Protein Buyer
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We are look­ing for a Meat Buy­er to be respon­si­ble for main­tain­ing opti­mal inven­to­ry lev­els. This per­son will own the devel­op­ment and main­te­nance of detailed report­ing of pur­chas­ing and sup­pli­er infor­ma­tion to proac­tive­ly improve the effi­cien­cy of the pur­chas­ing team.



  • Are pas­sion­ate about the local food world. You love know­ing where your food comes from and what it’s all about. And you love shar­ing all that food­ie knowl­edge with friends, fam­i­ly, cus­tomers, and any­one that will lis­ten!
  • You have expe­ri­ence with buy­ing, pric­ing sys­tems, and oth­er applic­a­ble pro­grams for pur­chas­ing.
  • You have knowl­edge of the meat pro­cess­ing land­scape in the Mid­west.


  •  Pro­cure­ment duties:
    • Pur­chase prod­uct that meets cus­tomer needs and Local Foods stan­dards
    • Nego­ti­ate cost, price, and terms on all prod­ucts
    • Achieve tar­gets in shrink, mar­gin and cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion
    • Build and main­tain long-term rela­tion­ships with new and exist­ing ven­dors
    • Assess and rec­om­mend new sources of prod­ucts
    • Man­age rela­tion­ships to deliv­er agreed prod­uct inven­to­ry and qual­i­ty lev­els
    • Abil­i­ty to com­bine mar­ket and ven­dor con­di­tions with sales to make good long/short buy­ing deci­sions
    • Man­age whole ani­mal pur­chas­ing and cut­ting instruc­tions with small meat proces­sors
    • Work with man­age­ment to con­duct annu­al ven­dor reviews, pro­mo­tions and push lists
  • Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and orga­ni­za­tion­al duties:
    • Man­age prod­uct cat­a­log and com­mu­ni­cate new or updat­ed items to the sales team
    • Assist with set­ting prop­er pric­ing for all prod­ucts and the cre­ation of new prod­ucts and prod­uct cat­e­gories
    • Under­stand pric­ing rela­tion­ships between all cuts of meat and vari­a­tions
    • Mon­i­tor spoilage, man­age quan­ti­ty and qual­i­ty to min­i­mize loss­es
    • Assist as need­ed with qual­i­ty con­trol and oper­a­tional needs
    • Man­age billing and resolve / com­mu­ni­cate dis­crep­an­cies
    • Stay abreast of meat indus­try trends and mar­ket con­di­tions


  • Bach­e­lor Degree or oth­er post HS degree
  • Work­ing knowl­edge of buy­ing, pric­ing sys­tems and oth­er applic­a­ble pro­grams for pur­chas­ing
  • Ana­lyt­i­cal abil­i­ty and pro­fi­cien­cy in mar­gin cal­cu­la­tions and inven­to­ry man­age­ment
  • Pro­fi­cien­cy with Google Suite and MS Excel; expe­ri­ence with dis­tri­b­u­tion or ERP soft­ware a plus
  • Knowl­edge of Meat Pro­cess­ing land­scape in the Mid­west a plus
  • Under­stand­ing of invoic­ing and basic account­ing
  • Sound sta­tis­ti­cal acu­men, inter­pre­ta­tion and ana­lyt­i­cal abil­i­ty
  • Strong orga­ni­za­tion­al skills and abil­i­ty to pri­or­i­tize

Equal Employ­ment Oppor­tu­ni­ty (EEO): It is the pol­i­cy of Local Foods that all employ­ees and appli­cants be afford­ed equal oppor­tu­ni­ties in employ­ment with­out regard to race, col­or, sex, nation­al ori­gin, reli­gion, dis­abil­i­ty, or retal­i­a­tion for engag­ing in an EEO pro­tect­ed activ­i­ty. The Com­pa­ny pro­hibits dis­crim­i­na­tion or harass­ment based on any of these cat­e­gories, as well as on age, genet­ic infor­ma­tion, sex­u­al ori­en­ta­tion, mar­i­tal sta­tus, sta­tus as a par­ent, mil­i­tary ser­vice, or any oth­er bases pro­tect­ed under applic­a­ble local, state, or fed­er­al law.

This posi­tion is open imme­di­ate­ly.  To apply, please sub­mit a resume and cov­er let­ter to