Buyer, Fresh

Caito Foods - Indianapolis, IN3.2

Full-timeEstimated: $45,000 - $58,000 a year
For the team at Caito Foods, the produce business is straightforward. It’s about buying the best products available and being devoted to freshness. Working together, our goal is to make our customers’ jobs easier by ensuring that the freshest and most on-trend products make it to kitchens nationwide. Our outstanding team fulfills that promise every day.

Position Summary
Responsible for overseeing fresh procurement and buying for assigned distribution center(s) to achieve the overall goals in inventory management, freshness standards and service levels, working with suppliers/vendors and distribution center teams. Negotiates cost of goods with vendors and purchases products/merchandise from established vendors to be sold at Company retail locations and to independent customers.

Minimum Requirements
Associate's Degree (Required) Supply Chain Management
Business Administration or related area. An equivalent combination of education and/or experience will be considered.
Job Experience
Four years experience in procurement, retail, wholesale fresh buying or related area.
Experience in a grocery, wholesale, food manufacturing or food industry environment preferred.

Responsibilities and Essential Duties
Responsible for the total assigned fresh category (meat/seafood, produce, bakery/deli) procurement and buying for assigned distribution center(s).
Implement the fresh procurement strategy and solicit feedback from the field on customer relationships, industry trends and strategy implementation to recommend new products, quality and grades of fresh products.
Negotiate cost of goods with vendors to ensure profitability within fresh category procurement; procure products based on necessary quantities and, depending on assigned area, select vendors to maximize sales, minimize out of stocks and/or maximize product quality through the manufacturing process..
Work with management to achieve the overall goals in inventory management, freshness standards and service levels, and to drive company goals and initiatives, sales, gross margins, inventory fill rate, internal and external customer relationships and marketing efforts to achieve maximum sales and profit.
Facilitate resolution of product supply issues with vendor, warehouses and/or retail locations. May assist with the return of incorrect deliveries/products and provide vendors with necessary information for credit/exchange as required.
Ensure delivery of goods as scheduled; contact vendors to finalize purchase order transactions, expedite orders as required, resolve discrepancies and/or follow up as needed.
Responsible for item maintenance and accurate documentation within the purchasing system and department records. Develop and maintain working relationships with cross-functional business partners (i.e., Merchandising, Distribution, Retail, Manufacturing, etc.) and external vendors/suppliers. Partner cross-functionally to optimize transportation efficiencies, ad planning, merchandising, sales planning and/or manufacturing.
Maintain current knowledge of industry trends and best Procurement/Merchandising practices; make recommendations to improve current programs and processes.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and levels of work being performed as assigned for this job. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and requirements; additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed.

Knowledge, Skills Abilities
Strong verbal and written communication skills. Strong organization, attention to detail, prioritization and time management skills. Strong negotiation, financial acumen, analytical and decision-making skills. Demonstrated success working with cross-functional areas in multiple locations, gaining cooperation and support from other functional areas. Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Working knowledge of purchasing systems. Ability to travel up to 25% of time.

Physical Requirement
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. May be required to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. The associate is frequently required to sit/stand/walk. Must be able to travel. While performing the duties of this position, the associate is subject to a typical office environment and is rarely exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

General office equipment (i.e., computer, telephone, copy/facsimile machine, etc.)