Category Buyer - Grocery
US Foods - Chicago, IL

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Basic Purpose


The RSC Category Buyer utilizes category expertise and vendor specific knowledge to determine procurement and inventory management strategies for multiple warehouse locations. He/She exercises independent judgment and discretion in problem solving complex, multi-stakeholder, replenishment related issues while meeting key performance objectives.



Monitor and independently determine the timing and quantity of items to buy based on a detailed understanding of vendor, category, market, and forecasting indicators. Manages inventory to ensure adequate supply while meeting or exceeding key service levels performance indicators including:

  • Inventory loss minimization
  • Days Inventory on Hand (DIOH)
  • Customer Order Fill Rates
  • Excess and Obsolete Inventory Reserve
  • Managed Cases/Freight Income
  • Inbound Cases/Pallet
  • Slow and Dead Inventory
  • Special Order response time
Analyze and interpret multiple sources of information in order to determine the best course of action to meet division and customer specific requirements.

Assess the financial impact/trade-off’s of replenishment activities in all decision making and implement cost effective solutions

Anticipate potential replenishment issues by utilizing reports and other demand planning tools in a disciplined and timely fashion

Collaborate with Category Management on developing the correct inventory portfolio for specific categories for each location.

Establish vendor relationships supporting collaboration and management objectives

Analyze and adjust system forecasts utilizing AWR based on daily review of product movement including seasonality, market trends, and probability of anticipated sales.

Effectively communicate with divisions on inventory requests and concerns that affect Sales

Support Item and Cost Specialist in realizing:
  • cost accuracy goals
  • lower consistent costs across multiple Divisions




Four-year college degree in business, operations, or supply chain management or equivalent food service industry work experience required.

Related Experience


Minimum one year purchasing experience preferred.



Exercises independent judgment and decision making in executing replenishment and inventory management activities;

Subject matter expert on one or more product category;

Ability to foster vendor relationships while achieving performance objectives;

Possesses a high degree of professionalism, tact, and persistence.

Possesses superior analytical skills and communication skills

Possesses the ability to solve complex problems in an expeditious fashion

Proficiency required in the use of Microsoft Office especially Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as Microsoft Outlook. PRISM and E3/AWR experience preferred.

Primary Location


IL-Chicago Metro-Rosemont






Day Job

Job Function



Job Level


Individual Contributor




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