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Hiring for Fruit Buyer Position

Earl’s Organic Produce is seeking a candidate for the position of Fruit Buyer.

Responsibilities

  • Procure highest quality commodities at a price that meets the needs of both our customer and vendors;
  • Work closely with Logistics Coordinator on inbound shipment logistics as needed;
  • Ensure effective inventory management and perform daily inventory to evaluate quality and condition of items purchased;
  • Research and identify highest quality sources of organic fruit commodities;
  • Closely monitor market conditions and emerging purchasing opportunities to evaluate buying opportunities for the company;
  • Negotiate competitive and mutually satisfactory prices with vendor-stakeholders
  • Execute multiple purchase orders throughout each workday;
  • Ensure sufficient inventory levels are maintained to satisfy customer orders, quality expectations, and promotional agreements;
  • Resolve any arrival issues that may come up in collaboration with the Quality Assurance Team;
  • Manage the quality and quantity of incoming product;
  • Manage shipment logistical arrangements as needed;
  • Communicate pertinent supply, quality and promotional information to internal team, including the Purchasing and Sales departments, in a timely and detailed manner, both verbally and in written forms;
  • Expand relationships with existing vendors and establish and maintain relationships with new vendors;
  • Research and identify new items and supply channels;
  • Partner with Sales on large volume deals;
  • Contribute to process improvement efforts;
  • Participate in team projects and activities;
  • Punctuality and regular and reliable attendance;
  • Perform other duties as assigned as directed.

 

Qualification Requirements

  • B.A./B.S., or equivalent work experience; 5 years hands-on fresh produce experience, preferably in quality control, retail merchandising, or purchasing role.
  • Proficiency with inventory database programs and basic desktop application software. Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite and Database software.
  • Excellent communication skills including reading, writing, and verbally communicating effectively and professionally with others business departments, customers, and vendors. Ability to handle difficult situations with a high level of professionalism.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Ability to work well in an entrepreneurial environment and a culture of experimentation where creativity can help achieve company goals.

 

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume, and three references via email to HR@earlsorganic.com

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