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JOB FILLED - Produce Buyer

Job Description: 

Veg Fresh Farms is seeking a Buyer responsible for planning, scheduling, negotiating, sourcing, and procurement of fresh produce consistent with company policies and procedures. This position ensures the continuous flow of products most efficiently and cost-effectively by managing the supply chain.


  • Coordinate and identify suppliers of products, negotiate weekly price and quantity terms, and establish long-term contracts to ensure an adequate supply of high-quality products for competitive prices.
  • Negotiate prices and quantities ordered based on customer orders, economic order point (volume discount vs. efficient utilization of warehousing space), promotion of the product, and overall market conditions.
  • Select vendors based upon their ability to provide a continuous supply of products; overall service level; responsiveness to the market as shown through product innovation; quality and value of the product; and their understanding of the marketplace.
  • Select products based upon application to our market, product performance, alternate sources of supply, and the overall reputation of the vendor.
  • Maintain relationships with vendors by resolving problems with invoicing, product, or delivery to ensure quality service and longevity of relationships.
  • Anticipate potential problems and risks, and generate ideas, insight, and solutions to resolve problems.
  • Negotiate long-term contracts based upon the same considerations and need for continuous supply.
  • Provides product and pricing information and makes recommendations regarding the pricing structure for product lines based on volume and margin considerations.
  • Analyze supplier performance and negotiate lead time reduction and/or stocking programs with suppliers to reduce inventory burden.
  • Work with Category Managers in planning and projecting the expected needs.
  • Demonstrate effective collaboration skills through open communication and sharing pertinent business information.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • 3 years of fresh produce purchasing, wholesale, retail, or related work experience
  • Strong knowledge of the produce industry, market trends, and pricing strategies.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel and Word.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs and work in a refrigerated environment
  • Must have a valid Driver’s license and reliable transportation.
  • Ability to identify and qualify new or alternate product sources, represent the company successfully, and exercise flexibility in your approach to negotiations with suppliers.
  • Ability to analyze varying product and service features, prices, and qualities, and determine the most cost-effective purchase for the organization.
  • Ability to resolve issues and make timely recommendations and decisions by being resourceful.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, government regulations, and legal documents.
  • Ability to travel and work limited weekends and holidays.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.
$70K-$90K DOE
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