Job ID 2019-14472

USDA Commodity Specialist (Part Time)


Customer Service/Support

1300 GEZON PKWY SW WYOMING, MI 49509-9300


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We are looking for a part-time employee to join our Commodities team! 


The USDA Commodity Specialist manages the School Commodity Management Application system by managing USDA commodity items, customer entitlement, and vendor information. Supports the Bid Analyst by providing commodity information at the item and vendor level.


Essential Functions:

  • Loads and maintains the CMA and Production Acquisition application to ensure the customer capability to purchase commodity products to ensure compliance with state requirements.
  • Locks customer pricing on awarded commodity bid items in CMA system and validates the vendor sales agreements.
  • Supports the pricing for commodity items on commercial bids by providing the Bid Analyst with commodity item information, vendor information, and pricing strategy.
  • Initiates new item setup in GFS Product Acquisition and enters cost into GFS Cost application for USDA Commodity items.
  • Loads and maintains vendor information in the CMA system and initiates vendor setup in the GFS Product Acquisition system. Resolves failed transactions with the vendor through third party verification systems.
  • Maintains the CMA system to ensure entitlement balances from third party services are properly loaded and product inventory is properly received and released in the CMA system.
  • Manages aspects of product inventory including warehouse transfers, monthly storage fees reporting, and force shipment of product.
  • Provides reporting to GFS Vendor Receivables Department and external vendors for deduction payments.
  • Interacts with Sales, Procurement, Traffic, Transportation, and other GFS departments and external GFS customers.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:

  • Must have excellent written, verbal, organizational and communication skills as well as problem-solving capabilities.
  • Must have the ability to multi-task, prioritize and be able to work independently or within a team environment.
  • Must be accurate and have special attention to detail.
  • Must be able to clarify and process legal requirements, have good computer skills and mathematical aptitude.
  • Must understand pricing logic.

Equipment / Tools / Technology:

  • Desktop or laptop computer 
  • Networked printer/copier/facsimile machine
  • Microsoft Office products (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer)
  • Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Drive, Sites, Groups)

Minimum Years of Experience:

  • One to two years previous food service experience or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • In lieu of the specified education and experience requirements, a proven capability to perform the essential functions of the job, as demonstrated by an equivalent combination of education, training and/or relevant work experience may be considered.

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