The Freshwave LLC has a career opportunity available for a motivated individual to join our team as a Sales Buyer. We are looking to expand our purchasing staff with an experienced Vegetable and Berry Procurement specialist. As a member of our Buying team, this position is responsible for identifying and procuring Vegetables and Berries for our Retail service customers. The ideal candidate is passionate about sourcing the best product available and creating mutually beneficial relationships with growers.
Responsibilities and Duties:
Negotiate and collaborate with suppliers on pricing, product assortment, promotions, ads, services and support. Acts as primary contact with direct suppliers. Continually identify and determine optimum source of supply to ensure best cost and highest quality. Select and order commodities from growers and purchase commodities on open market basing selection on nature of clientele, or demand for specific commodity utilizing knowledge and experience as a buyer to fulfill sales orders. Participate in daily inspection of warehouse products. Review inventory count sheets to assure accuracy of product available, and any overages or shortages, sales staff needs to be made aware of. Establish and maintain relationships with suppliers. Communitcate effectively and routinely with sales warehousing and transportation departments. Monitor and report trends in the industry and maintain awareness of market trends, food safety, and weather across all growing regions.
Maintain a high level of customer service at all times. 3-5 years of produce experience, knowledge of berries. Knowledge of USDA standards. Knowledge of PACA rules. Strong communication and relationship building skills. Ability to effectively negotiate and build strong parnerships with vendors. Ability to adapt to order changing, high volume work environment. Ability to multitask and have excellent organizational skills. Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and accomplish goals. Ability to concentrate in a noisy environment. Compliance with company policy and procedures.
Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.