Associated Grocers of New England has been feeding New England and growing careers since 1946. As the largest retailer-owned, wholesale distribution center in New England, AG knows how to best serve the needs of its unique customers.
We are currently looking for a Buyer in our Procurement department. This is a full-time position, Monday to Friday, 8am - 5pm. The right candidate will be responsible for purchasing and managing inventory of assigned non-perishable categories in an efficient and timely fashion, as well as leading organizational resources for meeting or exceeding customer Service Level (SL) targets while minimizing warehouse shrink costs. Key procurement resource for customer-related service and OOS communications (with Sales, Advertising, Retail Services).
The Buyer will purchase and monitor inventories via the buying system to ensure optimum levels within assigned products and categories. On a daily basis, you will analyze purchasing and sales data, inventories, and vendor/supplier issues to place orders that meet customer Service Level requirements, minimize Cost Of Goods Sold (COGS) and warehouse shrink.
These all contribute to providing the best pricing to customers and members. It is also essential to maintain and monitor demand planning considerations and parameters by inputting and making adjustments to the system including but not limited to: price changes, inventory turns, vendor min/max , lead times, usage inconsistencies, back orders and schedules to meet sales and profitability goals.
It is important to proactively predict customer needs and requirements, and modify the ordering system's historically-based recommended order quantities to anticipate demand changes, as well as research sources of supply, and advises Category Merchandisers on cost effective, COGS minimizing alternatives. During peak periods, the Buyer will determine and clearly communicate priorities to the warehouse and transportation.
Expedites shipping and deliveries as needed. Lead communication and liaison resource between vendors, brokers, other departments and customers for order status, purchasing procedures, and problem resolution. This position also ensures compliance with AGNE's purchasing procedures, procurement code, and user requirements and maintains records (information, files, reports, price lists) in accordance with established policies, procedures and audit guidelines for assigned products. They will perform other duties as assigned.
ESSENTIAL SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:
The right candidate for this position will have an associates degree and 2-4 years of purchasing and/or retail experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. They will have knowledge of product seasonality, and strong attention to detail. The right candidate will have strong organization, prioritization and problem solving skills in addition to strong math skills to include the ability to calculate figures/amounts such as discounts, percentages and averages.
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