Experienced Produce Buyer #5152

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Job Description: 
Established field buying organization with high volume of purchases located in the San Joaquin Valley of California is looking for an experienced produce buyer; preferably with citrus and melon experience and knowledge.
Responsibilities & Duties: 
  • Build and maintain customer and vendor relationships.
  • Manage purchasing decisions to ensure 100% on time delivery rate of the best quality products at competitive cost.
  • Track and maintain contract fulfillment on a weekly basis.
  • Negotiate pricing and volumes with vendors.
  • Coordinate and manage transportation as needed, as well as handling transportation concerns regarding on-time delivery expectations.
  • Responsible to coordinate several QC team members in different growing areas.
  • Work with vendors and customers to create special buying opportunities in the effort to generate additional sales and profits at retail level.
  • Work on continuous improvement of quality and reduce rejections at delivery.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Must possess strong analytical skills.
  • Must have a strong ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Deal strongly, but fairly with a high degree of integrity in all transactions.
  • Represent our company and customers professionally at all times.
  • At least five years of fresh produce procurement experience, preferably in citrus.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of produce commodities, vendors, market pricing factors, quality indicators, and PACA laws.
  • Strong computer skills, (Microsoft office programs). Experience with ITrade a strong plus.
Competitive base salary and bonus program, plus benefits.

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