The Replenishment Buyer – Produce; utilizes Demand forecasting, Logistic, Operations, Distribution, Category and Supplier specific knowledge to determine Produce procurement and inventory management strategies for multiple warehouse formats and locations. This individual works closely with Demand Planning and Costing while exercising independent judgment and discretion to solve complex, multi-stakeholder, replenishment related issues while aligning with key performance objectives.
Monitor and independently determine the timing and quantity of items to purchase based on a detailed understanding of products, suppliers, category, market, quality and forecasting indicators. Manage inventory levels across facilities ensuring adequate supply, meeting or exceeding key service level performance indicators including:
+ Inventory loss minimization (spoilage)
+ Days Inventory on Hand (DIOH)
+ Customer Order Fill Rates
+ Excess and Obsolete Inventory Reserve
+ Managed Cases/Freight Income
+ Inbound Cases/Pallet
+ Slow and Dead Inventory
+ Special Order response time
Use critical thinking to analyze and interpret multiple sources of information (including but not limited to; produce market trends, market supply data, seasonal sales trends, quality reports, and product shelf life) to determine the optimum course of action needed to meet customer specific requirements.
Track Supplier performance through vendor confirmation process and source fresh product from alternate suppliers when appropriate in order to maintain service levels.
Assess the financial impact of replenishment activities in all decision making and implement cost effective solutions.
Proactively anticipate potential replenishment issues by utilizing available reports and other procurement tools in a disciplined and timely fashion.
Collaborate with Category Management on developing the correct inventory portfolio for Produce categories by location.
Establish productive Supplier relationships which support collaboration and Supply Chain KPI’s.
Analyze, react to, and adjust open orders based upon the daily review of product demand, inventory levels, seasonality, market trends and anticipated sales.
Effectively communicate with key stakeholders addressing inventory requests and concerns. Support and collaborate with other Produce Team functional areas to meet or exceed service level goals.
# EOE Race/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Protected Veteran/Disability Status
*Education/Training:*Four-year college degree in business, operations, supply chain management or equivalent food service industry work experience preferred.
*Related Experience:*Minimum one year purchasing and/or customer service experience within required. Produce experience preferred.
+ Exercises independent judgment and decision making in executing replenishment and inventory management activities.
+ Subject matter expert on Produce and / or applicable perishable categories.
+ Ability to foster Supplier relationships while achieving performance objectives.
+ Possesses a high degree of professionalism, tact, and persistence.
+ Possesses superior analytic and communication skills.
+ Possesses the ability to solve complex problems in an expeditious manner.
+ Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office with emphasis on Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. PRISM and E3/AWR experience preferred.
Majority of time is spent sitting in a comfortable position at a computer for long periods of time. Position is located in an office setting.
**Primary Location:** Rosemont-IL
**Schedule:** Full-time **Shift:** Day Job
**Job Function:** Buyer
**Job Level:** Individual Contributor
About US Foods
Why US Foods? As one of America’s top 10 largest private companies, we offer talented professionals outstanding opportunities for personal and professional development. We maintain a strong focus on growth in a high-performance environment. That means your work will be challenging and rewarding. We conduct business in a highly ethical manner and maintain an unwavering commitment to operational excellence, safety, and environmental responsibility. As important, we encourage collaboration and value each member of our diverse and talented team.