Buyer - Fresh Kitchen

Caito Foods - Indianapolis, IN3.2

Full-time
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 to assist department management with inventory management and maintaining flow of product in assigned categories to achieve total customer satisfaction. Work with management team to purchase products and/or merchandise from established vendors to be sold at Company retail locations and to independent customers.

Minimum Requirements
Degrees
High School Diploma (Required)
or GED required. College degree preferred.
Job Experience
Two years experience in procurement, merchandising, retail operations or related area.
Supervisory Experience
NONE

Responsibilities and Essential Duties
Maintain and monitor inventory levels, purchase items from assigned vendors and arrange for timely delivery in the most efficient manner based on the review and analysis of computer-generated reports, sales data and product demand projections.
Oversee inventory to maintain or achieve company standards for Economic Order Quantity (EOQ), fill rate, inventory levels and budget turns, and to improve sales, margins and inventory targets.
Identify aged and/or discount inventory and partner with internal business partners or vendors to remove from distribution center(s).
Determine promotional quantities for advertising projects based on analysis of trends and projections, and may negotiate with vendors on pricing, mark-downs, etc.
Prioritize delivery schedule to distribution centers and communicate schedules accordingly to 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.
Assist with the return of incorrect deliveries/products and provide vendors with necessary information for credit/exchange as required.
Develop strong working relationships with cross-functional departments (i.e., Sales, Category Management, Distribution), vendors, etc. to ensure accurate inventory levels and timely delivery of products.
Maintain accurate buying documentation within the buying system, department records and files, etc.
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 attention to detail, organization, multi-tasking, prioritization and analytical skills. Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel). Working knowledge of procurement principles and skills. Experience with procurement system(s) strongly preferred.

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. May be required 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.

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