Basic American Foods
  • Procurement
  • Shelley, ID, USA
  • DOE
  • Salary
  • Full Time

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Do you have an interest in making a difference in a privately held company that is committed to innovation, leadership development, and technical excellence?  If you are forward thinking, strategic, influential purchasing expert, then Basic American foods has a great opportunity for you!

Basic American Foods, family owned and operated since 1933, is a market leader and innovator in shelf stable food products within consumer foods and the foodservice industry. Our strong employee-focused culture facilitates collaborative working environments while providing opportunities for advancement and professional development.


Manage the sourcing and procurement of the highest quality raw material (potatoes & beans), at the lowest costs for the processing facilities, while maintaining professional business relationships with key raw product suppliers. Oversees daily raw material deliveries, and inventories, volume and quality to assure the raw material meets production requirements. Manages company storages, to include harvest filling, and storage operations.


  1. Develop in coordination with Director of Raw Material Sourcing a strategy to procure through contracting, or open purchase procurement the proper volume, processing category, and variety of raw material to achieve the highest potential raw material utilization. Assists Director of Raw Material Sourcing in negotiating short and long term supply agreement pricing terms and conditions.
  2. Provides comprehensive potato data analysis, assesses results, tracks risks and opportunities, and develops strategic plan that mitigates risks and/or capitalizes on opportunities. Presents raw material data and plans to senior leadership, Sales, Marketing and customers.
  3. Manages and oversees daily, weekly and monthly raw material sourcing; proper quality, volume to match daily production raw material requirements for the facilities. Communicates on daily basis with key operational individuals.
  4. Maintain long term professional business relationships with current and potential key raw product suppliers, especially process grade suppliers, while developing new supplier business relationships. Work with suppliers to develop long term supply strategies.
  5. Provide leadership, training, coaching to raw material procurement team. This would include leading the raw material team and setting continuous improvement goals, establishing project plans, measuring performance, and ongoing accountability. 
  6. Oversees the management and storability of Company owned potatoes and beans which have significant asset value. Manages and develops the raw material budget.


  • Bachelor of Science degree from four-year college or university preferably in Ag Economics or Ag Business and at least eight years related experience with a minimum of five years leadership experience. Master's degree preferred.


  • Proven leadership abilities
  • Solid background in sourcing raw materials preferably potatoes
  • Strong computer skills for effective use of planning software tools and the Microsoft Office suite
  • Partnering and working with cross-functional teams
  • Excellent communications skills both verbal and written including presentation skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Highly developed analytical reasoning skills
  • Ability to formulate sound conclusions and recommend optimal course of action based on analysis
  • Enthusiastic team player with strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Core competencies include: Energy and the ability to Energize others, relationship building, analytical mastery, managing complexity, strategy & planning, business management, leadership, resourcefulness, and passion


All of our salaried employees receive ten paid holidays, a personal paid holiday, and immediately begin accruing vacation at the rate of three weeks per year in addition to our generous sick leave policy. We provide an on-site medical center for our Idaho employees at no charge for employees and their covered dependents. 

Career Development

Beyond our commitment to quality and convenient products, we provide a culture where employees are valued and supported in meeting their career goals.  We offer meaningful career and employee development opportunities for managerial and technical or professional individuals including cross-functional team assignments, leadership opportunities and individual development plans.


This position is located just outside of Idaho Falls, Idaho. Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world's most famous park - Yellowstone.


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