Center Store Buyer

Website Associate Grocers of New England

Responsible for purchasing and managing inventory of assigned non-perishable categories in an efficient and timely fashion.  Lead organizational resource for meeting or exceeding customer Service Level (SL) targets, while managing warehouse inventory. Key procurement resource for customer-related service and OOS communications (with Sales, Advertising, Retail Services).


Purchase and monitor inventories via the buying system to ensure optimum levels within assigned products and categories. Suggest items for discontinuation and/or seek additional sourcing alternatives when necessary.
On a daily basis, analyze purchasing and sales data, inventories, and vendor/supplier issues to place orders that meet customer Service Level requirements, minimize Cost Of Goods Sold (COGS) and warehouse shrink. These all contribute to providing the best pricing to customers and members.
Maintain and monitor demand planning considerations and parameters by inputting and making adjustments to the system including but not limited to: price changes, inventory turns, vendor min/max , lead times, projected demand and back orders, purchase orders, etc.
Proactively predict customer needs and requirements, and modify the ordering system’s historically-based recommended order quantities to anticipate demand changes.
Researches sources of supply, and advises Category Merchandisers on cost effective, COGS minimizing alternatives.
Secure and analyzes quotations, negotiates prices and terms with suppliers with respect to cost, quality and delivery competitiveness. Develops new sources of supply.
During peak periods, determines and clearly communicates priorities to the warehouse and transportation.  Expedites shipping and deliveries as needed.
Lead communication and liaison resource between vendors, brokers, other departments and customers for order status, purchasing procedures, and problem resolution.
Involvement in bi-annual food shows to include, but not limited to, managing purchase orders and inventory holdouts
Ensures compliance with AGNE’s purchasing procedures, procurement code, and user requirements.
Maintains records (information, files, reports, price lists) in accordance with established policies, procedures and audit guidelines for assigned products.
Performs other duties as assigned or required.


Associate’s degree plus 2-4 years of purchasing and/or retail experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
Knowledge of product seasonality
Strong attention to detail
Strong organization, prioritization and problem solving skills
Strong math skills to include the ability to calculate figures/amounts such as discounts, percentages and averages
Basic computer skills; proficient in Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word and PowerPoint
Professional verbal and written communication skills

NON ESSENTIAL SKILLS & EXPERIENCE: Experience with E3, Retalix, and IB.


Work is normally performed in a typical office work environment
No or very limited physical effort required
No or very limited exposure to physical risk

As a retailer-owned wholesale cooperative, Associated Grocers of New England (AGNE) is dedicated to the success of its members and committed to serving the needs of independent grocers. We achieve our mission through: integrity, a supportive employee environment, concern for the communities we serve, efficient and innovative operations, and a commitment to excellence.  AGNE is recognized in New Hampshire as the employer of choice.  We attract great people, with great passion working for a great purpose.  Employees who build a career at AGNE enjoy:

Medical/dental/vision insurance
Health savings account with employer contribution
401K match
Profit sharing program
Flexible spending account
Life and AD&D insurance
Tuition reimbursement
Employee purchase program
Employee assistance program
Paid time off
Vacation time off
Paid holidays/personal/sick days
Computer purchase program
Volunteerism policy
Well-being program with incentives
Verizon cell phone discount
Committee Participation
And more!
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