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6 Sep 2019

West Coast Produce Buyer – Ventura/Santa Barbara Counties

Posted by Tara Schwartz, – Anywhere

Job Description

Job #35518

Well established, strong food distributor has a great opportunity for a Produce Buyer.  The role will manage procurement of all fresh produce items, including fruit, vegetables, value-added products.  Company is located in the Ventura County / Santa Barbara County region and has a very strong company culture.

Duties and Responsibilities

This position is responsible for ensuring that products are purchased at competitive prices, of acceptable quality, and maintained at reasonable inventory levels as per company guidelines.

  • Locates sources of supply, obtains written quotes from suppliers, negotiates prices and places orders for product consistent with Company quality standards.
  • Monitors inventory levels daily, and places orders according to company guidelines.
  • Reviews the below minimum report daily, and acts on products that are going to be out of stock prior to the next order being delivered.
  • Handles day to day calls from sales as to inventory questions – stock on hand, PO due dates, special order questions, product questions, etc.
  • Assists sales in getting price quotes as needed and help the marketing department with information about new item flyers and tracking/notifying sales upon arrival.
  • Performs other related duties as required and assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university; five years of produce buying experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must have knowledge of market conditions and sources of supply with the demonstrated ability to plan and organize the purchasing function.


  • Demonstrated ability to use a computer system to obtain and manipulate data, request reports, answer inquiries, etc.
  • Demonstrated the ability to use a computer for word processing and spreadsheet manipulation.
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.
  • Excellent organizational skills, multi-task skills, oral and written communication and strong follow up.
  • Strong negotiation skills and ability to do presentations to groups.

Please contact Tara Schwartz,

Job Categories: Buying, Procurement. Job Types: West Coast. Job expires in Endless.

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