A Buyer is responsible for purchasing product and managing several million dollars of inventory from a group of manufacturers. Labatt Food Service buys only nationally branded products of high and consistent quality. The Buyer uses proprietary software to replenish inventory at 5 distribution centers in Texas and New Mexico. The Buyer’s objective is to maintain high inventory turn combined with a high fill rate for customers. Buyers interact continuously both with the food manufacturers and with Labatt sales representatives throughout two states.
In addition, a buyer at Labatt is responsible for:
- Pricing Negotiations with Suppliers
- Maintaining Vendor Relationships
- Communicating with Labatt Sales Reps and Top Management
The direct manager is Breann Field, VP of Purchasing and Marketing. You are also mentored through frequent interactions with senior buyers. The Buyers who do best at Labatt must have: the ability to think strategically, aptitude to effectively solve problems in a fast paced environment, discipline to work independently, an enjoyment for working and effectively communicating with others, and a commitment to the success of the overall organization. The most important personal characteristics of a buyer is cooperativeness and willingness to help.
A Bachelor’s degree is required. Successful buyers have majored in English, History, Agriculture, Finance, Marketing and Supply Chain.
Labatt managers who began their careers as buyers have become District Sales Managers, Director of Purchasing and CEO.