Category Buyer- Foodservice

Published May 21st, 2024

Category Buyer- Foodservice
100%  – Onsite in Charlestown, MA 
$67,778.81 – $81,626.10 – Per Year – Full-time (Maybe a bonus)
A privately owned company— is a produce and specialty foods purveyor serving fine dining establishments throughout New England.
In addition to offering a complete line of fresh products that include fresh fruits and produce, dairy and value added fresh cut produce; the company works closely with local farmers and producers bringing a wide variety of local artisan items such as cheese, meats and hors de’oeuvres to their diverse customer base. ——  is a sustainable business leader certified by the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts and has been a recipient of the Boston Green Business Award for their support of local agriculture and green initiatives.

Full job description

Purpose: The primary purpose of this position is to secure the right product, at the right price, from the right source, at the right time to achieve the sales and financial goals of assigned categories and enable the company  to achieve budget.

Weighted Responsibilities:

1. Total Vendor Management: Replenishment Buying, Data Analysis (50%)

2. Source Products and Vendors: Obtain costs, Develop revenue sources (marketing programs, bill-backs), Seasonal bid work (20%)

3. Daily Sales and Operations (20%)

4. System Management: Maintain system integrity (i.e. Product /Vendor set up and updating, Process/correct invoice issues (10%)

Essential Functions:

  • Continually identify and determine optimum sources of supply
  • Manage service levels and inventory of assigned categories
  • Make purchase decisions and manage process for order fulfillment
  • Be responsible for procuring designated quality and quantity
  • Minimize cost of goods
  • Communicate favorable purchasing opportunities to management
  • Support established logistical procedures to facilitate product arrival
  • Communicate effectively to all department Directors, Managers and Supervisors
  • Seek opportunity/spot buys
  • Monitor and report items/categories/business trends within assigned categories
  • Maintain awareness of market trends, technology, and food safety
  • Maintain awareness of Costa Fruit & Produce Company’s marketing strategies and competitive activity
  • Ensure that product recalls are completed

Minimum qualifications:

  • College degree preferred, minimum HS diploma required.
  • Minimum of 3 – 5 years previous procurement experience in Foodservice, Produce, or similar industry.
  • Strong computer skills

•Maturity and strong negotiating skills

  • Dedication to quality and accuracy.
  • Multiple task management• Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and able to accomplish team


  • Excellent verbal, written, organizational skills
  • Mature, professional manner in dealing with all employees, customers,and management.

Hardware/Software/Equipment :

  • Personal Computer
  • Printer, Facsimile machine, Calculator
  • MSOffice including MSWord and MSExcel
  • Warehouse Management System (Food Distribute
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