Buyer
Job Details
Experienced
PCF - Portland - Portland, OR
Full time
4 Year Degree
Day shift

Pacific Coast Fruit Company is a local, family owned produce distributor that has proudly served our Pacific Northwest retail, wholesale and food service customers since 1977. We are now one of the largest independent produce distributors in the Northwest with distribution centers in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington.

We are currently seeking an experienced Buyer for our Portland Oregon office.

Position Summary:  As a member of our Buying team, this position is responsible for identifying and procuring conventional and organic product for our Retail, Wholesale, and Food Service customers..

We’re looking for someone who is passionate about sourcing the best product available, creating mutually beneficial relationships with growers, and working collaboratively with others to create value for our customers and the company.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Establish and maintain consistent contact with growers and suppliers.
  • Explore sourcing alternatives and new products.
  • Communicate consistently and effectively with internal and external partners.
  • Recommend and establish strategic sourcing programs specific to customer needs and expectations.
  • Work closely with team to ensure we are obtaining the right products, at the best quality available, at the best cost.
  • Partner with sales and service managers to support new product/new customer sales.

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 3-5 years related job experience OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Familiarity and experience with a wide range of produce items, including local and organic product.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and ability to create and follow a business strategy.
  • Strong analytical and reporting skills, and the ability to use data to inform solid business practices.
  • Knowledge of commodity locations, growing and harvesting practices, packing, and repacking, and other produce suppliers, distributers and processors.
  • Strong communication and relationship building skills and the ability to work effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization.
  • Proficiency in MS Office products, with emphasis in Excel.
  • Ability to speak and write in English is required.  

Competencies:

  • Proven business acumen
  • Problem Solving – Demonstrated skill identifying and resolving problems in a timely manner; gathering and analyzing information skillfully; developing alternative solutions; working effectively in group problem solving situations.
  • Judgment – Includes appropriate people in decision making process and asks for help when needed.
  • Professionalism – Approaches others in a professional manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.
  • Ethics – Inspires the trust of others; works ethically and with integrity; maintains confidentiality; upholds organizational values.

 

 If this sounds like your kind of job, we’d love to hear from you! 

Pacific Coast Fruit Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. To ensure that we continue to maintain a safe environment, all employees must pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check prior to beginning work.

 

 

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