Junior Buyer


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Job Description: 

The Jr. Buyer is Responsible for maintaining proper inventory levels of products based on usage. Assure that quality product is available at competitive cost. Support senior salespersons/buyers with store orders, product distribution, vendor purchase orders and relations. Interact as a team with sales, warehousing and distribution. Cover shortages promptly. Monitor product forecast, market trends and suppliers to determine future prices and availability. The ideal candidate will have a strong desire to work in an environment that is constantly changing and possess strong organizational, communication, and time management skills.

We are looking to add a Jr. Buyer to our team. 

Being a family-owned and run business, our team is family. We offer a great work environment, and a competitive compensation package including health benefits.

Responsibilities & Duties: 

Purchasing:

  • Support Salespersons/Buyers on all day-to-day functions; creating POs, monitoring pricing, contacting customers/vendors, etc.
  • Source, select and negotiate pricing.
  • Maintain vendor relationships; work with Vendors and Salespersons/Buyers to help negotiate better terms and/or costs for merchandise being purchased.
  • Work with dispatch to secure pickup, or with Vendors to secure on-time delivery.

Quality:

  • Must understand and be familiar with grades and conditions of various fresh produce items.
  • Actively review the quality of products to ensure aptness for customers.
  • Inspect inbound product for quality, grade and defects – communicate to Salespersons/Buyers.

Inventory:

  • Work hand in hand with inventory team.
  • Be aware of daily inventory items that may need to be moved quickly due to days on hand or quality concerns – report to sales team.
  • Communicate product returns if needed.
  • Communicate to Vendors when products show unseen defects – request price adjustments/protection.

Timeliness:

  • Must be punctual.
  • Be aware of scheduled times for outbound orders, and work to achieve these goals.
  • Communicate any issues relating to timeliness of delivery to Salespersons/Buyers.
  • Establishes and maintains a reputation of credibility and responsiveness; promptly returns vendor and store phone calls, ensures timely follow-up.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Competencies:

  • Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time.
  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments. Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  • Strong Communication – Able to communicate directions, obtains clarification to ensure understanding, and responds well to inquiries.
  • Professionalism - Manages competing demands; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Demonstrated ability to accept change and be a proponent of change in meeting customers’ needs, and as needed. 
  • Maintains professionalism during stressful situations and maintains composure. A Jr. Buyer represents the company when working with Vendors, as well as customers.
Requirements: 
  • Two or more years in food/produce industry – Required.
  • Highschool diploma/G.E.D.
  • Basic math skills and reasoning skills – Required.
  • Bi Lingual (speak/read/write) - English/Spanish – Required.
  • Intermediate computer skills (Word, Excel, Outlook) – Required.
  • Familiarity and experience with a wide range of produce items.
  • Strong communication and relationship building skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with others at all levels of organization.
  • Experience with Famous Software (preferred).
  • Experience with other produce software is a plus.

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to move/lift 40 lbs. unassisted.
  • Able to work in temperatures typical of a refrigerated warehouse environment.
  • Position spends 50% of time on feet either walking, lifting, pulling and pushing.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


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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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