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5 Sep 2019

Southwest Produce Buyer – Arizona

Posted by Jennifer Mazza, Jennifer@producecareers.com – Anywhere

Job Description

Job #35515

A well-established food distributor is searching for a Produce Buyer to join their team. The qualified candidates must be motivated, team oriented, ambitious self-starters with a proven track record in exceeding established performance standards. The buyer will be Responsible to include analyzing, forecasting and procurement of goods to support promotional, ad sales and maintaining warehouse service level targets on a daily basis. Analyze and resolve other routine issues and problems specific to their assigned warehouse. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Responsible for forecasting and procuring produce and maintaining acceptable service and replenishment inventory levels. Approve and issue purchase orders to the commodities buying group for produce procurement.
  • Build trucks to ensure compatibility and quality of goods, ensure scheduling and loading of the truck from the growers and optimize trucking costs.
  • Maintain all firm orders –review changes and releases. Provide analysis on demands and service levels and reconcile warehouse receiving.
  • Manage working capital efficiently – for example, minimize aged inventory and promotional overstock. Collaborate with Consumer Demand to issue Return to Vendor, Dump/Donate, or Reduce Price to eliminate excess inventory. Authorized to transfer inventory between warehouses to sell excess inventory.
  • Manage new item ordering process to insure speed to market. Issue purchase orders to support new item introduction in a timely manner while minimizing supply chain costs. 

Skills and Qualifications: 

  • College Degree in General Business or Supply Chain Management required or can demonstrate equivalent experience.
  • 5+ years of experience.
  • Foodservice, retail or warehouse buying or merchandising experience preferred.
  • Produce experience is required.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish is preferred but not required. 

Salary: DOE, Medical Benefits, 401K, relocation assistance.

Please contact Jennifer Mazza, Jennifer@producecareers.com

Job Categories: Buying, Procurement. Job Types: Southwest. Job expires in Endless.

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