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  • Southern Tier Brewing Company seeking Purchasing & Inventory Manager!

    The Southern Tier Brewing Company is seeking a hard working, highly motivated, quality focused, safety driven, and team oriented Purchasing & Inventory Manager to join the team in our rapidly growing, fast paced, production brewery in beautiful Lakewood, NY.

    Purchasing & Inventory Manager

    The ideal candidate will possess:

    Minimum of four (4) years of purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment.
    Minimum of an Associate’s Degree or a High School Diploma with two (2) years manufacturing experience in a related field such as supply chain management, business administration, or accounting.


    • Purchase, maintain and monitor raw materials and packaging supplies.
    • Manage inventory levels of brews in process and finished products.
    • Prepare purchase orders for raw materials and brewing supplies based on need. Work with brewing department regarding brew schedules, recipes and usage.
    • Post inventory receipts and monitor material receiving.
    • Review and post adjustments and work with brewing department on quantity adjustments.
    • Monitor inventory levels – coordinate with departments on physical inventory counts, reconcile and review differences.
    • Negotiate contracts with suppliers.
    • Research and evaluate suppliers based on price, quality, selection, service, support, availability, reliability, production and distribution capabilities, and the supplier's reputation and history.
    • Evaluate and monitor contract performance to ensure compliance with contractual obligations and to determine need for changes.
    • Maintain and review records of items purchased, costs, deliveries, product performance, and inventories.
    • Arrange the payment of duty and freight charges.
    • Analyze price proposals, financial reports, and other data and information to determine reasonable prices.
    • Entry of sales orders and invoices, including receiving orders and communicating with purchasing departments from customers.
    • Daily review of purchase requests - Prioritizing of items as either small, necessary items for immediate purchase or larger, questionable items for further review; Entry of larger, questionable items into purchase request database to await for management review.
    • Physical inventory counts of raw materials, brews in process, and finished products on a daily/weekly/monthly basis.
    • Review and entry of logs and reports from previous day(s) production and sales.
    • Review and reconciliation of physical inventory to reported inventory - Research any discrepancies to find out the cause of the discrepancy; Review of discrepancies with department managers.
    • Understanding of the production process to avoid stock outs and ensure proper supply and reserve supply of raw materials.
    • Order supplies and raw materials to ensure optimal price and delivery cycle - Communicating with suppliers and other vendors; Following up to ensure accurate, consistent, and on time deliveries; Grouping of orders to reduce shipping cost; Ordering effectively to allow for delivery and minimize time spent on purchasing tasks.


    • Must have strong communication skills with good team dynamics and possess strong planning and organizational skills.
    • Must be able to communicate effectively with suppliers.
    • Must have strong negotiating skills.
    • Must be able to effective manage time.
    • Must have a strong understanding of the entire supply chain including raw material procurement, brews in process, packaging finished products, warehousing and shipping.
    • Must have a good understanding of logistics related to purchasing and sales.
    • Must have a good working knowledge of business and purchasing practices.
    • Must have a strong work ethic and the ability to multitask.
    • Must be flexible and willing to do whenever and whatever it takes to get the job done right.
    • Must be computer literate in spreadsheets and Microsoft Office. Experience with Business Works, SAP or OrchestratedBEER software is definitely a plus.
    • Must have a genuine appreciation for great craft beers and great barbeque.

    Competitive compensation to match experience and education level. Benefits package includes 401k, Health Insurance, Paid Vacation and Holidays.

    Southern Tier Brewing Company is an equal opportunity employer.

    Interested candidates should submit their resumes via email to Please put “Purchasing & Inventory Manager” in the subject line.
    "Life is too short to drink cheap beer!"