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Lead, Food and Beverage Buyer

Royal Caribbean Group

Royal Caribbean Group

Accounting & Finance
Miami, FL, USA
Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Journey with us! Combine your career goals and sense of adventure by joining our exciting team of employees. Royal Caribbean Group is pleased to offer a competitive compensation & benefits package, and excellent career development opportunities, each offering unique ways to explore the world.

The Royal Caribbean Group’s Food and Beverage Purchasing Team has an exciting career opportunity for a full time Lead, Food and Beverage Buyer reporting to the Director, F&B Procurement.

This position will work on-site in Miami, Florida.


The Lead, Food and Beverage Buyer​​​​​​​ is responsible for the management and coordination of their assigned staff in fulfilling the goals and objectives for their assigned category. They oversee Buyers in a fast-paced environment for the negotiation and management of goods and services on an on-going and/or emergency basis. They are responsible for managing suppliers and inventory levels to ensure vessel orders are fulfilled and on time. The Lead Buyer will establish category level strategy in alignment with departmental goals and initiatives and perform periodic RFQ / Bids to secure best price and service for products in the category. The 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 Internal and External guest’s satisfaction and operational requirements of the company vessels.


  • 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.


  • 6-8 years’ experience and or training or equivalent combination of education and knowledge

  • 6+ years Purchasing and/or Buyer experience

  • Advanced MS Excel or reporting skills

  • Advanced 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 effectively present information and communicate with all levels of Management

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Ability to manage time effectively and efficiently

  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally at short notice.

  • Moderate level knowledge of uniform commercial code and company standard terms and conditions.


  • 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, 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. Visual requirements include distant, close and color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. The environment includes work inside/outside the office. Position has travel averaging 5 to 10 percent of the time.

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.