Employer Summary SFT Inc. is a specialist in sourcing organic and specialty groceries from both local and international suppliers. The company’s mission is to deliver an exceptional range of food at great value. SFT performs the head office grocery purchasing function of the Langley Farm Market (LFM) retail chain. LFM has five Metro Vancouver locations offering fresh produce, meat, specialty groceries, baked goods and delicatessen cold cuts. It is voted the Consumer Choice Award winner for best grocery store in Vancouver. Job Summary Reporting to the General Manager, the Grocery Buyer ensures the accurate and timely processing of purchasing, inventory management and marketing activities for grocery products. To help achieve SFT’s top/bottom line growth ambitions, you will purchase products to create an ideal grocery range, maintain optimal inventory levels, negotiate the best prices/terms, and market the product range effectively. The Grocery Buyer works in the Purchasing department and coordinates with other business areas such as accounting, store management and operations. The ideal candidate possesses strategic thinking and planning skills, an entrepreneurial mind-set and a passion for organic and specialty food. You will leverage your analytical and organizational skills to drive performance. Key Responsibilities Purchasing Build a comprehensive grocery product range through collaborating with both suppliers and store management as well as understanding customer needs by analyzing industry, competitor and in-store trends. Negotiate pricing, delivery and payment terms with key suppliers. Generate and analyze reports relating to grocery purchasing and inventory. Inventory Management Optimize inventory health through monitoring turnover, warehouse capacity and inventory surplus. Minimize out of stock inventory through timely ordering, accurate forecasting and closely following up on order/delivery processes. Update catalogue with new supplier data, costs and item/sku creation. Maximize supply chain efficiencies by reviewing supplier operational performance, driving supplier compliance and resolving issues/disputes. Marketing Review and revise packaging for imported products to ensure accuracy, appeal and compliance with Canadian regulations. Plan and implement both a weekly and seasonal promotional strategy. Qualifications One year of relevant work experience, ideally in a purchasing or inventory management role in a retail or wholesale environment. (Experience is an asset. Training will be provided.) Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Excel and Outlook in particular) with the ability to quickly learn new systems. Possession of a valid B.C. Driver’s License. Self-starter with a track record of delivering results in a fast-paced environment with complex tasks and ambiguous data. Experience with L-BOSS and/or Sage 50 is an asset. Knowledge of Cantonese/Mandarin is an asset. This job posting is intended to describe the general requirements for the performance of this job. It is not a complete statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements. Other duties not listed here may be assigned.