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Charlie's Produce Associate Produce Buyer in Seattle, Washington

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle Job ID 2024-5691 Overview Charlie's Produce - Who We Are Charlie's Produce is a privately owned wholesale produce company. We are the largest privately owned produce wholesaler on the West Coast, and we are growing. The secret to our success in this industry is PEOPLE! We strive to hire the best and we reward them with a working environment that fosters loyalty, stability, innovation, and growth. Charlie's was founded in quality, and we are proud that it is still our focus. With a team of dedicated people who are passionate about food, supply chain, and their community we are looking for likeminded individuals to help further our goal to enhance our communities through quality produce. What we offer: An amazing company culture! Medical/Dental/Vision on the first of the month following hire. ESOP (Profit Sharing) and 401(k). Paid vacations, paid holidays. Pre-tax commuter benefits, and onsite parking. Coverage under State Sick Leave. 100% Prepaid College Tuition for employees and their dependents. Employee assistance program (EAP). Additional Compensation Details: $29.51 - $38.36 hourly Dependent on Experience and Location of Role Potential 90-day performance-based raise Yearly review with possibility of increase based on performance and tenure. Responsibilities Associate Produce Buyer The Role: Responsible for turns purchasing of assigned items using existing procedures and tools. Responsible for purchase order accuracy, including correct items and costs. Responsible for inventory management of assigned items. Achieves or exceeds budgeted service level and spoilage. Helps to identify and report inventory discrepancies. Approves received purchase orders for vendor payment. Coordinates activities with other buyers under the direction of the regional procurement manager and/or procurement supervisor. Essential Duties and Responsibilities (any combination of the following job duties) Use best practice for order writing and inventory management. Follow best practice for purchase order management. Follow established buying cycles for assigned items. Effectively manage product costing following best practice. Follow established inbound and intra-company logistics procedures. Communicate potential inventory issues, prorates, and cost changes in a timely manner. Work with vendors to resolve product damage and quality issues and/or quantity discrepancies. Manage related claims. Learn and achieve key performance indicators (KPIs) for fill rate, variance management, proper inbound freight maintenance, PO accuracy, contract compliance, and other assigned KPIs. Consistently demonstrate ownership of and responsibility for items managed and one's results. Provides administrative support to the procurement department as needed. All employees are responsible for food safety and are expected to notify the appropriate manager, supervisor, or key personnel if they witness any compromise to food safety or food quality. Additional responsibilities as assigned. Qualifications Desired Minimum Qualifications Education requirements: High School graduate. Purchasing experience desired but not required. Computer competency, including Excel, Word, & Outlook as well as 10 Key. Knowledge of Power Enterprise a plus. Effective interpersonal skills. Able to manage multiple tasks and work well under pressure. Able to set priorities, meet deadlines, and able to accomplish team objectives. Strong basic math & writing skills required to quickly multiply & add cases/pallets & calculate product costs. Hear from Charlie's employees Supplemental Information This employer participates in E-Verify and will pr