produce

Buyer

Location: GH Foods Houston, TX

Summary

Maintain targeted service and inventory levels for produce in all or a group of warehouses. Responsibilities to include analyzing, forecasting and procurement of goods to support promotional, ad sales and maintaining warehouse service level targets on a daily basis. Analyze and resolve other routine issues and problems specific to their assigned warehouse.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for forecasting and procuring produce and maintaining acceptable service and replenishment inventory levels. Approve and issue purchase orders to the commodities buying group for produce procurement.
  • Build trucks to ensure compatibility and quality of goods, ensure scheduling and loading of the truck from the growers and optimize trucking costs.
  • Maintain all firm orders –review changes and releases. Provide analysis on demands and service levels and reconcile warehouse receiving.
  • Manage working capital efficiently – for example, minimize aged inventory and promotional overstock. Collaborate with Consumer Demand to issue Return to Vendor, Dump/Donate, or Reduce Price to eliminate excess inventory. Authorized to transfer inventory between warehouses to sell excess inventory.
  • Manage new item ordering process to insure speed to market. Issue purchase orders to support new item introduction in a timely manner while minimizing supply chain costs.
  • Interact with division warehouses to resolve issues with management of shipping and/or receiving exceptions. Resolve issues related to shipments rejected by QA at the warehouse.
  • May manage vendor relationships with integrated product suppliers (e.g. packaged salads) and issue P.Os to vendors.
  • Entry level buying position. Expected to learn the fundamental skills and become proficient in buying: inventory management, promo forecasting, event analysis, item/vendor maintenance.

Duel Reporting Structure; This position will have direct reporting to the RFG VP or sales.  This position will be based at clients purchasing center.  As such, there will be indirect responsibilities to comply with site requirements and follow direction of site management.

Confidentiality Agreement; This position will require separate confidentiality agreements with both RFG and the client.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This job does not have direct supervision over any positions.

Competency:

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Oral Communication – Speaks and understands so as to follow directions and get clarification; Responds well to questions.
  • Written Communication – Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures. Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time. Supports organization’s goals and values.
  • Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently.
  • Professionalism – Approaches others in a tactful manner.
  • Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Adaptability – Manages competing demands; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time. Works a schedule to ensure that sanitation goals and responsibilities are executed.  Follows company procedures when absent.
  • Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments. Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

Qualifications: 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.

Education/Experience Level, Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations:

  • High School diploma required.
  • College Degree in General Business or Supply Chain Management required or can demonstrate equivalent experience.
  • 1 to 3 years’ experience – Store, retail or warehouse buying or merchandising experience preferred.
  • Produce experience is preferred.

Language Skills:

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions.  Ability to organize strategies and trends to communicate with others by various means including; verbal and electronic presentations.

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure.  Excellent analytical skills and the ability to maintain adequate inventories while maintaining in-stock conditions at store level.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.  Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks.

Computer Skills:

  • Basic computer skills (work, Outlook, Excel) preferred.
  • Ability to read computer generated reports preferred.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment:

The job has minimal hazards consistent with a traditional office environment.

Travel Requirements:

The job has minimal travel requirements. Travel may include rare visits to RFG corporate office, production plant or distribution center.

Note to Recruiters and Third Party Placement Agencies:

Renaissance Food Group will not accept unsolicited agency resumes. Please do not forward unsolicited agency resumes to our website or to any RFG employee. RFG will not be responsible for any agency fees associated with unsolicited resumes. Any unsolicited resumes received will be considered property of RFG and will be processed accordingly.

 

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