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Center of the Plate Buyer

Cedar Rapids, IA

Job Information:

Responsible for purchasing meat, chicken and may buy seafood items for wholesale/distribution. The buyer is responsible for purchasing items for wholesale/distribution, ensuring the items are at the highest quality possible and are at the volume and dollar amount specified when ordered. Familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, practices and procedures. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.


Required Skills and Experience:

  • A high school diploma or GED.
  • 2+ years of foodservice experience buying produce/eggs, fresh chicken, meats, frozen, seafood products.
  • The qualified candidate must be organized with excellent communications skills and can effectively solve problems in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be detailed oriented, organized, self motivated, dedicated to customer service, and able to multi-task with tight deadlines.
  • Possess the ability to understand how to obtain company goals, and remain calm under pressure.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • This position must pass a post-offer background and drug test.


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • College degree.
  • Foodservice distribution experience.


Position Responsibilities may include, but not limited to:

  • Purchase products within RFS standards to maintain a certain number of turns per year at the best possible price for the best possible product. Must be thoroughly familiar with products purchased as well as current market trends.
  • Responsible for monitoring and maintaining product gross margins relative to the Division’s targeted profit goals.
  • Replenishes stock in a timely manner to avoid being out of stock. Verify quantity and quality of stock received from manufacturer.
  • Successfully resolve problems with delivery, supply, invoicing, rejections, etc.
  • Source and maintain freight rates.
  • Responsible for inventory management and monitoring to ensure freshness, product quality and turnover for maximum return-on-investment.
  • Inventory management to include:
    • Maintain 99.5% or higher service level
    • Competitive Pricing
    • Ensure proper rotation of product
    • Manage excess and obsolete inventory
    • Expedite deliveries as needed
  • Ensure a quality product by keeping existing inventory within proper expiration codes. Purchasing product through buy-in opportunities in compliance with corporate direction. Take steps to reduce dead inventory according to department policy, requesting vendor rebates, return product to vendor, and remind sales reps of their original forecast. Review quality concerns on perishable overstock inventory and recommend plan for disposition of product. Maintain Daily Inventory status and usage. Create weekly hot sheets to aid in the sale of short dated products. Keep excessive inventory to a minimum.
  • Work with multiple departments and positions including Sales, Specialists, receiving department, accounting, marketing and vendors. Assist sales force with questions concerning product specifications and additions/deletions to inventory product lines. Work with other department buyers to ensure that purchasing is maintained.
  • Responsible for confirming accuracy on invoices of items received and ensuring correct price lists in the computer system.
  • Supervises clerks, buyers and assistant buyers to ensure timely and accurate completion of work.
  • Assist with projects and assignments as required.
  • Other projects or duties as assigned.


Physical Demands and Work Environment: 


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Due to the nature of our business in regard to such things as delivery schedules, order inputs, selection, and Department of Transportation Hours of Service, overtime, attendance and punctuality are essential job functions. Should an individual in this classification not be able to adhere to this requirement due to a disability, they should contact their Human Resources department to see what, if any, reasonable accommodation may be made.



All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Drug Free Workplace.


As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Reyes Holdings companies will recruit and select applicants for employment solely on the basis of their qualifications. Our Practices and Procedures, including those relating to wages, benefits, transfers, promotions, terminations and self-development opportunities, will be administered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status and all other classes protected by the Federal and State Government. Drug Free Employer.

Posted 11/07/17

Job ID: 62479