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Wesco Produce Specialist

Company Name: Kroger General Office
Position Type: Employee
FLSA Status: Exempt



Position Summary:

Serve as the Kroger Company’s eyes, ears and strategic liaison to the produce growing community and key suppliers. Demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety. 

Essential Job Functions:

  • Interact with suppliers to review current shipment(s) of product to ensure the highest possible quality; modify PO’s as needed
  • Identify and capture opportunity buys of produce to enhance enterprise selling; coordinate with Category Management/Commodity Buyers/Commodity Replenishment Buying teams for proper placement
  • Facilitate the procurement of local produce for divisions within specific regions; collaborate with the category manager and commodity buyer to identify the impacts of crops, seasonal opportunities and product that will assist in store execution of merchandising plans and enhance sales
  • Investigate innovative solutions for supply chain efficiencies while helping to enhance the overall freshness of the produce
  • Research potential and prospective suppliers for review of new business opportunities
  • Visit competition, in and out of market
  • Visit divisions to review current quality and discover new opportunities
  • Collaborate with the category manager and commodity buyer to establish long term business commitments e., supplier volume, promotional and advertising positioning and product pricing
  • Represent Kroger by attending industry events, conventions, field days, expositions, university functions, and state or locally sponsored learning opportunities
  • Report on the field inspections of product; provide detailed quality analysis, including photos, samples, etc., for review and to create shared learning opportunities
  • Partner with the category manger in continuously improving and refining our produce specifications; serve as a liaison to suppliers to communicate long and short-term modifications to those specifications
  • Coordinate and document all quality training materials; organize and schedule ongoing training with distribution center quality assurance teams – both on-site and in coordinated sessions
  • Represent Kroger in a highly visible and positive manner to suppliers, industry associations and regulatory agencies
  • Support commodity buying teams with any required procurement duties (e.g. iTrade)
  • Travel 50% to buying regions
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodations

Minimum Position Qualifications/Education: 

  • 3 years of produce experience gained from roles in produce retail, produce wholesale
  • Demonstrated experience working with cross-functional teams
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with customers and suppliers
  • Self-starter and the ability to work with minimal supervision and convey a sense of urgency in own work
  • Strong negotiation skills

Desired Previous Job Experience/Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business


Education Level: None
Required Travel: Up to 100%
Required Certifications/Licenses: None
Position Type: Full-Time
 Regions: West


Jobs at Kroger: At Kroger, we hire people who have a passion for helping others and who want to build a relationship with our Customers. No matter what stage of your career, you can build your future at Kroger. We look for people who want more, aspire to be more and work hard to achieve their goals. Our focus on keeping the Customer first is what makes us successful. As the largest traditional grocery chain in the U.S. and one of the world's largest retailers, we employee more nearly half a million Associates across 35 states. We offer many opportunities not only in our stores, but in Manufacturing, Logistics, Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, and many other fields.


Company Overview
Kroger Family of Companies employs nearly half a million associates who serve customers in 2,782 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states. Our Family of Companies also operates 2,268 pharmacies, 274 fine jewelry stores, 1,489 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States.  Kroger is dedicated to our Purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™ by serving America through food inspiration and uplift and creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025.  Careers with The Kroger Co. and our family of companies offer competitive wages, flexible schedules, benefits and room for advancement.

 Posting Notes:  OH || Cincinnati || 1014 Vine Street || 45202 || Kroger General Office || [[mfield2]] || Produce/Floral || Employee || Exempt || Full-Time || None 

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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