Inventory Buyer at Imperfect Foods
San Francisco, CA, US

About Imperfect

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:

Imperfect Foods is growing quickly, and our Grocery team is seeking an Inventory Buyer to manage and maintain optimal inventory levels for all grocery products (Branded and Private Label) in assigned categories across all Fulfillment Centers.  The ideal candidate will deliver the right products at the right time while ensuring profitability, and optimal turns supporting assortments. Imperfect strives to be the  “first and favorite” grocery shop for the majority of our customers.  The Inventory Buyer will work closely with operations to facilitate product flow into our fulfillment centers.


Meet in-stock level goals while maintaining warehouse turns

Create, monitor and manage purchase orders on a weekly basis

Manage and communicate out of stock positions

Manage weeks of supply on hand

Be a liaison between suppliers and our warehouses, promoting on-time deliveries

Monitor and report on supplier fill rates

Answer and escalate Customer Service requests as needed

Coordinate item setup and launch dates with Merchandisers

Manages freight and product invoice reconciliation

Skills and Qualifications:

2+ years of experience working in food procurement or fast-moving product line

Experience working with retailers and direct suppliers is preferred

Experience working in a fast-growing company or start-up environment

Ability to analyze sales trends, pricing, and margins

Proficient with Microsoft Excel/Google Sheets

Solid experience working with ERP, WMS, and Inventory systems

About You:

You have excellent time management skills

You have outstanding problem-solving abilities

You love negotiating with suppliers and operations to facilitate freight movement

You’re highly collaborativeYou rely on facts and analysis to inform decision-making

You’re passionate about improving the sustainability and social responsibility of our business

You’re passionate about our mission to eliminate food waste and create a better food system for all

Details of the Position:

Full-time exempt position, reporting to the Category Manager

Based out of our Bay Area Headquarters

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!

Occasional travel to new and existing locations may be necessary

Physical Requirements:

Sedentary work; involves sitting most of the time

Occasional movement around the office, or in our refrigerated warehouse may be necessary

Regular work with computers, including keyboards, mouses, and screens

Standing desks and / or other ergonomic accommodation is available upon request

Regular use of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets

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.