The Buyer will purchase and manage merchandise, commodities, and products for resale. The Buyer will assist in preparing reports, data entry and special projects as assigned.
Please note that this role will be relocating to our new facility in Lacey, WA in Spring of 2019.Responsibilities
Maintain exceptional level of customer service to stores.
Maintain awareness of new products, research new vendors and regularly incorporate new products into overall product mix.
Ensure accuracy of cost and sell prices.
Provide correct product information to Order Management in order to print accurate pick tickets.
Authorize payment of invoices or returned merchandise.
Coordinate and expedite most cost effective transportation of purchases.
Work closely with vendors to maximize service and minimize cost on assigned products.
Select and order merchandise from showings by manufacturers and brokers.
Establish and maintain positive and productive vendor relationships.
Maximize margins through inventory management, negotiation, category management, forward buys, and price items appropriately for resale.
Stay abreast of product knowledge and industry trends by becoming familiar with customer's attitudes, preference, and purchasing problems.
Monitor inventory levels and prepare Purchase Orders.
Inspect and grade or appraise agricultural commodities, or other merchandise to determine value and yield.
Inspect exchanged or refunded merchandise.
Participation in quarterly physical inventories.
Establish and maintain collaborative and productive working relationship with Facility Team Leader, Purchasing Director, other Directors, Team Leaders, all Team Members and, Regional Product Coordinators.
Models and cultivates effective inter-department and inter-facility communication.
Maintain and facilitate communication with department Specialists and Team Leaders at the store level regarding product movement, new items, specials, margins, credits, and discontinued items.
Perform other duties and projects as assigned by leadership.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Bachelor's degree or 1-2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education.
Thorough knowledge of natural foods industry and Whole Foods Market quality goals
Responsible for ensuring that all vendor organic certifications are on hand and current
Consistently communicate and model Whole Foods Market vision and standards
Communicate and maintain employee safety and security standards
Knowledge of all relevant Whole Foods Market policies and standards
Outstanding verbal and written communicator
Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
Ability to work well with others, self-motivated and capable of working independently with little supervision.
Able to work a flexible schedule based on the needs of the Distribution Center, including nights, weekends and holidays as required
Self-motivated with high attention to detail and thoroughness in approach with all paperwork
At Whole Foods Market we provide a fair and equal employment opportunity for all team members and candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability. Whole Foods Market hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the position to be filled.