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Fresh Produce Buyer

London/Hybrid Remote
c. £40,000
Closing date
18 Feb 2022

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Business Sector
Food & Drink
Contract Type
Full Time
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Fresh Produce Buyer

Are you an experienced buyer with knowledge of the fresh produce industry? Do you thrive on taking a proactive approach to create solutions? Are you looking for a role where you can have a genuine impact not just within the company but within the community?

The Role:

We are looking for a delightfully odd (and hungry) solution-driven fresh produce buyer who will ensure regular consistent quality and supply aligned with demand.

Alongside end-to-end sourcing you will help develop a competitive product offering based on what our customers want, all with a focus on commerciality and sustainability.

Primary responsibilities:

As a Fresh Produce Buyer, you will put customers first by developing a deep understanding of who our customers are and what the core product offering is, so you can source produce in line with the business strategy.

  • Design exciting seasonal weekly box content for customers, based on the availability of produce from our supply base
  • Work closely with suppliers to understand forward weekly availability and stay aware of buying opportunities
  • Buy a variety of fresh fruit and vegetable produce, negotiating the best price in line with the business requirements
  • Work closely with suppliers to build long term relationships to ensure future supply and to build strategic supplier partnerships
  • Inform suppliers of any quality issues, provide supporting information and completing claims where necessary
  • Work with Customer Happiness Team to review and monitor customer quality complaints, putting in place corrective actions or alternative sourcing arrangements
  • Manage supplier relationships, track and report supplier performance and complete supplier reviews and site visits


What we’re looking for:

  • A track record in the fresh produce buying sector
  • Great excel skills and a love for numbers - you'll need a strong use of data to support your buying decisions
  • A passion for the fresh produce sector and for our mission to end food waste
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, and the ability to apply your energy to achieving results
  • A proactive approach  to getting things done
  • Ability to operate effectively in a team whilst also confident working alone
  • Flexible, with the ability to adapt to the changing priorities and needs of the business
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Keen attention to detail

Other details:

  • Start date – ASAP
  • Duration of role – permanent / full-time
  • Occasional evening and weekend cover may be required
  • Location – Our office in Vauxhall offers a great space to work and collaborate. Most of our colleagues spend 2+days each month in Vauxhall. Our colleagues also spend some time in our Distribution Centre in Croydon alongside occasional visits to our co-packing partner in Birmingham and other trading partners
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