Live chat
United Natural Foods, Inc.

Purchasing Assistant - Santa Cruz, CA

United Natural Foods, Inc. - Soquel, CA


Provides administrative support to the Buyers. Assists with the organization and execution of company projects and functions. Handles details of a confidential nature. Keeps Buyers well informed of activities and provides assistance to Purchasing staff.



Responsible for the effective and accurate performance of assigned clerical and purchasing functions.

Executes against reports such as the daily lost sales reports and open purchase order reports and compiles information to share with the buyers, operations and vendors as necessary.

Actively resolve issues or concerns that pertain to work related and assigned tasks. Facilitates a “problem-solver” approach—identifies the problem, offers solutions and executes/delivers results.

Stays educated on development, changes and trends related to industry.

Follows up with suppliers regarding status checks on purchase orders.

Creates and adjusts purchase orders as needed.

Prepares a variety of documents, reports and records including Returns to Vendors and Package Changes.

Assists and supports department personnel as needed. Resolves requests, questions and problems promptly.

Obtains and conveys information such as inventory checks as needed.

Completes miscellaneous purchasing duties and clerical duties as assigned.

Responsible for establishing and maintaining effective, professional business relations with suppliers. Obtains and conveys information courteously and promptly. Maintains and projects the Company’s professional reputation. Promotes goodwill and conveys a positive image of the company.

Interacts with internal customers—provides data and communicates regularly between the IPAR team and Operations, Inbound Logistics, Pricing, Accounts Payable, Marketing, SRM and RCM.

Keeps management informed of area activities and of any significant problems or concerns.

Attends and participates in meetings as required.

Completes special projects as assigned.

Required Skills



High school graduate or equivalent related experience

Associate degree desirable


1-2 years of professional business experience in purchasing, category management, sales or related fields

System Implementation preferred


Proficient in all Microsoft Office applications

Knowledge of purchasing and inventory policies and procedures

Understanding of document formats, spreadsheets and business communication


Ability to work will independently, prioritize and complete tasks in a high pressure environment

Ability to be discreet and handle highly confidential information

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills

Solid analytical, creative and problem solving ability

Well organized and attentive to detail

Job Location

Soquel, California, United States

Position Type


72 days 20 hours ago

United Natural Foods, Inc.


Purchasing Assistant - Santa Cruz, CA United Natural Foods, Inc. - Soquel, CA, United States


Location: Soquel, CA

Company Profile:
America's Premier Certified Organic Distributor® UNFI is the leading independent national distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods and related products including nutritional supplements, personal care items and organic produce, in the United States. In addition to excellent distribution services, we provide a range of innovative, value-added services for our customers and suppliers, to foster mutual success and growth. Our services include marketing and promotional tools, merchandising, category management and store support services. At the core of UNFI's distribution operation are five main units: UNFI Eastern Region, UNFI Western Region, UNFI Canada, Albert's Organics and Select Nutrition. In addition, our non-distribution divisions include Blue Marble Brands, Earth Origins Market and Woodstock Farms Manufacturing.