C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. National Buyer, Fresh Meats in Hatfield, Massachusetts

Company Overview

C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. , based in Keene, NH, is the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the U.S. and the industry leader in supply chain innovation. Founded in 1918 as a supplier to independent grocery stores, C&S now services customers of all sizes, supplying more than 6,000 independent supermarkets, chain stores, military bases, and institutions with over 150,000 different products. At C&S, We Select the Best® – those with the motivation, pride, and drive to succeed in our fast-paced world.

Working Safely is a Condition of Employment at C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. C&S Wholesale Grocers is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and considers qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

Position Overview

As the National Buyer, Fresh Meat , you will work with the vendor community to secure the best quality and price on commodities which you are assigned, while increasing turns at the distribution centers and sales to the customers.


  • Negotiate with the vendor community for the best product at the best price on a daily basis through phone calls and email. This is also intended to build relationships.

  • Supply retailers with strong marketing and promotional items to include lid pricing on out front items

  • Process requisitions from turn buyers in a timely manner through the buying system.

  • Negotiate and submit to management all contract buys for major commodities

  • Provide direction to independent sales team and Fresh meat Turn Buyers on market conditions and with out front buy-in opportunities

  • Maintain on-going communications with the distribution turn buyers and distribution center directors to ensure all retail goals are met

  • Monitor and provide management with period end reports of category management implementations against agreed upon benchmarks for service levels and profits.

  • Stay abreast of industry trends and market conditions. Build on knowledge of the Meat industry relating to all commodities.

  • Work with Director of Fresh Meat Procurement to conduct annual performance reviews with major vendors

  • Provide tutelage to turn buyers regarding availability of product and market activity.

  • Increase sales and profits by watching the rise and fall of markets and adjusting customers pricing accordingly.

  • Negotiate contracts with incentive based programs with the vendor community.

  • Provide market analyses to customers and turn buyers through daily and weekly updates by email.

  • Provide a cost per commodity to all our customers.

  • Review daily and weekly gross bill out per assigned commodity.

  • Provide AD Lids and suggest AD opportunities to customer category managers.

  • Travel to growing regions to evaluate product.

  • Work with Turn Buyers regarding rejections and inventory issues.

  • Communicate with customers regarding pricing and supply issues.


  • College Degree or Equivalent years in experience

  • 5-7 years Fresh Meat Buying experience,Wholesale Department Manager or Retail Fresh Meat experience is preferred.

  • Detailed Fresh Meat Product knowledge:Product knowledge and yield tests, Knowledge of packers, Live market, cutout values, seasonal market trends, transportation background

  • Knowledge of USDA regulations and market reporting

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Applications

  • Strong communication and negotiation skills.

Requisition ID 5941

Job Locations US - MA - Hatfield

Company C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc.

Category Procurement

Posted Date 2/10/2017