• Produce Buyer - Union City

    Job Location US-CA-Union City
    Store Support Staff (Corporate/Field Support)
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  • Overview

    The Produce Buyer is responsible for procuring the highest quality product and grade product at the best market cost. The Produce Buyer executes promotional program negotiations and daily supplier performance management. The Produce Buyer manages inventory properly by following best practices in forecasting, inventory management and proactive decision making with the support of the Sr. Produce Procurement Manager.

    Essential Functions

    • Procures the best quality, specification and grade produce at the best market price, adhering to contract and program expectations.
    • Processes purchase orders at the right quantity and frequency to properly manage inventory and ensure high fill rates and low unplanned forced allocations, while meeting expectations for product turns\freshness and low shrink.
    • Completes tasks and meets deadlines in updating items and costs, order guides and ad worksheets.
    • Supports problem resolution associated with inbound arrivals, inbound freight, excessive and aging inventory and supplier performance including on time delivery\dock out, adherence to grade, specification expectations, low rejection rates and store arrival issues.
    • Gathers and communicates relevant market information to produce procurement leadership.
    • Assists with gathering new and existing information and helps facilitate new item set up and maintenance processes.
    • Work directly with suppliers to facilitate collection of item, cost, and delivery information.


    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Physical Requirements

    • Bachelor’s Degree preferred with a minimum of three (3) years of experience in produce buying; or an acceptable combination of education and experience.
    • Ability to successfully manage concurrent projects and meet deadlines.
    • Excellent customer service skills.
    • Ability to preserve confidentiality of information.
    • Strong sense of urgency with the ability to prioritize.
    • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, & Outlook).

    The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by a team member to successfully perform the essential functions of this position or that a team member encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    • Most work is performed in a normal office environment
    • Lift and carry materials weighing up to 50 pounds
    • Operate a variety of standard office equipment including a computer, telephone, calculator, copy and fax machine requiring continuous and repetitive arm, hand and eye movement
    • Travel to/from meetings and to various locations




    In addition to a rewarding career, Sprouts offers a comprehensive program to help support you and your family. These programs include:

    • Competitive pay
    • Opportunities for career growth
    • 15% discount for you and one other family member in your household on all purchases made at Sprouts
    • Flexible schedules
    • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 


    Eligibility requirements may apply for the following benefits:

    • 401(K) Retirement savings plan with a generous company match
    • Affordable benefit coverage, including medical, dental vision
    • Pre-tax Flexible Spending Accounts for healthcare and dependent care
    • Company paid life insurance and short-term disability coverage

    Why Sprouts

    Grow with us!

    If you have a passion for inspiring people and a flair for fresh food, consider applying for a job at Sprouts! With a focus on customer service, our neighborhood grocery stores offer high-quality, farm fresh produce, natural meats, plenty of scoop-your-own bulk goods and much more in a fun, friendly, old-fashioned farmer’s market setting.  Come grow your career in healthy living with a fast-paced, rapidly growing company and teams that pride themselves on empowering others along their journey.



    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this work. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements. Sprouts’ management reserves the right to amend and change duties, responsibilities, and requirements to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.



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