Posted 6 months ago

Buyer Grocery

  • Full-time
  • Chicago, Illinois
Basic Purpose -The Buyer will utilize their category expertise and vendor specific knowledge to manage inventory levels for all assigned items, suppliers and/or categories while maintaining service level targets to our customers across multiple distribution centers.




Essential Functions:
- Delivers on KPI’s for desk specific goals such as: Service Level, Days-Inventory-On-Hand (DIOH), Excess and
Obsolete inventory (E&O) and Spoilage.
- Analyzes economic order quantities, forecasts, lead times, vendor set-up, safety stock, etc., in-order to create efficient
purchase orders with our suppliers.
- Proactively reviews projected out of stock report daily to ensure we deliver on customer order fulfillment.
- Communicates closely with our cross-functional partners to capture seasonal trends and events in the business as well
as drive profitability with accurate costs.
- Partners appropriately with product/category management team to maintain supplier relationships and proper
- Establish sharp communication with internal partners on supplier production delays or order shortages, while pursuing
recovery options with urgency.
- Collaborates with internal and external business partners to reduce overstock, slow-moving and obsolete inventory, as
well as initiate product returns where applicable.
- Utilize understanding of product shelf life and manufacturing dates in the prevention of spoilage for specific buying
- Cooperates with the logistics team to identify and achieve freight consolidation in order to maximize net income.
- Evaluates inbound volume and purchase history to collaborate with warehouse operations on efficient receiving
- Executes forward-buy opportunities to achieve profitability for period or year-end based on targeted goals.
***EOE Race/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Protected Veteran/Disability Status***

Education/Training:  Four-year college degree in business, operations, or supply chain management or equivalent food service industry work experience required

Related Experience:  Minimum 3 years of purchasing experience required; food service purchasing experience highly preferred. 


  • Decision making in executing replenishment and inventory management activities.
  • Subject matter expert on one or more product category.
  • Ability to foster vendor relationships while achieving performance objectives.
  • Possesses a high degree of professionalism, tact, and persistence.
  • Possesses superior analytical skills and communication skills.
  • Possesses the ability to solve complex problems in an expeditious fashion.
Proficiency required in the use of Microsoft Office especially Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as Microsoft Outlook.  PRISM and  E3/AWR/Manugistics experience preferred.
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