Employment type: Full-time
City: Langley
Last visit: 2014-10-28
Author's ads: 1

Posted: 2014-10-28


The Overwaitea Food Group is a dynamic member of the Jim Pattison Group of companies. Located in Langley, BC, we support over 140 unique stores in 6 banner formats (Save-On-Foods, Cooper’s Foods, Overwaitea Foods, PriceSmart Foods, Urban Fare and Bulkley Valley Wholesale) across both BC and Alberta. With over 15,000 team members and one of the longest serving team member bases in the retail industry, our team is committed to fulfilling our mission of “Always Customer First” and maintaining our core values of People, Service, Innovation, Fun and Integrity.

We have a permanent full time employment opportunity in our Purchasing Department for a Buyer. This position reports to the Manager, Purchasing.


The successful candidate will procure inventory for assigned suppliers with a focus on ensuring an uninterrupted supply of goods at optimum cost, achieving targeted services levels and supporting the effective implementation of merchandising plans/initiatives.

Key Responsibilities:

Replenishes and forecasts the movement of assigned items with the focus on optimizing the service levels, buying multiples, seasonality, turns, delivery and cost of goods.  In consultation with customer product manager establishes merchandising forecasts) as required.

Analyzes historical and current data pertaining to regular, promotional and seasonal item movement to establish realistic forecasts.

Plans the procurement of inventory with a focus on effectively utilizing allocated space within the warehouse and obtaining optimal cost from supplier.

Communicates established policies, procedures, and standards to key stakeholders (ie. Suppliers, customer product manager, warehouse, and traffic) and ensures that key issues/concerns with procurement and delivery of items are dealt with pro-actively.

Liaises with suppliers to address supply continuity issues and disputes.  Forwards unresolved concerns/issues to Customer Product Manager.

Maintains vendor information (ie. Calendars, brackets) and item data to ensure that information is processed accurately and expediently.

Partners with key stakeholders (eg. Merchandising, supply chain) to solicit expertise, explore opportunities, present recommendations and to ensure the effective implementation of approved merchandising strategies/initiatives.

Enforces Overwaitea Food Group Inbound Freight Policy with Suppliers/Carrier.



Knowledge of:

Automated purchasing systems (e.g. A-series)

Report Safe, Crystal

Microsoft Office Suite including Word and Excel

Retail, Purchasing and/or Merchandising experience is an asset.

Post secondary education in Business Administration or equivalent work experience.

Completion of PMAC Level 1 or equivalent work experience.

Strong organizational skills with a focus on accuracy and attention to detail.

Analytical thinking:  demonstrates an ability to use a methodical approach to break down complex problems, identify cause/effect patterns, analyze problems and develop solutions.

Relationship building:  creates and sustains positive relationships with others.

Business thinking:  demonstrates sound problem solving and decision making abilities.

Profit orientation:  delivers profitable results. 


Interested applicants can now apply online at

on or before November 10, 2014.

We sincerely thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, we will only contact those selected for an interview.

Career Level: Entry Level

Years of Relevant Experience: Any

Industry: Restaurant and Food Services

Job Function: Administrative and Clerical