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Grocery Category Buyer

General Purpose: To maintain the consistency and uniformity between the Grocery Departments in each of the stores in the areas of pricing, sales, product selection and merchandising by uniformly enforcing policy, procedures and protocol. Also, work with the Regional Trainer-Merchandiser to provide support to the Store Managers and Grocery Department Managers in each store by assisting in the areas of training, personnel management, problem solving, margins, inventory management, and all-store sales.

Essential Duties:

Buying Responsibilities:

  • Evaluation and submission of new items for approval, research product background and ingredients in response to customer inquiries, and ensure all our existing and new products meet our product standards.
  • Write monthly ads and negotiate discounts with brokers, distributors and manufacturers.
  • Negotiate and set-up monthly all-store sales for items.
  • Develop and maintain the LPN program and on-going discounts.
  • Maintain large buy-ins and deep discounts for the warehouse program.
  • Oversee quantity purchasing in all stores making sure discounts are maximized and inventory controlled.

Category Management:

  • Evaluate movement of products for a successful and diverse product mix discontinuing and replacing slow movers utilizing both industry reporting (SPINS) and in-house programs (Category Management) to make determinations.
  • Provide Space Manager with final selection to be entered for the schematics.
  • Establish and maintain a set category management schedule for new items and departmental resets.
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Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate performance of Space Manager and provide direction as needed.
  • Evaluate performance of Regional Trainer-Merchandiser and the completed sets/programs.
  • Oversee the Regional Trainer-Merchandiser in the maintenance, organization and supervision of merchandising for the department with new items, displays, monthly ads, discontinued items, product mix, sets, schematics, programs, etc and provide appropriate feedback.
  • Work with Regional Trainer-Merchandiser in helping the departments to maintain bottom-line gross margins; investigate and make corrections when target margins and inventory levels are not being reached/maintained.
  • Perform departmental evaluations monthly or more often as necessary.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Maintain contacts with industry brokers, sales reps, and manufacturers and act as main contact for distributors relative to discontinued items, invoices, deliveries, ongoing programs and new programs.
  • Support the hiring and training of new Regional Trainer-Merchandisers and Grocery Department Managers.
  • Maintain consistent communication and follow-through with Regional Trainer-Merchandiser and Grocery Department Managers.


  • Must have a minimum of 2 years experience of both purchasing and as a highly effective Department Manager.
  • Ability to establish and maintain broker relations.
  • Proven leadership and team-building skills with the ability to constructively address performance issues.
  • Strong negotiating skills.
  • Ability to analyze financial reports and make operational corrections in order to achieve financial goals.
  • Ability to travel between stores.
  • Intermediate math skills.
  • Must be computer literate with experience in Windows, Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Natural foods knowledge and industry connections very helpful.

Physical Demands:

  • Able to work periodically in refrigerated working environment.
  • Ability to hear and speak clearly in order to communicate with customers, vendors and staff.
  • Ability to squat, kneel, bend and reach above head in order to merchandise and stock in the grocery department.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

Work Environment:

  • Approximately 50% of time on sales floor (retail setting) and 50% of time in an administrative environment.

*This position description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job. This position description is subject to revision at any time.