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Grocery Buyer

Job in MD Maryland - USA
Company: Safeway
Full Time position
Listed on 2019-05-30
Job specializations:
  • Logistics
    Logistics Manager, Supply Chain Management, Logistics Graduate
  • Distribution
    Distribution Manager
Job Description & How to Apply Below
Location: Upper Marlboro

Job Description

The Grocery Buyer is responsible for overseeing the work of the buying team to ensure profitable procurement and timely delivery of products for assigned lines. Works closely with Grocery Procurement Manager & Corporate Director, and Sales Managers teams to achieve the goals of the company. Provides supply chain/inventory management for a limited promotionally active grocery desk and corresponding financial accountabilities. Procures product in accordance with all policies and procedures established by the company.


  • Ensure that established policies and procedures are understood and adhered to by all procurement buying staff.
  • Work to obtain inventory and turn goals on assigned buying desk.
  • Assist Procurement Manager in setting performance targets for buying team in relation to anticipated and actual sales and see that these are maintained.
  • Assist in establishing projected sales and profit quotas.
  • Participate in the formulation of broad policies and long-range goals, objectives, plans, programs, and projects of the Distribution Center.
  • Interface with other departments and division personnel to accomplish job functions. Develop and maintain good working relationships with brokers, vendors, store operations, distribution center and division office personnel.
  • Reviews all product costs and marketing plan to ensure items purchased are at the lowest cost consistent with considerations of quality, reliability of source, and urgency of need in order to meet marketing plan.
  • Conducts post-promotional reviews and analysis to determine if promotional requirements were met and if there were problem areas, develops solutions.
  • Conducts logistics planning processes while ordering products to attain the best net product price possible.
  • Reviews all product costs and marketing plan to ensure items purchased are at the lowest cost consistent with considerations of quality, reliability of source, and urgency of need in order to meet marketing plan.
  • Reviews and resolves pre-books/allocations/scan based issues received from stores or division personnel.
  • Reviews and analyzes daily and weekly reports to check service levels and inventory turns, makes buying decisions as appropriate.
  • Visits stores, as needed, to monitor programs, obtain store feedback and to assess overall implementation effectiveness as needed.
  • Approves Accounts Payable variance processes for assigned items to ensure correct prices have been invoiced and billed to stores.
  • Resolves store billing questions by interfacing with distribution and store associates.
  • Resolves store distribution issues by acting as a liaison with the warehousing and transportation department and store associates.
  • Maintains all necessary department files and records.
  • Coordinates with Warehouse Operations to maintain the proper product flow through the facility, in a timely manner.
  • Develop and mentor members of buying team.
  • Remote access to buying system from home or off site location when necessary.


Education Level:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent Supply Chain experience. MBA a plus.

Experience Level:

  • Minimum 1 year of buying experience in the retail industry preferred.
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Demonstrated Leadership skills
  • Team Oriented

Skills and Experiences:

  • Retail operations/Marketing experience preferred or strong understanding of store operations and merchandising methodologies and practices.
  • Working knowledge of procurement, logistics and inventory management practices.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills, experience in taking initiative and making appropriate decisions.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Written and verbal communication skills as well as interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective business relationships within and outside the company as well as mentor assigned buyers.
  • Proficiency in PC systems required, including ability to utilize spreadsheets, macros and supply chain systems.
  • Must have the ability to represent the Company’s interests in negotiations with outside professionals and suppliers
  • Ability to concentrate and deal with frequent interruptions

*Depending on overall experience a candidate may be hired as a Buyer 1 or Buyer 2.



  • Some work to be performed in a temperature-controlled environment (perishable and frozen warehouses).
  • Bending, stooping and twisting required periodically.
  • Spends long periods of time at desk or computer terminal.
  • Uses calculators, keyboards, telephone and other office equipment in the course of a normal workday.
  • Workday is fast paced, some evening and weekend work may be required.
Company Description

Albertsons Safeway is working to become the favorite food and drug retailer in every market it serves. The organization includes 2,230 stores, 27 distribution facilities and 19 manufacturing plants with over 250,000 employees across 34 states and the District of Columbia. The company is privately owned with supermarkets across the country that include: Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, cars, ACME, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Shaw’s, Star Market, Super Saver, United Supermarkets, Market Street and Amigos.

Position Requirements
Less than 1 Year work experience
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