Buyer Leaf

Altria Client Services

Richmond, Virginia

5/8/2020 4:10:22 PM


Engineering Manufacturing Operations



Do you have general knowledge of tobacco leaf standards, looking to drive quality at a leading consumer packaged goods company? If so, then we have an opportunity for you!

We are currently looking for a Leaf Buyer in our Tobacco Leaders Program. You will be responsible for assigning value, grading and purchasing the tobacco needed to manufacture company products.

Key Responsibilities

• Lead direct contract purchase activities.
• Execute check-in & contract requirements review.
• Assign accurate stalk position & quality.
• Execute quality control activities (CPA/TSNA sampling, NTRM Search, calibrations). Monitor shipping.
• Complete all required documentation & records management requirements.
• Provide project support and serve as Team Lead. Examples include but are not limited to: GAP Assessments, NTRM inspections, buying process improvement.
• Lead receiving station start-up and shutdown activities: equipment calibration and inventory management, order buying & office material, start-up scheduling.
• Support leaf utilization and International Leaf Procurement activities as assigned.


• High school diploma required with minimum 10 years tobacco buying experience OR Bachelor's degree with minimum 5 years tobacco buying experience.
• Knowledge of leaf processing, tobacco production, grades, grading standards and quality requirements.
• Strong interpersonal communication skills.
• Actively listen to partner concerns & appropriately communicate pertinent information to the business.
• Utilize SAP system to execute buying.
• Serve as subject matter expert for business process activities between farm, receiving station and stemmery.
• Ability to work in extreme hot, cold and dusty conditions and stand for long periods of time.
• Ability to travel 75% of the time.
• Capable of distinguishing colors, textures and aroma to determine leaf grades, stalk positions and quality.
• Because Driving is required for the position, you must have a valid U.S. driver license in good standing for the last 3 years. Any DUI/DWI conviction in the last 3 years will be an immediate disqualifier for the position.

Richmond, VA - Virginia


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