• Buyer (Produce) Level 12

    Job Locations US-NC-Hickory
    Posted Date 5 months ago(10/16/2018 9:19 AM)
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  • Overview

    Procurement of all assigned produce in order to provide top quality product at a price that achieves both retail customers' and company goals and objectives. Level 12.




    Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:

    • Maintain gross profit on all assigned items in order to achieve yearly budgeted objective. 
    • Maintain inventory levels on assigned items in order to achieve service level objectives and keep shrink as low as possible. 
    • Maintain turns of assigned product in order to meet budgeted objectives and provide the freshest produce possible to retail customers. 
    • Work closely with merchandisers of retail groups we service in order to formulate information on ad item that will meet customer needs. (Ad plans, quality projections, ship dates). 
    • Seek out new items and present to MDI customers for placement on an ongoing basis in order to provide our retail customers with a competitive selection of top quality produce. 
    • Communicate with merchandisers on an ongoing basis all information concerning new items, product changes, market changes, 
    • SRP changes, and any problems that would affect good delivery of product to their stores. 
    • Inform all suppliers of MDI's quality requirements for fresh produce being delivered to our distribution center. Set standards, "PLU" numbers, and UPC codes where needed on all items stocked. 
    • Work closely with warehouse and in-house quality control inspector to ensure proper rotation and distribution of all assigned items. 
    • Work closely with quality control inspectors to ensure the highest level of all inbound and in-house produce in order to meet retail customers' standards when delivered at store level. 
    • Increase the retail produce sales of MDI customers to meet or exceed assigned budgeted sales goals. 
    • May perform other duties as assigned by manager.


    Must have good communication skills. Four year degree in Business Administration. Must have successfully managed a produce department. Must have three to five years experience in produce operations and related areas, including produce merchandiser and produce buyer. Experience in FOB procurement. Floral experience. Handle stressful atmosphere. Good understanding of USDA standards. Coordinated multiple ad groups simultaneously.


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