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Agriculture Buyer

Corporate | Mattoon, IL Distribution Cntr | Full Time

Job Description

Job Description

Job Title:               Agricultural Buyer

Reports To:           Vice President of Purchasing

Job Location:        Corporate Office in Mattoon, IL

FLSA Status:         Exempt




Drive the selection and development of new agricultural products and oversee the analysis of current trends and market factors to forecast the success of new merchandise items and departments


·        Analyze trends by identifying key factors affecting the performance of assigned category

·        Deliver merchandise to the sales floor in a timely manner

·        Locate merchandise strategically in coordination with the management team

·        Analyze inventory level and react to change in demand

·        Negotiate product costs and contract terms with suppliers to achieve sales and margin goals

·        Establish and maintain strategic relationships with all internal and external stakeholders

·        Work Collaboratively with cross-functional teams to ensure projects are completed successfully

·        Create analytic reporting to review forecasts, performance indicators and monitor stock levels

·        Develop advertising plans and promotions with suppliers to drive sales and margin

·        Partner with advertising to maximize impact of promotions and ensure maximum co-op dollars are generated

·        Ensure quality control of merchandise as product enters the store

·        Execute company action plans to increase sales and profits and reduce shrink

·        Execute  strategies and plans to effectively deliver merchandise to the sales floor, action planning, effective communication and consistent accountability

·        Commitment to company established receiving practices



·        5-10 years experience with Chemicals/Agronomy

·        4+ years experience in Agriculture merchandising as a Buyer in a specialty national or large regional multi-unit chain store

·        Experience should include some of the following expertise and skill sets:

o   Merchandise Management

o   Inventory management

o   Product lifecycle and seasonal trends

o   New line product development

o   Vendor negotiations

o   Excel in a fast paced, evolving work environment

o   Strong computer skills

o   Effective communication skills

o   Effective problem-solving skills

o   Critical thinking skills to solve problems



·        None.



·        Standing for long periods of time

·        Repetitive lifting, pushing, & pulling

·        Repetitive wrist movements on keyboard

·        Repetitive hand movements on telexon

·        Close vision for PC work


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.