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Commodity Procurement / Merchandiser


Commodity Procurement/Merchandisers oversee companies commodities and are responsible for trading, purchasing, locating, and customer accounts for each commodity.


What responsibilities will I have?

  • Collaborate between feed formulators and plant managers to provide lowest cost options for all feeds, feed ingredients and feed products
  • Point of contact for suppliers and external market consultants and resources
  • Support the Commodities group by negotiating cost saving initiatives and cost mitigation efforts
  • Determines strategic supply objectives using tools and reports for decision making around products and commodity purchases
  • Assesses supply base and negotiates best cost structure
  • Identifies and develop a reliable and effective base of qualified suppliers
  • Takes action to address supplier pricing and/or delivery issues; advises management of market conditions and supply base activity which presents significant risk or needs to be elevated to management’s attention
  • Drive continuous supplier quality improvement through participating in rapid improvement events, supplier quality audits, training and certifications as required
  • May be responsible for identifying, developing, and implementing inter-departmental projects to achieve company initiatives
  • Maintain complete updated purchasing records/data and pricing in company system
  • Execution and monitoring of all regular purchasing duties
  • Coordinate with user departments and suppliers in the purchasing scope of work for projects assigned
  • Monitor and co-ordinate deliveries of items between suppliers to ensure that all items are delivered to site/plant on time , select and negotiate for the best purchase package in terms of quality, price, terms, deliveries and services with suppliers
  • Plan and manage inventory levels of materials or products
  • Monitor and co-ordinate deliveries of items between suppliers


What education and training is required?

Bachelor’s degree in agricultural business, Supply Chain Management, Accounting, or Finance.


To pursue a career in Commodity Procurement/Merchandising:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, science and mathematics.


Typical Employers:

 Integrated animal production companies, seed/fertilizer/chemical dealers/producers, food production companies, cooperatives and elevator companies.


Future Job Market/Outlook:

The future outlook for Commodity Procurement/Merchandisers is projected to be excellent.


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations:

  • American Soybean Association
  • National Corn Growers Association
  • National Grain and Feed Association
  • Mid-America International Agri-Trade Council



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