JOB VACANCY: FRESH PRODUCE BUYER





The Company

Meade Farm Group are an award-winning Fresh Produce Company who operate from their state-of-the-art family farm in Lobinstown, Co. Meath. The Company established in 1982 has grown from a single packing store to an advanced and progressive farm & food production facility to make the journey from field to fork as efficient as possible. They currently employ close to 400 people in several production & professional positions.


Job Role & Responsibilities

  • The Senior Fresh Produce Buyer will assist with developing and maintaining their team of growers, while securing the very best quality standards of fresh produce, together with managing & overseeing national retail accounts.

  • Communicate effectively with their own Farm Team on demand & supply.

  • Manage the supply of fresh produce in the short, medium, and long term through effective competitive buying, inspecting quality and logistical & supply chain management.

  • Maintain strong working relationships with strategic and long-term suppliers and customers to assure quality, fulfilment, sales & value.

  • Respond to and resolve queries daily from customers and suppliers efficiently.

  • Coordinate procurement in line with sales requirements and stock functions, including rotation management. Manage accurate & timely stock counts with full explanations on any variances & taking correction action where required.

  • Ensure your team maintain ERP (Prophet) system in a consistent, timely & accurate manner.

  • Daily monitoring and reviewing of various commercial trends & financial reports for analysis or corrective action to improve the commercials of the business.

  • Ensure high quality, profitable procurement for your department & your team.

  • Drive continuous improvement, both in terms of quality & value within the team and department.

  • Undertake store visits and attend meetings on a regular basis internally & externally. Attendance at fresh produce trade shows and events will be beneficial to the role.

  • Maintain up to date knowledge of market sector trends, competitor activity and product lines.

  • Maintain traceability of produce quality in line with Company standards.

  • Ensure all suppliers comply with site requirements in relation to product quality and delivery.

  • Compliance with all Company policies and procedures across the site.

  • Communicate effectively with Production, Quality, Logistics, Technical and all-other relevant departments.

  • Necessary administration duties associated with the role.

  • Ad-hoc duties as requested by your Manager / Commercial Director.

Desired Skills

  • Commercial industry knowledge

  • Ability to make effective & timely decisions

  • Profit oriented & cost conscious

  • Excellent Negotiator and Communicator: verbal and written

  • Strong organisational, problem-solving, and analytical skills

  • Proficiency in MS Office (Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint) and ERP experience is an advantage

Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a Business or equivalent degree suited to the role or significant commercial experience

  • Minimum of 3+ years’ buying experience, preferable in the FMCG sector

Personality

  • Personable, approachable & positive attitude, self-motivated, hard-working, confident, works well in a team, leadership traits, outgoing & professional with a sense of humour.

Schedule

  • 8 hour per day, optional finish at 4pm on Friday’s

  • Weekend availability

Benefits

  • Company pension

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Subsidised restaurant

  • On-site parking

  • Competitive rates in line with the industry

  • Promotional opportunities

  • KPI reward opportunities


We thank all applicants, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.


Please send all relevant CVs to grahammonaghan@meadefarm.ie