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Area Manager, Food & Beverage Purchasing

Buena Park, California

Job Category: Food & Beverage

Req ID 22512
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The Area Manager, Food & Beverage Purchasing will be responsible for all food & beverage procurement needs, warehouse management of receiving, distribution, and storage processes, and inventory control management within the Food & Beverage division for Knott's Berry Farm. Role will require abilities to forecast, negotiate, lead staff, manage budgets, and adhere to Company guidelines. Role will additionally assist payables processes to ensure purveyor partnerships are managed appropriately.

Salary details: $66,560 - $78,000/yr., based on prior experience 



  • Purchase order adherence, budget management, pricing update communication, utilization of preferred suppliers and manufacturers.
  • Assist in new account set-up.
  • Reviews invoice/billing discrepancies with vendors and accounts payable.
  • Makes recommendations to management on needed emergency purchases and requests to support F&B locations; assists with competitive bids for projects.
  • Assists with procurement of warehouse inventories and requisitioned products within a commodity area to achieve optimum cost savings, value, and delivery utilizing the established corporate bid policy.

Financial Responsibility-

  • Ensure department operating within budgets, making adjustments as needed to achieve department goals.
  • Helps lead departmental staff meetings to ensure information is communicated to staff as appropriate and discusses department issues, goals and status of open projects;
  • Communicates with staff regarding current workload and special projects on a daily basis.


  • Leader that will work with location finance department to communicate and adhere contract agreements of pay terms, minimums, additional charges, etc.
  • Review and reconcile late invoice payment reports.


  • Maintains product inventories to ensure adequate stock levels to meet business needs within financial objectives; assists in researching, analyzing specifications, and purchases products and services; resolves product damages and discrepancies with vendors.
  • Lead processes as key driver of inventory turn rate goals and routes for improvement.
  • Manage month-end processes to ensure accurate financial reporting.
  • Reviewer of inventory levels versus previous months/years with goal planning and execution to ensure risk adverse management.

Leading Teams-

  • Maintains staffing levels and hours worked within department.
  • Develops, coaches, and motivates staff to meet department goals and perform their job duties to standard.

Policy & Procedures-

  • Adheres to and enforces all Cedar Fair and specific Park policies and procedures, including safety, attendance and EEO policies, and demonstrates commitment to customer service in all aspects of employment.

Internal/External Communication-

  • Provides updates to management for communication with all internal divisions, corporate divisions/parks, and the vendor community regarding purchasing.

Other & Ad Hoc-

  • Participates in a variety of non-purchasing related activities in order to help ensure that projects remain on time and critical needs are being met.

  • Bachelor's Degree with an emphasis in Business, preferred.
  • Certified Purchasing Manager Certificate preferred.
  • At least 6-8 years of prior, relevant work experience preferred.
  • At least 1-3 years of prior supervisory/leadership experience.
  • Knowledge of JD Edwards, Food Trak, and Maintenance Connection software. 
  • Ability to work nights, weekends and holiday periods to meet business needs. 
  • Ability to pass random drug testing and background check.
  • Excellent negotiation skills, good written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational skills, and experience with Microsoft Office and purchasing related software experience.
  • Valid Driver's Licencse preferred.
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