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The Helmsman Group is a food and beverage advisory firm that helps brands bring their organic and specialty packaged goods ideas to market. Our sectors of expertise include growth strategy, margin enhancements, operations management, manufacturing, ingredient sourcing, product development and investor relations.


With both domestic and international accounts and new growth, we have an incredible employment opportunity for Buyer-Planner.

The Buyer-Planner at the Helmsman Group will work with client organizations to deliver necessary raw materials at manufacturing locations, to facilitate the production of finished goods and to ensure timely delivery of finished goods to distribution facilities and or client customers. 

This position will be based at our Emeryville Main office.


The Buyer-Planner will work with the managing team on a wide range of projects, including but not limited to:

  • Issue purchase orders for raw materials and production services.

  • Follow-up to ensure on-time delivery of ordered products and services.

  • Maintain the ingredient and vendor database.

  • Perform routine reconciliations on Purchase Price Variance as compared to Standard Cost.

  • Perform routine material usage variance calculations.

  • Issue Commodity Contracts and releases.


The position of Buyer-Planner is primarily an internal resource but will be expected to perform certain duties directly with clients and as such requires excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Have five to ten (5-10) years of experience in branded food CPG, preferably with natural or organic brands.

  • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Attention to detail is a must.

  • Flexibility and the ability to remain organized, establish a plan and execute on company priorities is essential.

  • Be able to work independently, set priorities to meet deadlines, handle multiple tasks, and make decisions under pressure.

  • Experience with MRP and Demand Planning Systems.

  • Be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite products. QuickBooks experience a plus.

  • Degree preferred.

If interested in this position, please send your resume and cover letter to careers@helmsmangroup.com.