Category Manager/Buyer
at The Franklin Company

Date Posted: 6/1/2017

Job Description

This is a great opportunity for a Buyer with a major client in Edensburg PA.  This is a permanent position with regular business hours (open 7 days a week) with up to 25% of required travel.  Salary will be discussed with qualified candidates.

The Category Manager is strategic, with oversight over the sourcing and Procurement process. They will manage the company vendor relationships for their produce division for resale to customers at the wholesale level. 




  •  Purchase the specific produce which will be resold to wholesale customers. 
  • Analyze past buyer trends, sales records, price and quality of merchandise to determine value and yield.
  • Select, order, and authorize payment for merchandise according to contractual agreements. 
  • Meet and/or communicate with sales personnel for the introduction of new products. 
  • Use of software system to organize and locate inventory.
  • Operation of spreadsheet software.
  • Management of the produce bought with daily review of lost sales reports, items below minimum, credits, inventory adjustments, and suggested vendors and creation of purchase orders to replenish inventory.
  • Negotiate prices, discount terms, and transportation arrangements for merchandise.
  • Confer with sales staff to obtain information about customer needs and preferences.
  • Examine, select, order and purchase at the most favorable price consistent with quality, quantity, specification requirements and other factors.
  • Analyze and monitor sales records, trends, weather/seasons and economic conditions to anticipate consumer buying patterns and determine what the company will sell and how much inventory is needed. 
  • Mange pricing on all products to be competitive and within the profit expectations of the company.
  • Communicate with manufacturer sales representative to develop sales programs based on knowledge of vendor growth offers, competitive activity, new items, market trends, and related activities.
  • Evaluate vendor performance through sales, profits and inventory turns. 
  • Follow up on pricing, shortages, or damage discrepancies on invoices and authorize payment of invoices or return of merchandise.
  • Interview and work closely with vendors to obtain and develop desired products as well as to develop and maintain vendor/grower relationships. 
  • Compile weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly reports as requested. 
  • Creation of pre-books and selling sheets.
  • Prepare vendor bill back statements for regular products, TPR’s, Food/Trade Show deals, seasonal shipments and follow through for payment.
  • Solicit and prepare information for Food/Trade Show booklets. 
  • Manage inventory by reviewing aged inventory and reviewing inventory SKU count through reports and physical inventory checks.   
  • Collect MSDS sheets and/or grower information from vendors for all applicable items.
  • Must have knowledge of produce specific information such as growing seasons, inflation cycles and deflation cycles, inventory experience, and knowledge of pricing and value. 
  • Must have a working list of contacts within the produce industry.  
























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