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Global Produce Principal Buyer

Company: Whole Foods
Location: Austin
Posted on: February 15, 2020

Job Description:

Job Description The Whole Foods Market Global Produce Purchasing Team leads the companys efforts to identify and secure the worlds best fruit, vegetables, and flowers for sale in our stores. Global Principal Buyers work with our suppliers, global and regional buyers, and other key stakeholders to lead procurement strategy on a broad range of produce categories (as assigned) for distribution to all Whole Foods Market stores in the United States and Canada. Key responsibilities include: category strategy, assortment planning, promotional planning, demand forecasting, supply plan development, management of supply agreements and contracts, supplier selection and relationship management, cost forecasting and control, and execution. The Global Perishables Team is a fast-paced, detail-oriented, and team-focused work environment. This position reports to the Executive Leader of Produce Procurement and position will be located in either Watsonville, CA or Austin, TX Responsibilities: - Provide procurement leadership at global scale for produce and floral categories - Partner with Executive Leadership and Category Managers to define assortment to create and manage supply that aligns with Whole Foods Market retail goals - Develops and executes category assortment plan including supply partner assessments, assortment analysis, item planning, and forecasting with all relevant constituents to support the program - Advance and evolve category supply strategy based on financial expectations, category role, category performance, customer and product trends, competitive landscape, and Whole Foods Market differentiators. - Develops and executes category promotional strategy including planning and executing key promotional events and competitive landscape alongside the direction of Category Managers and Key Whole Foods Market leaders - Conducts ongoing analysis of category performance, trends, and competitive assortment and pricing. - Develops strategic relationship with key suppliers, internal and external analysts, in order to garner insights into new trends and products; new items, differentiated products, merchandising and promotions. - Partners with Exclusive Brands (Private Label Team) to integrate branded/ exclusive programs into overall category strategies and with Marketing with promotional and marketing events. - Negotiate, write, and manage short and long-term supply agreements, contracts and programs - Contribute to long range supply development work on global perishables team that supports trends, and long-term guidance - Provide strategic supply direction to all key WFM constituency with scheduled frequency - Assist in the development of the Global Buyers, focused on the execution of supply agreements, product programs, vendor relationship management, and execution of hot buy/spot buy ad opportunities - Establish clear, relevant and timely communications to Regional Produce Coordinators, Regional Leadership (RVPs and ECs), DC Facility Leadership and GPP Leadership. - Drive and enhance team structure and business processes to support growing GPP operations. - Actively participate with GPP leadership and Global Produce Coordinator Team to build the best program Qualifications: - Commitment to the principles and core values of Whole Foods Market. - Commitment to the highest level of customer service and a passion for good food. - Passion for sustainable agricultural practices, socially responsible initiatives and the highest quality standards. - Extensive experience in category strategy, planning and execution, contract management and RFP management - Six years experience in the produce industry, preferably in large scale procurement or sales. - Creative thinker with a passion for brand and product development. - Detail-oriented with strong analytical skills. - Excellent communication including written, verbal, and listening skills - Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information - Ability to work independently and in a group. - Excellent communication skills, ability to teach & mentor; excellent team building skills. - Possess sound judgment and be levelheaded and fair-minded. - Ability to travel (up to 50% of time) supporting suppliers and all the Whole Foods stakeholders At Whole Foods Market, we provide a fair and equal employment opportunity for all Team Members and candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, marital status, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic. Whole Foods Market hires and promotes individuals solely based on qualifications for the position to be filled and business needs.

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