Agriculture Buyer
Rural King - Mattoon, IL

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Job Description

Job Title: Agricultural Buyer

Reports To: Vice President of Purchasing

Job Location: Corporate Office in Mattoon, IL

FLSA Status: Exempt


Drive the selection and development of new agricultural products and oversee the analysis of current trends and market factors to forecast the success of new merchandise items and departments


· Analyze trends by identifying key factors affecting the performance of assigned category

· Deliver merchandise to the sales floor in a timely manner

· Locate merchandise strategically in coordination with the management team

· Analyze inventory level and react to change in demand

· Negotiate product costs and contract terms with suppliers to achieve sales and margin goals

· Establish and maintain strategic relationships with all internal and external stakeholders

· Work Collaboratively with cross-functional teams to ensure projects are completed successfully

· Create analytic reporting to review forecasts, performance indicators and monitor stock levels

· Develop advertising plans and promotions with suppliers to drive sales and margin

· Partner with advertising to maximize impact of promotions and ensure maximum co-op dollars are generated

· Ensure quality control of merchandise as product enters the store

· Execute company action plans to increase sales and profits and reduce shrink

· Execute strategies and plans to effectively deliver merchandise to the sales floor, action planning, effective communication and consistent accountability

· Commitment to company established receiving practices


· 5-10 years experience with Chemicals/Agronomy

· 4+ years experience in Agriculture merchandising as a Buyer in a specialty national or large regional multi-unit chain store

· Experience should include some of the following expertise and skill sets:

o Merchandise Management

o Inventory management

o Product lifecycle and seasonal trends

o New line product development

o Vendor negotiations

o Excel in a fast paced, evolving work environment

o Strong computer skills

o Effective communication skills

o Effective problem-solving skills

o Critical thinking skills to solve problems


· None.


· Standing for long periods of time

· Repetitive lifting, pushing, & pulling

· Repetitive wrist movements on keyboard

· Repetitive hand movements on telexon

· Close vision for PC work

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

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