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Position: Buyer

TriMark USA is one of the nation's largest providers of design and build services, equipment and supplies to the foodservice industry. TriMark offers operators an unrivaled level of customized service by combining the hands-on support and local market knowledge of a strong, regional supplier with the purchasing strength, industry expertise, and delivery capabilities of a national company. We partner with our customers, which include national chains, independent restaurants, healthcare facilities, K-12 and universities, entertainment venues, and many other segments, providing tailored solutions and essential products to operate with greater efficiency and realize better bottom line results. Our aim every day is to serve with excellence, meeting the needs of foodservice professionals so they can achieve their culinary vision.

Position Summary/Objective
The Equipment Buyer is a mid-level professional who will generate purchase orders for special stock items in the most efficient manner through timing, combining stock and special orders and job orders to make pre-paid freight thresholds and achieve order requirement that yield extra discounts; work as a conduit with/between suppliers and sales to execute purchase order revisions (price discrepancies, add/delete/change items and ship dates) to ensure company is buying correctly; audit invoices to ensure company is paying correct prices and are being charged correct freight; manage supplier and item date in the AS400 and AQ systems so buyer/sales staff have current and accurate data to use when creating orders; control inventory by leveraging various exception reports.
Essential Functions & Responsibilities

  • Learn and possess current working knowledge of all vendor lines for commercial kitchen equipment
  • Purchase special and stock items at the right quantity, right cost, and tight timing
  • Creation of new stock items
  • Create, cut, process purchase orders
  • Negotiate with vendors to ensure best cost possible to increase profitability
  • Maintain accurate and current supplier and item information to ensure that pricing, terms, and deals are proactively updated in the AS400 and AQ systems
  • Audit invoices and addressing any issues in a timely fashion where costs and freight terms are not correct
  • Maintain inventory for par levels by using various buying reports to ensure adequate fill rate is available for customers
  • Assist in providing price lists and reports to sales personnel on equipment products enabling timely and accurate pricing for Sales to provide to customers
  • Supervise and manage the Equipment Buyer Assistant
  • Advise sales personnel of out-of-stock equipment items; estimated availability; and making recommendations for alternate product
  • Requires frequent contacts with vendors/manufacturer representatives, other TriMark Divisions, and other designated purchasing staff
  • Foster positive relations and communications with warehouse, receiving, sales, and accounting personnel
  • Other duties as assigned
 
Competencies, Skills and Abilities
  • Ability to multi-task at a high level
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong sense of ownership
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Excellent customer service attitude
  • Strong negotiating skills
  • Ability to manage a heavy workload
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to type 50+ wpm
  • 10-key proficient
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent math skills; firm grasp on basic accounting
  • Intermediate level knowledge and experience with MS Office Suite
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Ability to work independently
Education & Experience
Essential Education:
  • Post-secondary higher education indicating level of self-investment
  • Must complete CFSP Test within first 3 years of employment
Preferred Education:
  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration – Operations, Supply Chain
  • Completion of or credits toward CPM certification
Essential Experience:
  • Minimum 2 years buying experience
  • Demonstrated success managing a role with competing priorities and tight deadlines
  • Demonstrated success working across multiple computer platforms in a fast-pace environment
Preferred Experience:
  • 4+ years buying experience
  • Experience in buying foodservice equipment or similar durable goods for a service industry
  • Some personnel management experience
  • Experience using AS400 or similar “green screen” program utilizing function for navigation

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