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JOB FILLED - Buyer Salesman

Job Description: 
Coast Produce is a family owned and operated produce and fresh foods company that has been an industry leader for over 65 years. Our foundation of core principles of honesty, integrity, reliability, and hard work continues to be the key to our growth and strategic direction. Evolving from a Los Angeles based wholesaler through today supplying customers covering 13 states from our corporate office in California, west to Hawaii and east to Texas. We are a NMSDC certified minority owned, small business classification company with products and services ranging from ethnic and specialty product line, repack and custom branding and packaging, consolidation, cold storage, and transportation. 
Job Description: 
We are actively searching for experienced personnel to join our Coast Team in a “buy/sell” (buyer and salesman) role. The candidate must fit into the Coast Produce culture and complement our core principals. Existing book of business for sales and/or established grower/shipper relationships are preferred as we look to grow our customer base, geographical reach, and enhance existing product line both in product and grower base. Looking for a candidate that takes initiative, displays an innovative thought process towards business development, a detailed approach to business, and an effective communicator. 
Responsibilities & Duties: 
  • Develop and maintain strong relations with growers and shippers throughout the United States and other import areas
  • Develop category programs that maximize net revenue opportunities while growing customer penetration and grower/vendor support
  • Support business development activity with existing customers as well as penetration of new customer development
  • Develop category target plans for top accounts with Account Managers/Category Managers for greater penetration
  • Own daily, promotional, and contract pricing decisions.
  • Support and help drive the companies branded sales programs
  • Focus on innovation within the retail industry and provide solutions to help drive retail sales programs.
  • Work with Category Managers to help develop supply chains to grow sales while providing profitable returns to grower vendor network
  • Communicate local and regional programs for additional sales opportunities
  • Consistently provide education to all internal sales and account managers throughout the company.
  • Be a positive role model for Coast Produce Co. within the retail and produce industry 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration preferred but not required
  • Minimum 3+ years fresh produce experience preferred (in buying and selling roles) with experience in retail buying preferred
  • 3+ years category management experience at the retail level preferred
  • Strategic and creative thinking skills as well as Strong analytical and problem solving skills required.
  • Excellent customer & supplier service communication skills
  • High degree of knowledge of the grower & shipper within the produce industry
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong team player
  • Travel will be required up to 10%
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills – Microsoft Office, Excel, Word and Outlook
Coast Produce Company is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability status or other category under applicable law.
Employer will consider for employment qualified Applications with Criminal Histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Act.
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