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Buyer I

Company name
United Natural Foods, Inc.

Aurora, CO

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Responsible for reviewing and coordinating complex, one-time, and simple multi-term purchase requests in accordance with company policies. Independently handles projects up to a designated dollar figure. This position serves as a liaison between vendors and internal departments related to procurement functions.



Reviews, approves, and processes purchasing requests such as purchase requisitions and purchase orders for goods or services to ensure compliance with the company’s purchasing procedures and user requirements.

Provides liaison services between vendors and departments for order status, procurement procedures, and problem resolution; researches sources of supply; advises on cost effective alternatives.

Reviews and evaluates contracts and purchase orders, negotiates change orders, and determines sole source validity.

Responsible for ensuring targeted fill rates/service levels are achieved for our customers.

Responsible for ensuring targeted metrics for Shrink, Book to Average and Aged inventories are achieved.

Responsible for cost accuracy on purchase orders and invoice discrepancies.

Responsible for ensuring targeted metrics for Shrink, Book to Average and Aged inventories are achieved.

Responsible for cost accuracy on purchase orders and invoice discrepancies.

Maintains data information, files, reports, price lists on assigned commodities; negotiates prices and terms.

Maintains records in accordance with established policies and procedures and audit guidelines.

Participates in company sponsored trade shows, attends purchasing meetings and seminars related to purchasing.

May expedite shipping and deliveries, maintain inventories, and monitor usage inconsistencies, price changes, and vendor back orders

May validate, reconcile, and process receiving reports, vendor invoices, and other payment documents.

Completes special projects as assigned.

May negotiate pricing and payment terms.

Required Skills



Bachelor’s Degree in related field preferred and/or equivalent related experience and training.


Knowledge of vendor sources, products and purchasing procedures.

Knowledge of electronic order systems such as Manhattan IO or E3

Knowledge of contract law helpful.

Knowledge of cost analysis techniques.


Three (3) or more years of experience that is directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.


Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.

Ability to evaluate procurement bids in accordance with established criteria.

Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart confidential information.

Ability to prepare bids, requests for quotes, and proposals in compliance with company policies.

Ability to document work in progress.

Ability to resolve customer complaints and concerns.

Ability to complete moderately complex administrative paperwork.

Negotiating skills.

Records maintenance skills.

Ability to analyze and solve problems.

Ability to investigate and analyze information and to draw conclusions.

Proficient in Microsoft Office with strong Excel & Word skills.

Job Location

Aurora, Colorado, United States

Position Type


Company info

United Natural Foods, Inc.
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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.

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