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Senior Buyer

Location Lynden, Washington | Mount Vernon, Washington | Seattle, Washington Date posted 10/17/2022

CHS Inc. is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States that provides grain, food and energy resources to businesses and consumers around the world.  We serve agriculture customers and consumers across the United States and around the world.  Most of our 10,000 employees are in the United States, but today we have employees in 19 countries. At CHS, we are creating connections to empower agriculture.


CHS Northwest has 2 exciting opportunity in our Retail Department located in Lynden, WA. We are looking for Senior Retail Buyers to support our Retail Stores.  One position would focus on our Pet Food and Supplies and the other Lawn and Garden. You must be able to make decisions, work independently, and be detail oriented with excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. Ideal candidates will possess a high level of initiative, discretion, independent judgment with a can-do attitude and the ability to multi-task.  The candidate is one who can see things that need to be done and figure out a way to do them effectively and efficiently.

CHS Offers:

  • Competitive Hourly Rate
  • Benefit eligible employees receive:
  • Medical, Dental, Vision & Life Insurance + Long & Short-Term Disability
  • Paid Holidays + Paid Time Off (Vacation & Sick Pay) 
  • Retirement Benefits -
    • 401K with Company Match 
    • Company Funded Pension
  • Profit Sharing


  • Manage internal customer requirements which includes, but not limited to, requisitions, purchase orders, delivery schedules, supplier follow-up and system support.
  • Apply advanced knowledge to source suppliers, distribute bids, develop bid tabs and procure materials, products and services to support retail operations.
  • Provide assistance and category training to our retail team members including merchandising, product knowledge and buying.
  • Develop and maintain professional partnerships with suppliers to ensure open communication and proper business relationships as defined by CHS and legal requirements.
  • Coordinate with suppliers to ensure that all materials and services are completed in accordance with the terms of the purchase order, including problem resolution and follow up communication.
  • Compile material required for Request for Quote (RFQ) packages for specific categories. Complete information for vendor/price evaluation.
  • Perform supplier audits. Analyze complex data of items purchased, costs, and product performance for group and supplier reviews.
  • Drive effective communication with suppliers, internal and external customers, peers and management.
  • Partner with CHS Strategic Sourcing to identify synergies to leverage spend across locations.
  • Maintain and promote a strong safety culture and follow all safety policies, procedures and regulations. Identify and communicate workplace hazards and correct or seek assistance in correcting unsafe actions or conditions.
  • Perform other responsibilities as needed or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (required)

  • High School diploma or GED
  • 4+ years of experience in purchasing

Additional Qualifications

  • Purchasing experience in a retail or wholesale environment 
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong professional relationships
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to influence and negotiate
  • Strong decision making skills
  • Experience using purchasing inventory software, and Microsoft Office suite
  • Travel required - 10%
  • Bachelor's degree preferred 
  • Pre-employment screening is based on the job requirements and industry guidelines and may or may not be required for the position. If required, selected candidates must pass pre-employment screenings to include all or a combination of drug, criminal, motor vehicle check, physical requirements and FMSCA Clearinghouse.

Physical Requirements

CHS offers a competitive total compensation package. Benefits include Health, Dental, Vision, Hearing, Life Insurance, Health and Day Care Savings Accounts, Paid Vacation, 401K, Company Funded Pension, Profit Sharing, Long and Short Term Disability, Tuition reimbursement, and Adoption assistance.

CHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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