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Buyer (Fresh Produce)
at Oddbox

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  • London
  • fulltime
  • ₤30000 - ₤40000 per year

The Role

We currently pack and deliver over 10,000 boxes a week to homes and offices. We are growing rapidly, constantly expanding our reach and are planning for nationwide deliveries in 2020. We are offering a unique opportunity to be part of this journey.

We are looking for a hungry and solution driven fruit & veg buyer who will ensure regular consistent quality and supply aligned with demand. 

Alongside end-to-end sourcing you will help develop a competitive product offering based on what our customers want, all with a focus on commerciality and sustainability. 


Key responsibilities

Put customers first by developing a deep understanding of who our customers are and what the core product offering is, so you can source produce in line with the business strategy.

  • Design an exciting seasonal weekly box contents for B2C and B2B customers, based on availability of produce from our supply base
  • Work closely with suppliers to understand forward weekly availability and stay aware of buying opportunities
  • Buy a variety of fresh fruit and vegetable produce, negotiating the best price in line with the business requirements
  • Achieve the margin targets as set in the business operating plan, through the use of up front planning and validation of accurate supplier invoicing
  • Work closely with suppliers to build long term relationships to ensure future supply and to build strategic supplier partnerships
  • Inform suppliers of any quality issues, providing supporting information and completing claims where necessary
  • Work with Customer Happiness to review and monitor customer quality complaints, putting in place corrective actions or alternative sourcing arrangements
  • Manage supplier relationships, track and report supplier performance and complete supplier reviews and site visits 
  • Maintain market knowledge to identify new product opportunities from existing suppliers and build our supply base by onboarding new suppliers 
  • Contribute to the business sourcing strategy, ensuring that sufficient supply relationships exist to support the breadth of our planned business growth
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of new tech solutions 
  • Work with and support other members of the buying team to ensure that the overall team operates as an effective and efficient unit
  • Build strong internal relationships and work closely with other departments such as Customer Happiness, Finance, Marketing, Operations and Technology

Who we’re looking for

    • A minimum of 3 years experience sourcing and buying local and imported fresh produce
    • A passion for the sector and our mission to end food waste 
    • Driven, with entrepreneurial spirit, not letting anything dampen your energy and a willingness push through to achieve results
    • A track record of ‘getting things done’ and prepared to take a hands-on approach
  • Ability to operate effectively in a team whilst also confident working alone
  • Flexible, with the ability to adapt to the changing priorities and needs of the business
  • Excellent organisational and time-management skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Keen attention to detail
  • Great excel skills and love for numbers


What you'll get

  • Work in a diverse and inclusive team made up of 6 nationalities, split equally between women and men
  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • 30 days holidays including bank holidays
  • Flexible working hours
  • Employee perks via Perkbox/Charlie
  • Annual Learning & Development budget of £1k
  • Employee Cycle to work scheme
  • Free fresh fruits in the office
  • Team lunch and team building events
  • Discount on Oddbox fruit and veggies

Other details

  • Full-time role
  • Start date – ASAP
  • Salary £30 to £40K depending on experience
  • Based at our Vauxhall office, with travel to our Mitcham CFC, our Sittingbourne packing facility and supplier sites
  • As this is an operational role some out of hours and weekend working may occasionally be required

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