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Produce Purchasing Associate Boston Organics

  • Date Posted June 06, 2019
  • Location Boston, MA
  • Category Business
  • Job Type Full-Time
Company Description Since 2002, Boston Organics has been delivering fresh organic produce and groceries to households and office break rooms throughout the greater Boston area. We are a Certified B Corporation and are committed to using business to help build a healthy food system.

At Boston Organics, we value a positive attitude and teamwork; treating customers, colleagues and vendors with respect, providing excellent service; and delivering fresh produce of the highest quality. Job Description We are seeking a unique individual who is passionate about organic food, loves crunching on some numbers and apples and wants to help us build a sustainable food system.   

Basic Function
Responsible for the purchasing and inventory management of produce that goes into the weekly boxes.

  • Manage inventory to match supply with demand and reduce spoilage.
  • Maintain agreed upon margins.
  • Procure locally grown produce and other local products whenever possible.
  • Develop, build and maintain relationships with growers and suppliers.
  • Locate sources with most favorable pricing while maintaining the highest quality.
  • Maintain an organized system for quotes, purchases, credit requests and vendors contacts.
  • Notify marketing/customer service of changes in price and availability to ensure timely notifications to customers and website updates.
  • Perform follow-ups regarding shortages, damaged items, and discrepancies with vendors, and maintain related documentation.
  • Communicate any associated issues that may impact operations, such as quality concerns and shipping delays.
  • Understand and follow the company’s policies and guidelines regarding purchasing.
  • Communicate with other departments regularly to ensure quality and smooth operations.
  • Availability to work early mornings and occasionally on week-ends due to adjusted schedule.
  • Monitor trends and propose and launch new products and services
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Math aptitude
  • Analytical
  • Problem solving
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Team player
  • Be a self-starter and work without direct supervision
  • Possess a strong work ethic
  • Time management
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Professionalism
  • Negotiations
  • Ability to adapt, be flexible and grow
  • Excellent spreadsheet skills (MS Excel)
  • Proficiency in database applications
Experience / Training
  • Prior inventory and purchasing experience desirable.
  • Experience with shipping and receiving logistics
  • Experience with ERPs (i.e., SAP B1) a plus.
  • Experience in Organic produce a plus
  • Familiarity with USDA Organic, Fresh Fruit & Vegetable grade standards a plus
  • Grocery or food service industry experience preferred.
Education Bachelor’s Degree Compensation this position is PAID: salaried, varies DOE, $35,000.00 - $50,000.00 How to apply Please click here to sign in and view application details.
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