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BUYER – Grocery Facility

The main mission of a Buyer is to accomplish a balance of retaining our high service levels while keeping just the right amount of inventory on hand. Buyers understand replenishment purchasing, and the principles of inventory control, and have an aptitude to learn our systems and procedures. A major portion of time will be spent working independently with Excel files and our ERP computer system, reviewing and maintaining inventory management data to support buying decisions and sales.



  • Maintain optimal inventory levels; avoiding or minimizing excess stock and factoring in sales and shelf-life
  • Create purchase orders in the ERP system
  • Achieve high fill rates while maintaining appropriate levels of inventory using the resources, tools, and reports available
  • Minimize shortages and maintain accurate notes and details when shortages occur
  • Determine and coordinate inventory to be promoted and/or sold at a discount
  • Determine and coordinate inventory to be donated or discarded/destroyed


  • Maintain accurate costing (using Buyers Costing Sheet comprised of item details, vendor pricing, discounts, Landed Costs, and exchange rates)
  • Ensure Freight costing is accurate and appropriately set; monitor and adjust as required
  • Process price changes as applicable (following monthly price change SOP)

Data Entry and Analysis:

  • Meet deadlines for various Purchasing input requirements
  • Forecast demand and determine best ordering strategies
  • Maintain updated portfolio management notes on how to manage each vendor/brand within portfolio including any Buyer-specific responsibilities

Promotional Activities and Communication:

  • Support promotional activities such as: key accounts monthly planners (review to ensure extra stock is purchased in time to be on-hand for expected increased demand), sell sheets (suggest items suitable for sell sheet promotion in collaboration with vendors/brokers/marketing and determine appropriate date periods for buy-in and ship-out), monthly specials and show specials (ensure files contain complete and accurate promotion details)
  • Ensure prompt, clear and positive communication to both internal and external customers, especially if there are problems

Other Duties:

  • Maintain positive supplier and broker relations, meet with suppliers and brokers as needed to review and discuss supply chain issues, performance, and opportunities/suggestions for improvement
  • Day-to-day problem solving, ensuring timely resolution of supply issues and shipment discrepancies (working closely with receiving for things related to quantity discrepancies, damage, and product temperature issues)
  • Contact suppliers and/or brokers to obtain required shipping documentation to ensure there are no transit/delivery delays (i.e., NAFTA, CCI, Import Declaration, Commercial Invoice, packing slip, etc.)
  • Resolve invoice discrepancies with suppliers/brokers/carriers in conjunction with Horizon accounting
  • Work with internal warehouse and accounting teams to resolve any on-hand/ERP stock inconsistencies



  • Minimum 1-2 years purchasing experience, preferably in the grocery industry
  • Familiarity with ‘replenishment’ purchasing duties, including an understanding of inventory control and purchasing principles
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • An aptitude for numbers and details, with analytical and problem-solving capabilities required
  • Proven ability with computers (ERP system, Outlook, intermediate to advanced Excel)
  • Ability to work under pressure and with time constraints/deadlines
  • Experience coordinating freight is preferred
  • Experience and/or a strong interest in organic and natural products
  • Education – Supply Chain Management diploma (or equivalent courses or education) is an asset



This is a full-time position (Mon-Fri) based out of our Burnaby office. There is an opportunity for a hybrid schedule following the onboarding and probationary period.



Focus on Wellness

  • Extended Medical + Dental (company-paid premiums)
  • Disability, Life and AD&D insurances
  • EFAP immediately upon hire
  • Generous paid time off (3 weeks’ vacation and personal day)
  • Paid sick time, including dependent sick time for those with children (up to 13 days per year)
  • Fitness Subsidy
  • Discounted grocery and wellness products and lunch program
  • On-site gym
  • Dog friendly office
  • Scent-free environment

Focus on our Community

  • Partnerships with Quest Food Exchange and The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre
  • Paid volunteer hours

Focus on the Environment

  • Transit Subsidy – up to 100%
  • Cycling Subsidy
  • Indoor bike lock up area
  • Recycling + Composting Program
  • Partnerships with Urban Impact and Alvéole, an urban beekeeping company



Please send a resume with cover letter to: (on the subject line please note “Buyer – Sep 22”).


Horizon is an equal opportunity employer valuing diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ancestry, colour, place of origin, gender, gender identity, age, religion, disability, family status, sexual orientation, or any other status or characteristic protected by law. If you require assistance or a reasonable accommodation in any aspect of the application process, please contact the People + Culture department.

Note: We thank everyone for their interest but only those advancing to the next stage of the recruitment process will be contacted. Only Lower Mainland candidates considered.

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Date Posted: August 25, 2022