Services Buyer - Ulverstone

Date: 12 Feb 2024

Location: Ulverstone, TAS, AU, 7315

Company: Simplot

Simplot Australia is a food manufacturing and agriculture business encompassing potato, vegetable, seafood, and sauce operations that supply a wide range of frozen, shelf-stable and chilled products to Australia and New Zealand’s major retail and food service customers. 


As a leading provider of quality, nourishing and sustainable food, we are focused on creating food Australians and New Zealanders love by maximising value from the best Australian-grown produce and global seafood. Our iconic brands have been an integral part of Australian life for generations, and include the likes of Leggo’s, Birds Eye, Edgell, John West and Chiko.


We have five manufacturing sites in Australia and six sales sites and employ almost 2000 people across these operations. We are an integral part of the global J.R. Simplot Company.

Culture and Benefits

At Simplot, we are fuelled by our purpose: We Contribute to Feeding Our World. We imagine a better future and set goals to reach it. We are committed to working as one Simplot and are guided by our shared values:

  • Respect for Resources
  • Spirit of Innovation
  • Passion for People

We embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. We care about creating an environment that promotes safety and wellbeing and where our people feel supported, respected and empowered. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination and are committed to providing equal opportunities for all our team members.

Simplot is passionate about cultivating a future where good ideas and inspiring possibilities have the chance to grow. We want our team members to build exciting and fulfilling careers with us and offer professional and personal growth opportunities.

The Perks


  • Diverse leadership development programs and professional development support
  • Fully supplied & laundered uniform + PPE
  • Employee recognition program
  • Bonus incentives
  • Discounted health insurance and gym memberships
  • Novated car leasing agreements
  • Income Protection Insurance
  • Opportunity to purchase additional annual leave
  • On-site cafeteria

About Our Role

An exciting opportunity exists for the permanent full-time position of Services Buyer at our Ulverstone food manufacturing facility.  Simplot Ulverstone has a proud history in the local community and processes around 300,000 tonnes of potatoes from 165 Tasmanian growers each year whilst employing over 450 people.  Manufactured products include fries (coated & uncoated and different cuts), sweet potato fries, potato gems, and hash browns.

Reporting to the Senior Procurement Manager-APAC-Global Procurement, in this Mon-Fri role you will be responsible for purchasing of services to support maintenance, operations and functional departments (e.g. QA) and Capex purchasing to support our capital programs. This will include pricing, purchasing, service sourcing, contractor management for select contractor, PO invoice resolution and reporting in accordance with all applicable internal policies and procedures to ensure goods and material are properly received with emphasis on quality, customer service and cost reduction. Experience working in a maintenance or manufacturing setting will be highly regarded.

What You Will Do


  • Assume responsibility for delivery of all aspects of the purchase transaction, including; vendor selection, sourcing, accurate and prompt transaction processing in addition to problem solving & resolution
  • Conversion of requisitions to purchase orders (PO), expediting of critical purchases, management of approved vendor lists and validation of vendor pricing
  • Resolution of transactional vendor quality complaints
  • Invoice reconciliation
  • Work in conjunction with accounts payable function and master data management teams to ensure vendor data is up to date and accurate
  • Provide training and support for suppliers and internal stakeholders regarding the use of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and procurement work flows to expedite purchases
  • Contribute in strategic activities in collaboration with the Global procurement team to implement and manage strategic contracts and service agreement for facilities maintenance & outsourcing of plant services
  • Provide relief coverage for other buyers as required

About You


  • Demonstrated experience in purchasing of industrial supplies, as a parts interpreter or working in a maintenance capacity will be highly regarded
  • Knowledge of purchasing / planning / inventory or warehousing roles
  • A 100% commitment to health & safety in the workplace
  • Experience with CMMS / Purchasing Systems - MEX / JDE / SAP would be advantageous
  • Intermediate to advanced user of the MS Office suite of products
  • Strong levels of attention to detail
  • A high level of both written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in a customer focused role (e.g. internal customers)
  • Leadership experience will be advantageous
  • Ability to liaise with a wide demographic of employees and contractors from the Production Team through to the Global Procurement Team
  • Willingness to undergo a pre-employment medical assessment (incl. urine based D&A screening)

Please click on the "Apply" button to submit your application, ensuring a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role AND an up-to-date resume are included (noting that you will be redirected to the Simplot Careers portal).

APPLICATIONS CLOSE MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY 12th MARCH 2024 (Simplot reserve the right to commence recruitment activities prior to advertised closing date).


Job Requisition ID: 17536 

Travel Required: Less than 10% 

Location(s): SAPL Plant - Ulverstone 

Country: Australia 


Simplot is an equal opportunity employer and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply. If you feel you would be a great addition to our team please apply online today, we would love to hear from you. If you require technical assistance, please email us at