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C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. Produce Buyer in Houston, Texas

About Our Company

Grocers Supply , based in Houston, is the largest wholesale grocery supplier in Texas, supplying over 900 independent grocery stores. Grocers Supply serves customers of all sizes, from single store independent retailers to chains, such as: Fiesta, FoodTown, Market Basket, Cox Foodarama / La Fiesta, Sellers Brothers, Minyard Food Stores, G. E. Foodland, and El Rio Grande.

Working Safely is a Condition for Employment with GSC Wholesale, LLC. GSC Wholesale, LLC 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

Responsible for developing and managing the procurement and merchandising programs for categories of produce to achieve budgeted sales, gross profit, inventory turns and service levels. Works directly with other buyers, category managers, and pricing in order to maximize support for assigned produce categories.

Job Description


  • Develop pricing criteria that will keep us competitively priced while meeting our profit goals.

  • Create initiatives that meet our scan gross and budgets.

  • Develop negotiating environment that creates a collaborative and cooperative situation where sales and profit are achievable in all major contracts.

  • Develop warehouse inventory budget and service level budget by category to meet or exceed corporate goals as it relates to inventory and service level.

  • Maintain strong supplier relationships

  • Evaluates and selects vendors

  • Maintains up to date vendor list information.

  • Develop logistic initiatives with all suppliers - quantify savings per initiative.

  • Maintain store inventory levels on assigned categories.

  • Negotiate short-term and annual programs that meet our sales and profit goals.

  • Develop plan-o-grams that are to be used to implement business plans at store level.

  • Provide weekly recaps of variances to sales and profit and ways to improve.

  • Work with Private Label staff to ensure all Private Label sales, profit and penetration goals are met.

  • Monitor inventory levels for GSP and for purchasing items to replenish those inventory levels at warehouse.

  • Work with vendors and suppliers on a daily basis.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned by management and adhere to all company policies and procedures.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Performance Measurements:

Yearly performance appraisals will include, but are not limited to the review of the following areas. Other areas may be included / added as business needs warrant.

  • Over all service

  • Product loss control ( over all warehouse shrink)

  • Product turns in the warehouse

  • Hit all financial goals, Sales and Margin%

  • Improve penetration by customer by using in house programs.

  • Increase case movement by X %


  • High School Diploma or Equivalent

  • Minimum 5-7 years of recent, large volume, produce buying experience

  • Working knowledge of a variety of produce commodities including seasonal and specialty items

  • Must have strong product development skills and strong financial skills.

  • Direct experience working with shippers/growers

  • Should possess good supplier relations skills

  • Provide strong negotiating skills with vendors.

  • Moderate to large dollar volume produce buying experience.

  • Proven ability to interface effectively across the full supply chain as it relates to produce

  • Familiarity with warehousing and logistics as it relates to produce

  • Satisfactory performance reviews (if internal candidate). Strong professional references (if external candidate).

  • Ability to work independently

  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task.

  • Strong mathematical, analytical and planning skills.

  • Self-Motivated


  • Some College Preferred

  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred.


  • Office : Office Temperature (65F to 75F)


  • Specialized Knowledge :

  • Special Skills : Sound statistical acumen, interpretation and analytical ability. Professional verbal and written communication skills. Basic proficiency with Microsoft Office applications. Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize.

  • Physical abilities: :

  • Other: :

Years Of Experience

  • 2-5 : Relevant experience.


Bachelor's Degree - General Studies


1st Shift (United States of America)


GSC Wholesale LLC