This position reports to the Sr. Produce Buyer and is responsible for tasks relating to product supply and replenishment of products within specified categories, including overseeing distribution logistics, item database maintenance, purchasing, quality control coordination and inventory management. Assist category managers in implementing, monitoring, and executing the category business plan.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
Optimize category sales and enhance product variety though vendor negotiations
Develop and supervise procurement and distribution strategies for a select category
Establish and maintain good business relationships with product and information suppliers to facilitate effective category management
Manage item movement, selection, and inventory levels
Maintain current product market awareness and knowledge
Manage vendor authorization process.
Manage introduction process of a new item appropriately through all parts of the business
Accomplish department marketing, demo, and co-op budgets and develop new sources of support
Oversee management of vendor and product files
Ensure product quality/spec and service standards throughout supply chain
Manage ad item procurement, confirmation, and order/projection process
Supports overall company category business plans
Manage buying performance to meet/exceed budgets, margins, fill rates, and shrink rates
Ensure proper methods for handling, labeling, and storage of organic and conventional produce
Manage and communicate pricing, PLU, UPC, and product information to internal pricing department
Candidates must possess the following skills:
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Bilingual, Spanish and English, is a plus
Proficient in Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Familiarity with placing standard or promotional orders helpful.
High attention to detail.
Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, and strong analytical skills
Ability to make quick decisions on collection of sound data and hard facts.
Ability to report quantitative analysis and complete daily and weekly operational reporting.
Ability to manage multiple tasks (delegate, prioritize, time management)
Ability to withstand cold temperatures for extended periods of time
Candidates must have a Bachelor's degree (B.A/B.S.) from a 4 year college or university; at least three years of QC experience in direct produce and floral department operations and management and/or equivalent combination of education and experience. Retail Management Certificate is desirable.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, where the Company began over 145 years ago, Smart & Final Stores, Inc. operates more than 300 grocery and foodservice stores under the “Smart & Final,” “Smart & Final Extra!” and “Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice” banners in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho and Utah, with an additional 15 stores in Northern Mexico operated through a joint venture.
For years, Smart & Final banner stores were known as the “smaller, faster warehouse store,” primarily focused on providing customers with club-size items. Throughout its evolution, it has remained committed to adapting to the changing needs of the neighborhoods it serves, most notably through its 2008 introduction of Smart & Final Extra! stores. Uniquely positioned to offer time- and money-savings for both household and business customers, Smart & Final Extra! stores include expanded fresh and frozen products, organic and natural products, bulk foods, oven-roasted chicken and many other items sold in convenient sizes. In addition, all Smart & Final stores continue to offer 50% more club-size items than a traditional club store, with no membership fee required.
While Smart & Final stores target both households and businesses, Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice stores are primarily focused on serving foodservice professionals; operators of small restaurants, catering companies, businesses, and nonprofits. It also provides household customers with a high quality and value option for stocking-up their kitchens and preparing for holidays, parties and events.