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JOB FILLED - Sourcing Specialist

Job Description: 

Are you someone who enjoys the fast paced, ever changing produce industry? PRO*ACT is looking for a produce professional to join our team in Monterey as a Sourcing Specialist. As a PRO*ACT Sourcing Specialist you will provide value to distributors by sourcing high-quality products at competitive prices. Applying candidates must be a willing participant of a cohesive team, embrace multitasking and have superior communication skills with the utmost attention to detail.
The Sourcing Specialist will:

  • Maximize incentive programs by sourcing from respective supplier base; balance incentives with product quality and price to maximize benefits
  • Source and price P.O.s in a timely manner
  • Forecast market trends, product quality, availability and seasonal transitions; communicate to internal team and distribution network
  • Provide sourcing price comparisons as directed by department leadership
  • Ensure order fulfillment by utilizing data and reports to hold supplier partners accountable
  • Network and collaborate with internal team, distributor procurement and sales teams and suppliers to grow business
  • Build customer loyalty by working within each customer’s parameters (supplier preferences, quality needs, desired prices/incentives and timing requirements) to match them with the suppliers best suited to their needs
  • Visit suppliers, attend industry events and/or participate in annual sales & procurement conferences
  • Maintain thorough knowledge and expertise on all assigned products
  • Serve in “on-call” rotation: manage after-hours emergencies; communicate outcomes and/or additional needs with procurement; manage customer expectations throughout the process
  • Assist Account Managers as necessary
  • Other duties, as assigned

The successful candidate will have:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • 8+ Years produce experience required
  • 2+ Year relevant experience as a Sourcing Specialist, Buyer or other procurement professional preferred
  • Proficient in Excel and Word required
  • Familiarity with Smartsheets preferred
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment required
  • Ability to effectively communicate in stressful situations required
  • Ability to problem solve with minimal oversight required
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team required
  • Strong negotiating skills with a high focus on customer service required
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written required

PRO*ACT is America’s leading distributor of fresh produce to the fresh food industry, utilizing its network of over 50 distribution companies operating over 70 third-party inspected, independently owned distribution centers across the United States and Canada. PRO*ACT sources perishable product from premier local, national and regional suppliers and markets a one-call solution to fresh food operators who benefit from PRO*ACT’s category cost management through commodity contract pricing, in-house consultation services, and integrated produce program distribution management.


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