Produce Buyer

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Job Description: 

The Produce Buyer is responsible for securing the best quality and grade of produce at the best market cost for 99 Cents Only Stores LLC. This position manage all produce activities for 99 Cents Only Stores LLC including product sourcing, program implementation, vendor partner negotiations and oversight, weekly sales and margin requirements, turn and trend analysis, and adherence to inventory and service level goals. The Produce Buyer manages inventory properly by following best practices in forecasting, inventory management and proactive decision making with the support of the Fresh Director.

Responsibilities & Duties: 
  • Demonstrate excellence and discipline throughout the buying process (negotiations, work ethic, and standards of behavior) in a fast-paced environment
  • Become a category expert (shop new markets and competitors to source new ideas/products) for produce procurement leadership
  • Drive store level merchandising for your categories (end-cap directives, register program, signage...)
  • Partnering with key departments and stakeholders, including Operations, Integrated Planning, Logistics, Financial Planning & Analysis
  • Development and execution of department sales and margin plan
  • Provide leadership to direct reports to help the team achieve results
  • Develop and execute strategy for 3rd party network of vendors
  • Identify, develop and manage complex vendor relationships
  • Process purchase orders at the right quantity and frequency to manage inventory and ensure high fill rates and low unplanned allocations
  • Drive the delivery of Budgeted Targets for Shrink and Scrap
  • 2+ years of produce procurement experience in a high-volume grocery/retail
  • Experience and knowledge in produce merchandising
  • Full cycle produce knowledge including growth rates, regionality, storage
  • Produce supplier experience preferred
  • Exceptional communication skills at all levels of the organization
  • BA preferred

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Our company is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law.

This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination.

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