sources of supply, diversity opportunities, and market conditions that may impact future procurement.
  • Collaborates effectively with all corporate departments: Accounting, QA, Production, Planning, and Customer Service, to realize sourcing goals and to ensure qualified suppliers are available to support the needs of the business.
  • Maintains open communication and effective working relationships.
  • Experience in prioritizing initiatives, allocating resources effectively, and delivering results within specified timelines.
  • Obtains information, documents, and data to execute high-quality project management and assists with preparing various reports, presentations, and documentation.
  • Perform other job-related functions as assigned.
  • Bilingual Spanish speaking preferred.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in sourcing raw materials in a manufacturing environment.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with exceptional written and verbal communication.
  • Comprehensive cost modeling and “should-cost” estimate analysis.
  • Experience establishing and negotiating vendor purchasing contracts & agreements.
  • Experience in working with cross-functional teams and creating a collaborative environment.
  • High energy, well-organizes, results- and people-oriented, assertive/persuasive team player.
  • Ability to maintain the integrity of highly confidential customer and product information.
  • Computer proficiency on all MS Office applications with high proficiency in Excel.


  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance.
  • Free Life and Disability Insurance.
  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts.
  • 401k with 3% company match and annual employer discretionary contribution.
  • Paid vacation, holidays and sick time.
  • Employee Assistance Program.
  • Access to thousands of free online courses.
  • Discounts on cell phones, movie tickets, gym memberships, and more!
  • Education Assistance (both college degrees and professional certifications).
  • Referral Program with cash bonus.
  • Access to on-demand pay.
  • Paid parental leave.

Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ: CENT) (NASDAQ: CENTA) understands that home is central to life and has proudly nurtured happy and healthy homes for over 40 years. With fiscal 2022 net sales of $3.3 billion, Central is on a mission to lead the future of the Pet and Garden industries. The Company’s innovative and trusted products are dedicated to helping lawns grow greener, gardens bloom bigger, pets live healthier and communities grow stronger. Central is home to a leading portfolio of more than 65 high-quality brands including Amdro, Aqueon, Cadet, Farnam, Ferry~Morse, Four Paws, Kaytee, K&H, Nylabone and Pennington, strong manufacturing and distribution capabilities and a passionate, entrepreneurial growth culture. Central Garden & Pet is based in Walnut Creek, California and has over 7,000 employees across North America and Europe. Visit to learn more.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Tags

Holiday work, Full time, Flexible hours,

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