Jr. Buyer

Home Chef, 1445 S. Tippecanoe Ave. San Bernardino, CA 92408

Home Chef brings people together around the dinner table.

Home Chef is building new ways to provide meal solutions that meet a wide variety of customer needs, and shipping locations both online and in store. Our plant-based crew is the lifeblood of our organization, operating in a supportive environment that allows the workplace to feel like a home away from home.  Our work product is a testament to what collaboration, heart, and hustle can accomplish when combined. If you’re ready to be part of the action, we’re ready to connect with you.  There are no limits to where we can go together.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to escalate in the US and around the world, we are committed to keeping our teams and their families as our greatest priority. To that end, we are making some adjustments to the way we will be doing business in the upcoming weeks.

We are taking all the necessary precautions to keep our employees and customers safe, and would love to have you on our team as we can continue to serve our communities.

The Junior Buyer is responsible for purchasing all items for the facility outside of produce. They are responsible for managing local supplier relationships, determining order quantities, ensuring all product arrives in a timely manner and meets quality expectations, as well as working to improve purchasing KPIs.

The normal working hours are Sunday-Thursday 7AM-3:30PM.


  • Manage ordering process for multiple menu cycles by balancing lead times, forecast variability, and multiple purchase orders
  • Place timely, accurate orders with Home Chef vendors and/or source product locally
  • Work regularly in excel to determine purchase quantities
  • Utilize Home Chef ERP system to cut purchase orders and track in-house inventory
  • Work cross functionally with quality and production teams daily
  • Reduce excess over orders by tracking product starting inventory and cutting orders as needed
  • Quickly source product and resolve problems in a timely manner related to inventory, product quality, and yields
  • Balance production schedule with product perishability to determine best product delivery date
  • Balance food costs with product quality by sourcing product from vendors that can meet Home Chef’s delivery dates and quality expectations
  • Review product yields and over orders on a weekly basis and make adjustments as needed
  • Manage product yields and forecast variability while adjusting product quantities as needed

Vendor Management:

  • Regularly communicate with Home Chef vendors to ensure on-time delivery and quality ingredients
  • Onboard new vendors by reviewing Home Chef ordering model and product specifications
  • Ensure vendors are meeting product specifications and communicate necessary changes
  • Document any vendor concerns and work with supply chain managers to resolve as needed
  • Work with vendors to return excess product
  • Balance vendor expectations with Home Chef expectations to ensure on-time deliveries
  • Be knowledgeable on pricing differences week over week, and work with vendors to resolve issues as needed

Improve Purchasing Function Accuracy:

  • Attend and prepare for weekly purchasing KPI meetings
  • Work with shorts buyer to determine root cause for shortages/overages and put action plans in place as needed

General Responsibilities:

  • Follow the facility GMPs and help enforce them throughout the facility
  • Support the efforts of the company to maintain our food safety system (SQF) and quality programs

Qualifications: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability needed for this role. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3+ years of experience as a buyer
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with an ERP system preferred
  • Above average experience in Excel
  • Ability to problem solve and balance priorities in a fast paced environment
Perks and benefits:
- Candidates can experience Home Chef as a customer - enter promo code PEOPLE30 for $30 off your first order!
- Medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance available
- Paid holidays, sick time and vacation time
- 401k program
- Flexible spending accounts for qualified medical, dependent care, parking, or transit expenses

Home Chef is an equal opportunity employer.

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About Home Chef

Every day, you're out there making things happen. That's why our CEO, Pat Vihtelic, created Home Chef: to provide everything you need to bring more delicious meals and moments to the table, no matter how busy you are. Because at Home Chef, we believe that preparing and enjoying a home-cooked meal should be a simply delicious experience. In fact, simplicity is our mantra. From online to doorstep...to your kitchen table, we make planning and preparing a home-cooked meal simple, intuitive and inspirational every step of the way. In 2013, Pat started Home Chef by partnering with a chef to design delicious, easy-to-follow recipes. Since then, our team has grown to include several chefs, and more than 700 employees across production, marketing, technology, product, design, and customer service. Last year, we delivered over 10 million meals and expanded our delivery to cover more than 97% of the U.S. population. Some days -- okay, most days -- we can't believe how quickly we've grown. But we believe that people continue to love Home Chef for the same reasons it was founded: it saves time, reduces food waste, and most importantly, brings people together for a home-cooked meal.

Want to learn more about Home Chef? Visit Home Chef's website.