Jr. Produce Buyer at Imperfect Foods
San Francisco, CA, US
Imperfect Foods was founded in 2015 with a mission to reduce food waste and build a better food system for everyone. We offer imperfect (yet delicious) produce, affordable pantry items, and quality meat and dairy. We deliver them conveniently to our customers’ doorsteps and pride ourselves on offering up to a 30% discount compared to grocery store prices. Our customers can get the healthy, seasonal produce they want alongside the grocery staples they rely on, without having to compromise their budget or values. We’re proving that doing the right thing for the planet doesn’t have to cost more, and that shopping for quality ingredients can support the people and resources that it takes to grow our favorite foods.
We're headquartered in San Francisco with operations all over the country. Check our website to see if there is an Imperfect near you!
We're looking for folks who are positive, motivated, and ready to change the world. If that sounds like you, drop us a line!
How we are protecting employees from COVID-19
At Imperfect Foods, employee health and safety is our top priority. We have implemented processes and precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our facilities. We provide gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer to all essential employees who must report to work. Before entering our warehouse, employees have their temperatures checked. In addition, we take great care to ensure frequently touched surfaces are sanitized throughout the day and all warehouses are fully sanitized weekly.
We have also implemented an Emergency Sick Leave policy providing full-time and part-time employees 2 additional weeks of paid time off and up to 26 weeks paid leave if they have a confirmed case of COVID-19.
About the Role
The Junior Produce Buyer is a dedicated, enthusiastic, and highly motivated individual. This position is a key role in supporting the buyers on the purchasing team through highly accurate data entry, executing priority projects, and placing local wholesale orders. This position is under the supervision of the Purchasing Manager.


    • Support the buyers on heavy ordering days with accurate data entry, both in reviewing quotes in the portal and editing Purchase Orders. 
    • Place local purchases with wholesale vendors as well as providing coverage for buyers that are on PTO on an as needed basis. 
    • Track PO status daily by comparing passings and BOLs at cross docks to monitor arrival status.
    • Compare paperwork against our Purchase Order to determine any discrepancies.
    • Alert buyers of any and all discrepancies or no shows. 
    • Monitor Slack to notify buyers of late orders.
    • Coordinate with receivers to verify final arrival.
    • Close shorted POs in NetSuite and alert buyers of discrepancies upon receipt.
    • Coordinate with finance weekly on Purchase Order discrepancies, helping the Purchasing Manager to edit approved receipt errors in NetSuite.
    • Compile, input, and analyze NetSuite data for purchasing and logistics including cost analysis across categories.
    • Create new NetSuite Saved Searches on an as needed basis. 
    • Maintain relationships with priority vendors by staying in regular communication, placing orders with high accuracy, and ensuring product quality.
    • Troubleshoot general supplier issues and resolve credit requests to suppliers in a timely manner.
    • Learn and develop negotiation tactics with exposure to placing orders and working with suppliers. 
    • Facilitate onboarding of new vendors to verify smooth integration into our systems and processes.
    • Monitor Repositrak compliance and work with vendors to ensure timely compliance in our system.
    • Fill out credit applications, enter new vendors in NetSuite, and alert the team of any change in vendor status.
    • Work with Merchandising and Brand to implement promo/ad internal programs, ensuring success from beginning to end.

Skills and Qualifications

    • 1+ years experience in the produce industry
    • Basic knowledge in the fresh produce industry including seasonality and types of produce
    • Basic knowledge in purchase orders
    • Proficient with Excel, Word, Google Sheets/Docs and ERP systems
    • Experience in quickly solving issues and working in a fast paced environment
    • Excellent interpersonal skills
    • Bachelor’s degree in business, agriculture or a related field

About You

    • Highly energetic, friendly attitude, and a willingness to help teammates in a collaborative environment
    • Highly organized, analytical, and has a strong attention to detail
    • You are a whiz with spreadsheets! You can manipulate and clean up any size data set
    • Ability to prioritize, multitask and manage multiple projects with broad workload to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
    • Loves the opportunity to meet challenges and take preventative action for solutions
    • Excels at unsupervised, independent work
    • Have an interest in moving up to the next level in the supply department at Imperfect. This is a great opportunity for someone to learn about purchasing produce from the ground level! 
    • You’re passionate about our mission to eliminate food waste and create a better food system for all

Details of Position

    • Full-time exempt position reporting to the Purchasing Manager
    • Based out of our San Francisco or Los Angeles location
    • Salary and employee stock options commensurate with experience
    • Competitive benefits package including health care, paid vacation, 401K, paid parental leave, and recurring credit towards your Imperfect account!
    • Evenings, weekends and holiday work required on an “as needed” basis.
Individuals seeking employment at Imperfect Foods are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
U.S. E-Verify Notice: Imperfect Foods participates in E-Verify in the United States. Imperfect will provide the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.