Position: Fresh Produce Buyer Location: St. Augusta, MN Relocation: Company paid relocation is available for this position. Salary: $65K base+ UP Benefits: Full Health Benefits, 401K, Bonus, Vacation time & more.
Our client, a premier food company with customers nationwide is seeking an experienced Fresh Produce Buyer for their upper Midwest region.
As a Fresh Produce Buyer your responsibilities will include purchasing all repack materials, setting and adjusting selling prices, managing perishable inventory and completing inventory and profit reports. This position will provide an excellent opportunity for self-motivated, flexible individual who will enjoy a challenging and diverse job.
Must have knowledge of produce specific information such as growing seasons, inflation/ deflation cycles, inventory experience, and knowledge of pricing.
Analyze and monitor sales records, trends, weather/seasons and economic conditions to forecast consumer-buying patterns and determine inventory needs.
Purchase of all repack materials such as labels, plastics, containers and specialty items.
Establish and adjust selling prices by monitoring costs, competitive factors and supply and demand, while also working with sales staff to obtain information about customer specific needs and preferences.
Examine, select, order and purchase products at the most favorable price, consistent with quality, quantity, specification requirements and other established factors.
Responsible for the management of perishable inventory purchased by daily review of sales, inventory adjustments and inventory quantities.
Compile weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly inventory and profit reports.
Minimum 3 + years of purchasing experience in the produce industry.
Degree not required, but equivalent work experience in retail or wholesale environment preferred.
Possess the ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
Possess the ability to calculate demand for inventory.
Understand billing systems to monitor daily product movement.
Ability to understand shipments of freight and work with sourcing manager to send out orders timely.
Ability to limit perishable products that would need to be salvaged and sell off.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills with strong relationship building skills.
Knowledge of commodity locations, growing and harvesting practices, packaging and repackaging and distribution.