Responsible for assisting the category managers on a daily basis in buying and coordination of the purchasing of product(s) and to fill all sales orders, while meeting the company quality standards.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Responsible for the management of perishable inventory purchased by daily review of item usage, sales, inventory adjustments and the creation of purchase orders (PO’s) to replenish inventory.
Purchases products at the most favorable price consistent with quality, quantity, specification requirements and other established factors, and does all required follow up until product is successfully received.
Works in collaboration with Supply Team on new products and sales opportunities, and provides recommendations regarding new products handled and/or items to be discontinued; communicates findings to sales team.
Responsible for spot-checking the quality of incoming product.
Develops and maintains good, positive working relationships with suppliers, brokers, agents, sales contacts and/or importers.
Coordinates with sales in the area of entering and receiving of drop (FOB) shipments.
Works with warehouse and suppliers on delivery problems, back orders and product returns.
Collaborates with other Supply Team members on various supplier transactions, including new supplier and new product set up and transfers.
Works with accounting on PO discrepancies.
Assists with completing new item forms, sales templates for seasonal opportunities and special projects; updates and maintains department logs and literature, as needed.
Responsible for updates and necessary follow-through on price changes and allowances.
Follows company ethics guidelines and the Perishable Agriculture Commodities Act (PACA), regarding business practices as it applies to the buying function. Completes and understands the online PACA training class.
Works with Category Manager on any additional projects or tasks as needed.
All other duties as assigned and/or required.
Education and/or Experience
1-3 Years of produce/perishable buying experience preferred.
Four-year degree (B.A. or B.S.) from an accredited college or university a plus.
Must have strong working knowledge of produce and/or perishable foods, product quality and market place environment.
FOB buying experience preferred; specialty produce purchasing experience a plus.
Must be proficient with MS Office including Outlook, Word, and Excel.
Knowledge of FoodDistribute software a plus.
Other Skills and Qualifications
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Bilingual in Spanish is preferred, but not required.
Must have excellent attention to detail, strong analytical aptitude and administrative abilities.
Must have ability to properly prioritize workload, work under high volume conditions and have ability to take direction from multiple sources.
Must have personal integrity, be able to adapt to a flexible work schedule.
Must have a valid California Driver's License and proof of automobile insurance.
The physical demands described here are representatives of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; and stoop knee, crouch, or crawl.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or, move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and extreme cold. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.