Purchasing Buyer

Mike Hudson Distributing
May 24, 2021
Petaluma, California
Job Type


Purchasing Buyer

Mike Hudson Distributing is a wholesale distributor of food products serving delicatessens, pizza parlors and Grocery’s. We proudly market and distribute products from some of the most trusted names in the food service industry as well from local suppliers that are recognized for their uniqueness and quality. With over 5,000 products the position of purchasing buyer is an integral part of the success of our company.

The purchasing buyer is responsible for determining appropriate order levels & placing purchase orders with suppliers to ensure availability of product to meet sales demands, while maintaining optimal inventory turns, especially when considering various product code dates & shelf life. Further Job Functions include:

  • This position is responsible for setting & maintaining applicable parameters to optimize suggested purchase order systems.
  • Research potential delivery problems & vendor product shortages to develop alternative solutions to minimize shortages to customers.
  • Maintain, grow & strengthen relationships with suppliers as well as with company warehouse & sales teams.
  • Manage seasonal SKU activity and plan for inventory builds as appropriate.
  • Maintain product costing accuracy & work with accounting & suppliers to resolve invoice/pricing discrepancies.
  • Research & recommend the viability of potential new products that fit into our product portfolio.

Position Requirements

  • Food service experience preferred.
  • Ability with date sensitive/limited shelf-life products a plus.
  • Excellent data & computer skills.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Strong analytical skills & the ability to solve problems and answer questions with minimal supervision.
  • Highly organized with the ability to balance multiple projects.
  • Strong communication skills, written & oral. Ability to communicate with suppliers, sales staff, warehouse personnel & accounting.
  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum 2 years purchasing related work experience.


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