The Cortes Natural Food Co-op is looking for a Produce Buyer. This is a year-round position and applicants must commit to working through the summer. Hours vary with the seasons (22-30 hours per week). Duties include ordering, receiving, pricing, training, accounting, stock management, and working with local vendors. Retail experience required; ordering experience preferred. Benefits include competitive pay and a 10% discount on store & cafe purchases. Please bring your resume and/or list of qualifications to the store or send it to eric[at]cortescoop[dot]ca before Wednesday, November 15th.

Position Summary:

The Cortes Natural Food Co-op’s Produce Buyer is responsible for selecting, ordering, and merchandising products to meet sales and margin objectives and for providing excellent customer service to customers, co-workers, and vendors.


• Provides excellent and professional customer service both externally and internally
• Accepts responsibility for monitoring and controlling all costs and expenses within the Produce Department including maintaining proper ordering and inventory control, avoiding out-of-stock or over-stock situations, and limiting shrink
• Accepts responsibility for pricing and margin management
• Makes product selection decisions, including adding new items and discontinuing items; performs orders according to schedule
• Receives and inspects incoming orders, including verifying the accuracy of shipment to the invoice, checking charges/credits/discounts on invoice, assessing any shortages and claims to ensure proper billing, ensuring quality of the products, and processing all pre-orders
• Maintains Produce storage areas, ensuring rotation and organization
• Maintains the orderly and clean appearance of the Produce Department, including merchandising, signs, and tags
• Accepts responsibility for the organization and accuracy of all departmental paperwork and computer files
• Assists in training and coaching store clerks in departmental procedures
• Acts as the buyer for local Produce vendors; maintains positive relations with local vendors and buys based on quality, demand, and price while following Co-op policies
• Knows and follows all policies and procedures specific to the Produce Department
• Assists in inventory counts as necessary
• Knows and promotes Co-op principles and mission; ability to explain membership clearly and efficiently; and ability to follow Co-op work policies and procedures
• Keeps supervisor informed of any ideas and/or issues
• Participates in staff meetings as scheduled
• Performs other duties as assigned


• Proven ability to provide excellent, professional customer service
• Available to work a variety of shifts including evenings and weekends
• Basic knowledge of retail concepts and grocery business
• Ability to lead by example and follow Co-op Produce policies and procedures
• Knowledge of natural and organic foods preferred
• Basic computer skills with standard office programs
• Ability to learn Point-of-Sale software
• Willingness to be open, to learn, and to take on new responsibilities
• Excellent communication, organizational and multitasking skills
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Essential Physical Requirements:

• Standing, walking, bending, sitting, and reaching frequently
• Ability to lift up to 50 pounds repeatedly
• Ability to operate all equipment necessary to perform the job

Work Environment:

Fast-paced retail environment. At times may work with or near moving mechanical parts and in hot/cold climate conditions. Ability to work in moderate and loud noise environments. Some office work as well.