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Safeway, Inc.

Produce Procurement Manager

Safeway, Inc. - Upper Marlboro, MD


The Produce Procurement Manager is responsible for the efficient procurement of the Produce and Floral categories as assigned for the Distribution Center. Coordinate all buying activities to ensure achievement of all departmental, distribution center, and company sales and profit objectives. Ensure that the highest standards of professional integrity are maintained throughout the assigned department.


• Obtain best possible product quality at competitive pricing at all times.

• Develop and maintain professional working relationships with Division personnel and to facilitate beneficial communications related to products and promotional activity to procurement team and DC operations.

• Provides overall department goal setting and direction based on key performance indicators.

• Interface with other department heads and division personnel to accomplish job functions. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with growers, vendors, logistics companies, store operations, distribution center and division office personnel.

• Attends key meetings to maintain awareness of programs and issues providing relevant department information in support of fundamental and strategic programs.

• Ensure that established Company procedures are understood and adhered to by all buying staff.

• Participates in developing and managing Distribution P&L by conducting analysis and providing relevant procurement data.

• Monitors and manages departmental results to identify solutions and recommend corrective actions based projections.

• Review and analyze operating reports with buying staff and take appropriate action when necessary.

• Visits stores, as needed, to monitor programs, obtain store feedback and to assess overall implementation effectiveness as needed.

• Remote access (buying system) from home or off site location when necessary.

• Manage vendor adherence to product specifications through distribution center audits and tests.

• Monitor key commodity markets and provide forecast information to sales managers in support of future market dynamics.

• Work with Corporate Procurement team on strategic programs where applicable to implement overall best practices.


Education Level:

• Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent work experience.

• ISM Certified Purchasing Manager or American Purchasing Society-Certified Purchasing Professional preferred.

Experience Level:

• Minimum of 7 years of produce procurement experience in the retail industry, to include FOB purchasing and an understanding of fresh produce quality specifications.

• Preferred experience with a major grocery retailer chain in purchasing or strategic sourcing role with responsibility for working with major national vendors as well as local and regional growers.

• Retail produce experience required.

• 5 – 10 years of people management experience.

Skills and Experiences:

• Must understand PACA regulations, COOL requirements, food safety and traceability as it pertains to fresh produce.

• Strong organizational and analytical skills.

• Strong oral and written communication skills.

• Proficiency in PC systems required including I-trade.

• Strong understanding in commodity markets.

• Strong analytical and problem solving skills. Ability to make appropriate decisions.

• Strong planning, organizing and negotiating skills.

• Must have the ability to represent the Company’s interests in negotiations with outside professionals and suppliers.

• Ability to concentrate and deal with frequent interruptions.

• Working knowledge of procurement, logistics, inventory management, marketing, accounting and financial management practices.

• Demonstrated people leader: build strong relationships, hire great people, commit to the growth of individuals on team and lead by example.



• Ability to lift 30 pounds or more.

• Work typically performed in a temperature-controlled environment (perishable and frozen warehouses).

• Spends long periods of time at desk or computer terminal.

• Uses calculators, keyboards, telephone and other office equipment in the course of a normal workday.

• Workday is fast paced, some evening and weekend work may be required.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and skills required of personnel so classified.

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7 days 12 hours ago

Safeway, Inc.


Produce Procurement Manager Safeway, Inc. - Upper Marlboro, MD, United States


Location: Upper Marlboro, MD

Company Profile:
In 1915, M.B. Skaggs, an ambitious young man in the small Idaho town of American Falls, purchased a tiny grocery store from his father. M.B.'s business strategy, to give his customers value and to expand by keeping a narrow profit margin, proved spectacularly successful. By 1926 he was opening 428 Skaggs stores in 10 states. M.B. almost doubled the size of his business that year when he merged his company with 322 Safeway (formerly Selig) stores and incorporated as Safeway, Inc. Two years later M.B. listed Safeway on the New York Stock Exchange. M.B. did not let the difficulties of the Great Depression dilute his pioneering focus on value for customers. In the 1930s Safeway introduced produce pricing by the pound, adding “sell by” dates on perishables to assure freshness, nutritional labeling, even some of the first parking lots.