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Company: F & S Produce Company Inc
Location: Vineland
Posted on: July 27, 2022

Job Description:

From our headquarters in Vineland, NJ, F&S Fresh Foods distributes fresh-cut fruits, vegetables, and meal solutions to nearly 100 million customers daily. Strategically and centrally located, our main hub has easy access to every major interstate on the Eastern Seaboard. With 650,000 square feet of devoted facilities, we process over 100 million pounds of produce annually for our retail, food service, and industrial customers alike.We have spent 40 years perfecting our production and safety processes, and our support and partnership have generated new possibilities for an array of customers from restaurants to convenience store chains to supermarket prepared food operations, and every high-volume fresh foods marketspace in between.Reporting to the Category Manager - Produce, the Buyer is responsible for the negotiation and purchase of fresh produce. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to: execute supply planning and purchase orders, analyze and communicate commodity market conditions, negotiate pricing, manage inventory levels, diagnose and troubleshoot issues, and negotiate transportation prices. This individual will also recommend alternate vendor sources as needed and make recommendations regarding cost reduction, forecasting of material prices, optimizing profit margins, and maintaining inventory accuracy.Principle Duties & Responsibilities

  • Executes the company's purchasing plan in accordance with the department's overall strategy and plan
  • Secure and analyze quotes; negotiate prices and terms with suppliers; recommend suppliers with respect to cost, quality, and delivery competitiveness for assigned responsibilities
  • Prepare and send purchase orders by verifying specifications and pricing; obtains recommendations from suppliers for substitute items as needed
  • Manages inventory levels and places replenishment orders according to production/demand planning needs
  • Verifies receipt of items by comparing items received to items ordered; resolves discrepancies with receiving department and suppliers as needed
  • Provides cost analysis information as needed by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data and trends
  • Works cross functionally with Quality, Production, Inventory and Receiving departments to identify opportunities for improvement and resolve issues in a timely manner
  • Communicate with vendors to find out status of an order - booking, loading, tracking, receiving
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities
  • Commitment and involvement with the company Health and Safety Program
  • Manage and troubleshoot supply and/or trucking issues, as required outside of normal office hours

    • A high school diploma or equivalent is required. A college degree in economics, logistics, supply chain management, business administration or agriculture is a plus
    • 5+ years in the fresh produce industry
    • 2+ years in fresh produce procurement
    • Good working knowledge of fresh produce including seasonality and geography
    • Working knowledge of MS Office, with advanced Excel knowledge
    • Effective communication skills, both written and verbal
    • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail
    • Collaborative, team player
    • Results focused individual with strong initiative
    • Able to work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision balancing multiple tasks/projects F&S CULTURE: As we continue to grow and provide leading edge products to our customers, we understand hiring the right people and treating them well is critical to our success. Everything we do starts with our values. These are the beliefs that we share and that strengthen our team. Our values shape our thoughts and actions every day. At F&S its Always FRESH and Always FUN! Find the most positive path.Respond swiftly, accurately, and nimbly.Earn trust by sharing, helping, and keeping promises.Serve up safety.Have each other's backs.F&S OFFERS: We are proud to provide a comprehensive benefits program focused on your total well-being.
      • Competitive compensation package
      • A robust health and welfare benefits package that includes Life, Health, Dental, Vision
      • The opportunity to plan for the future with a strong 401(K) including company match!
      • Time to recharge with Paid Time Off annually + Paid Holidays
      • Career Advancement opportunities and Tuition Assistance to help you achieve your goals and continue your career growth.At F & S Fresh Foods, we strive to build a diverse workforce through equal opportunity employment that embraces and leverages the differences each individual has to offer. Equal Employment Opportunity Employer of minorities/females/disabled/veterans. PI185025969

Keywords: F & S Produce Company Inc, Vineland , BUYER, Other , Vineland, New Jersey

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