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US Foods Sr Buyer Produce in Rosemont, Illinois

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The Sr Produce Buyer will utilize their category expertise and vendor specific knowledge to manage inventory levels for all assigned items, suppliers and/or categories while maintaining service level and spoilage targets to our customers across multiple distribution centers. Responsible for delivering forecast accuracy and forecasting per defined goals by SKU and/or product family. Collaborate with Logistics Operations, Produce Category Management, markets and Suppliers to understand USF optimized supply chain opportunities.

Delivers on KPI’s for desk specific goals such as: Service Level, Days-Inventory-On-Hand (DIOH), spoilage and freight income.

Proactively reviews projected out of stock report daily to ensure we deliver on customer order fulfillment.

Analyzes economic order quantities, forecasts, lead times, vendor set-up, safety stock, etc., in-order to create efficient purchase orders with our suppliers.

Communicates closely with our cross-functional partners to capture seasonal trends and events in the business as well as drive profitability with accurate costs.

Partners appropriately with product/category management team to maintain supplier relationships and proper accountability.

Cooperates with the logistics team to identify and achieve freight consolidation to maximize net income.

Point person for all third party logistic managed loads.

Evaluates inbound volume and purchase history to collaborate with warehouse operations on efficient receiving practices.

Executes forward-buy opportunities to achieve profitability for period or year-end based on targeted goals.

Confirm all purchase orders accurately using vendor confirmation as well verifying this cost using the loaded vendor price list.

Clear any costing discrepancies between the received PO’s and the vendor invoice, through the Buyer Match Pay process by 8 pm each Wednesday.

Work with vendors to reconcile any discrepancies. Achieve PO Cost Accuracy % on the Buyer KPI scorecard

Review all daily cost exception reports and take appropriate action to insure all costing data is accurate and up to date, including:

Review Last Cost Reasonableness report and resolve any issues

Last Invoice Cost to Total Market Cost variances

Weekly review of the Last Invoice Cost Book report and resolve issues

Inventory revaluation report including auditing any inventory gains

Set-up new item cost attributes to reflect accurate inbound cost

Review PO timing to identify and mitigate impact of LPM / LPW costs

Review PO freight costs for appropriateness and address issues with the appropriate stakeholder (ie, incorrect freight on PO, freight rate issues.

Maintain up-to-date and accurate freight information and maintain control of the freight rate process utilizing the Network Strategy Rate

Maintenance team and produce replenishment. Obtain current transportation market data to update rate information based on industry trends or cost increases.

Proactively ensure the accurate development of demand data based upon forecast, current inventory targets, replenishment lead-time and master data settings. Interpret and report forecast implications of phasing-in/out of items. Full ownership of forecasting of your desk.

Related Experience/Requirements: Minimum 4 years of purchasing, and/or related work in the procurement or logistics field, produce experience preferred. Prior experience working in a large fast paced foodservice purchasing and/or logistics environment strongly desired

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, excellent analytical skills, demonstrate a keen attention to detail, strong interpersonal skills, be able to communicate with vendors and across cross-functional. Knowledge of freight concepts and vendor pricing preferred. Must be able to manage successful relationships with product and transportation providers/suppliers.

Proficiency required in the use of Microsoft Office especially Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as Microsoft Outlook. PRISM and E3/AWR experience preferred

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We're continually updating our safety procedures and taking every measure to ensure the protection of our candidates, associates and customers. Our workplace safety efforts include using sanitized interview rooms, social distancing, providing masks and gloves and sanitizing truck cab interiors. We also have COVID-19 Wellness Checks for anyone entering our facilities and safety barriers in select locations in our production facilities. To help our customers make it in this challenging time, we’re providing robust support including webinars, one-on-one consults with our experts and detailed reopening materials.

US Foods is proud to have donated $10 million in food to help with COVID-19 relief efforts to help our local communities make it. Learn more here .

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 300,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With 28,000 employees and more than 70 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and generates more than $28 billion in annual revenue. Visit to learn more.

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US Foods, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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