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Purchasing Assistant at SUPERVALU Inc in Providence, Rhode Island

Posted in Purchasing - Procurement 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Position Purpose:

Provides administrative support to the Buyers. Assists with the organization and execution of company projects and functions. Handles details of a confidential nature. Keeps Buyers well informed of activities and provides assistance to Procurement staff.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the effective and accurate performance of assigned clerical and purchasing functions.

  • Executes against reports such as the daily lost sales reports and open purchase order reports and compiles information to share with the buyers, operations and vendors as necessary.

  • Actively resolve issues or concerns that pertain to work related and assigned tasks. Facilitates a “problem-solver” approach—identifies the problem, offers solutions and executes/delivers results.

  • Stays educated on development, changes and trends related to industry.

  • Follows up with suppliers regarding status checks on purchase orders.

  • Creates and adjusts purchase orders as needed.

  • Prepares a variety of documents, reports and records including Returns to Vendors and Package Changes.

  • Assists and supports department personnel as needed. Resolves requests, questions and problems promptly.

  • Obtains and conveys information such as inventory checks as needed.

  • Completes miscellaneous purchasing duties and clerical duties as assigned.

  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining effective, professional business relations with suppliers. Obtains and conveys information courteously and promptly. Maintains 2 and projects the Company’s professional reputation. Promotes goodwill and conveys a positive image of the company.

  • Interacts with internal customers—provides data and communicates regularly between the IPAR team and Operations, Inbound Logistics, Pricing, Accounts Payable, Marketing, SRM and RCM.

  • Keeps management informed of area activities and of any significant problems or concerns.

  • Attends and participates in meetings as required.

  • Completes special projects as assigned.

Job Requirements:


  • High school graduate or equivalent related experience

  • Associate degree desirable EXPERIENCE:

  • 1-2 years of professional business experience in purchasing, category management, sales or related fields

  • System Implementation preferred


  • Proficient in all Microsoft Office applications

  • Knowledge of purchasing and inventory policies and procedures

  • Understanding of document formats, spreadsheets and business communication


  • Ability to work will independently, prioritize and complete tasks in a high-pressure environment

  • Ability to be discreet and handle highly confidential information

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills

  • Solid analytical, creative and problem solving ability

  • Well organized and attentive to detail

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status. UNFI is an EO employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability.  VEVRAA Federal Contractor.