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Produce Buyer – Midwest
Posted by Jennifer Mazza, Jennifer@producecareers.com
A well established and reputable produce distributor is seeking a Produce Buyer to join their team. The Buyer is responsible for purchasing assigned products competitively within established grades and standards in a timely fashion. The ideal candidate must be analytical, able to work under high amounts of pressure, and enjoy finding the best strategy to efficiently manage their portion of the supply chain.
Purchase assigned products competitively to specification.
Maintain daily work list at designated location.
Interact and communicate with the procurement, sales and operations team on product status to achieve continuous and open flow of information.
Meet or exceed goals given by the Procurement Director.
Strive to improve inventory turns, reduce out of stock, control shrink and maintain FIFO inventory.
Monitor product quality to ensure customer satisfaction, by daily visual quality checks and monitoring daily inventory reports.
Communicate quality issues with operations and quality control.
Manage incoming freight for timely arrivals to eliminate out of stock and to improve operational efficiencies.
Supply cost and market trends to the retail marketing staff for the development of books and daily selling opportunities.
Negotiate and report to marketing ad and market buster offerings and pricing available from shippers.
Supply market opportunities of deal product to marketing for development of incremental sales.
Bachelor’s degree preferred.
5 + years successful experience as a Category Manager/Buyer in the produce industry or at least 10 years successful related experience in the produce industry.
Proficient skills in Produce Pro or similar software, Microsoft Office and common E Mail systems are required.