HBC Buyer - Starting Wage $14.50

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Purpose  

To select, price, promote and merchandise designated products to meet objectives for sales, margin, inventory turns and to provide prompt, friendly, courteous customer service.

Responsibilities:

I. General

• Follow the Core Values as defined by EEFC's Core Value statement.

• Provide exemplary customer service to both customers and staff.

• Accurately communicate what the Co-op is and the process for becoming a member.

• Familiarity with store layout, products, and services.

• Familiarity and understanding of emergency procedures.

• Stay up to date with current storewide and departmental communications, policies, notices, and logs.

• Abide by Co-op policies as delineated in the Employee Handbook.

• Willingness and ability to learn to meet the changing needs and requirements of the job.


II. Departmental  - Purchasing

• With guidance of Grocery Manager, select department product offerings.

• Place orders to ensure regular and adequate supply for specials.

• Optimize stock levels to minimize out-of-stocks while maintaining strong inventory turns.

• Pursue discounts through distributors and sales reps; run specials and monthly member-coupon specials.

• Maintain dynamic product mix by bringing in new items and discontinuing slow sellers.  Choose products meeting the criteria established in the East End Food Co-op's Buying Guidelines.

• Evaluate vendors and investigate new sources of supply.

• Receive orders not handled by Stockroom Supervisor following established procedures.  Obtain credit from vendors as needed.

• With guidance of Grocery Manager, set prices within guidelines to achieve margin goals.

• Ensure accurate, up-to-date price labels and shelf tags for department items.

• Negotiate with suppliers for favorable price and quality.


III. Departmental  - Merchandising

• Plan and maintain attractive, fully stocked, rotated and faced sections.  Coordinate stocking priorities with Stockroom Supervisor and HBC Clerks.

• Ensure accurate, uniform, up-to-date department signs.

• Provide product information to customers and staff via the Marketing & Member Services Manager for the Co-operator, Customer Service, and any other marketing materials.

• Provide assistance with special orders and other prompt, friendly, courteous customer service.

• Manage Monthly Co+op Deals promotions:

  1. Work with Grocery Manager to establish promotions planning
  2. Work with Grocery Manager to establish preferred promotional items
  3. Work with POS Coordinator to ensure accurate pricing and data entry on promo items
  4. Request and maintain promotional signage.


IV. Departmental -  Maintenance

• Ensure that department areas (aisles, shelves, bins, and storage areas) are in clean, orderly condition, meeting health department, USDA and PA Department of Agriculture standards.

• Maintain department equipment in good working order.  Monitor cooler and freezer temperatures (where applicable) and follow established procedures for handling breakdowns.  Advise Grocery Manager of equipment problems or needs.

• Maintain organized, rotated backstock as time permits.

• Obtain credit from vendors where applicable.

• Communicate with accounting department about direct-vendor credit or invoice issues.

• Clean shelves and fixtures as time permits.

• Keep accurate records of shrink and calculate shrink extensions.

• Participate in quarterly inventory counts and calculate inventory extensions.

• Maintain an accessible contact list of department vendors.


Required Skills and Qualifications:

• General mobility requirements include the ability to: stand or sit for several hours at a time; lift up to 50 lbs. alone on a regular basis and 75 lbs. with assistance using safe lifting techniques; twist, turn, squat, and bend; do repetitive motions; visually read fine print; visually read a computer screen for long periods of time; climb a ladder.

• 2-3 years of experience purchasing retail foods.

• 1-2 years of experience in natural foods.

• Thorough knowledge of organic, natural foods, and non-GMO products.

• Able to produce quality work within the established deadlines.

• Retail or other experience serving the public.

• Must enjoy interacting with and serving the public. 

• Must have a friendly and outgoing personality and a positive attitude.

• Ability to handle multiple demands and stay calm.

• Accuracy and attention to detail.

• Organized and methodical in action.

• Excellent communication skills.

• Excellent trouble shooting skills.  Logical problem solving skills.

• Conflict resolution skills.

• Negotiation skills.

• Moderate proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and internet research skills.

• Familiarity with POS systems.

• Willingness to read industry publications on own time to increase knowledge.

• The ability to be reliable for regular scheduled shift work.

• The ability to work a flexible schedule.

• Willingness to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.


Desired Skills and Qualifications:

• 3-5 years of experience purchasing retail foods.

• 2-4 years of experience in natural foods.

• Experience purchasing natural foods.

• Experience with food cooperatives.

• Advanced knowledge of organic, natural foods, and non-GMO products.

• Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and internet research skills.

Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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