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Lead Buyer, Food & Beverage

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Position Summary:

The Team Lead Buyer is responsible for the management and coordination of their assigned staff in fulfilling the goals and objectives of the Fleet Services Team.  They oversee Buyers in a fast-paced environment for the replenishment of goods and services on an on-going and/ emergency basis.  They ensure accuracy of order submissions; provides the Buyers with guidance in resolution/recovery of goods.  The Team Lead Buyer must provide guidance for last minute orders which may have a financial impact on revenue. Due to the sensitivity and criticality of certain orders, a timely resolution will have a profound influence on the guest’s satisfaction and operational requirements of the company vessels.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversees the timely delivery of goods and services to the vessels by running reports to ensure that buyer and supplier performance meets the departmental requirements and take actions with Buyers or Commodity Managers to address outliers.      
  • Ensures that Master Loading Schedule and Storing and Ordering Schedules are updated and properly used by the Buyers, allowing vessels the appropriate time to store provisions and place orders for replenishment.  Ensures consistency between purchase orders, and Master Loading Schedule. 
  • Coordinates supplier meetings, assists with product evaluations and reviews supplier performance. 
  • Ensures that required audits are completed, and that the feedback on performance is communicated to suppliers/Commodity Managers.  
  • Guides the Buyer in recovery efforts for delayed, lost, or stolen containers to ensure the vessels receive necessary products.
  • Responsible for content and implementation of Fleet Services Standard Operating Procedures for entire fleet.
  • Manages and monitors procurement reporting systems to meet company requirements.
  • Prepares and issues purchase orders and change notices.
  • Performs frequent spot checks, and reviews on assigned Buyers to ensure accuracy of work and timely response to internal and external customers.
  • Organizes, manages, and directs the work of the employees in the assigned procurement function overseeing the assignment of duties, responsibilities and workstations and provides final approval for overtime.
  • Use skill and judgment to determine poor performing Buyers. Provide objective feedback and Buyer development plans.
  • Provides disciplinary actions, and correction criteria when necessary.
  • Ensure Buyer generated invoices in dispute are resolved in a timely manner.
  • Provide support and guidance to Outsourced Manila Team to ensure SOPs are maintained.
  • Works closely with Hotel Food and Beverage Team to meet operational needs, and quarterly financial objectives.
  • Performs other duties as required. 

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position.  Employees will be required to perform any other job-related duties assigned by their management team.


Qualifications, Knowledge & Skills:

  • Purchasing experience or bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • 6-8 years’ experience and or training or equivalent combination of education and knowledge
  • Ability to effectively present information and communicate with all levels of Management
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage time effectively and efficiently
  • Basic to complex spreadsheet comparisons of consumption pricing and transportation costs
  • Ability to solve problems and deal with complex variables where limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commission, proportion and percentages
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally at short notice.
  • Moderate level knowledge of uniform commercial code and company standard terms and conditions.
  • Physical Demands
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those requirements employees must meet to perform the essential functions of this job with or without reasonable accommodations.  While performing job functions the employee is regularly required to sit, and stand, write, review and type reports, compile data, operate a pc, communicate, listen, and assess information. 
  • The employee may move about the office complex, may travel to other office locations, and may lift, push, pull or move 10-15 pounds. The employee is occasionally required to walk to the dock, ascend and descend the vessel.
  • This position may regularly travel domestically or internationally. Visual requirements include distant, close and color vision, and ability to adjust focus


We know there is a lot to consider. As you go through the application process, our recruiters will be glad to provide guidance, and more relevant details to answer any additional questions. Thank you again for your interest in Royal Caribbean Group. We will hope to see you onboard soon!


It is the policy of the Company to ensure equal employment and promotion opportunity to qualified candidates without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, sexuality, gender identity or expression, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Royal Caribbean Group and each of its subsidiaries prohibit and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment.


All applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment will be required to comply with the Company’s mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. The Company’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy requires all employees who work from the Company’s offices or whose job duties require them to travel to our U.S. offices, ships, and/or private destinations be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are covered by this policy, you will be asked to complete Vaccination Attestation upon acceptance of this offer and upload proof of vaccination to the Company’s human resources system on your first day of employment unless an accommodation has been granted.




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