Job Title: Buyer - Category Buyer
Industry Sector: Natural/Organic Food, Natural/Organic Home Care, Natural/Organic Personal Care/HABA, Supplements/OTC, Sustainable/Earth-Friendly
Job Categories: Management - Category
Management - Product
Purchasing / Sourcing

 Contact Information
Company Name: Nature's Best
  Address: 6 Pointe Drive, Suite 300
Brea, CA 92821
United States
  Company Phone: 8008007799
Web Site:

Job Description
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The Position: Buyer - Category Buyer

Category Buyer/Buying Specialist

DEPARTMENT:           Procurement

FLSA:                           Exempt

Location:                    Brea, CA


This role requires a leader with procurement know-how, solid experience with demand forecasting, purchasing, inventory management, and the ability to positively influence outcomes that drive results within the purchasing department.  The ideal candidate will have had exposure to the natural product industry, natural brands, and working with grocery retailers and suppliers. 

 And of course, have a stellar work ethic (including working overtime when needed), be an open-minded team player, and have solid attention to detail.


·         Become the product planning expert for assigned product and categories which includes gaining a thorough understanding of customer-specific assortment, demand forecast, and promotion needs within constraints of supply capacities.

·         Achieve established service level requirements, i.e., 94% to 97%.

·         Achieve inventory level targets as measured by dollar level, days’ supply and freshness.

·         Ensure that the lowest cost-to-deliver decisions are made during the purchasing process by working cross-functionally with marketing, transportation, and warehouse operations.

·         Assist in the negotiation of vendor logistics terms and conditions.

·         Utilize statistical forecasting tools to create weekly shipping forecasts.  Work with different models, parameters, and algorithms, to optimize the base line forecast.

·         Incorporate causal factors (provided by sales/marketing or other source) into the baseline demand forecast such as promotional lift, competitive action, seasonality, weather, displays, etc.

Provide strategic analysis and recommendations to decisions makers in Operations, Finance, and Sales relating to long-term product, market and channel trend.
Anticipate total network inventory position impacts of sales promotional/seasonal volume projections, new item introductions and obsolete item discontinuation and manages appropriate DRP system parameters to meet inventory targets.

·         Determine the most efficient and cost effective supply plan within a multi-distribution environment. Balance supply levels and service levels.

·         Manage the excess inventory process for assigned product groups.  Make recommendations to sell inventory to secondary accounts, transfer inventory to alternate DC’s to minimize excess, or to identify product to repack thereby limiting product destruction exposure.

·         Sell Marketing programs designed to increase exposure of items carried to the independent channel.



1.       Contribute and support to the overall goals of the Procurement Department.

2.       Takes initiative and works well independently.

3.       Capability of prioritizing and handling multiple projects simultaneously, under tight time constraints.


1.       Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or university. 

2.       Minimum of two (2) years of experience of related purchasing experience. 

3.       Superior proficiency in Microsoft Office suites, including advanced skills in Excel.

 How to apply:
2) E-mail your resume to:

Job Location: Brea, CA
Country: United States
Position Type: Full Time
Employee May Telecommute: No
Job seekers must live within: 25 miles
Required to Relocate: No
Required to Travel: No
Minimum Experience Required: 3-5 years

Contact Name: Vince Hernandez
Job Application Web Site:
Direct Phone: 8008007799 x4205


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