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Food Product Developer/Buyer - San Carlos, CA

Location: San Carlos, CA

Department: Food Product Development

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

NatureBox (www.naturebox.com) is on a mission to make discovering bold, delicious foods easier by empowering consumers with direct access to better choices and a dynamic, personalized experience. NatureBox is a high-growth company that is reinventing the way consumers purchase nutritious foods by leveraging the power of technology and shipping directly to consumers. NatureBox focuses on the $70 billion snack market, selling monthly subscriptions that allow customers to conveniently purchase, discover and enjoy a variety of innovative NatureBox branded snacks. The Company has over 80 employees and is backed by leading venture capital firms, including General Catalyst, Softbank, and Canaan Ventures.

We are growing incredibly fast.  To support this growth, NatureBox is building our food sourcing team to ensure a delightful customer experience with great products.  We are heads-down focused on growing and developing a winning product assortment. 

NatureBox is looking for a smart, eager, hard-working, creative candidate with strong private label/specialty or all natural food sourcing experience.  The candidate will have great analytical, vendor relationship, negotiation and organizational skills. This candidate will help manage existing supplier relationships and help to identify new suppliers in support of our rapid growth. NatureBox is located in downtown San Carlos, CA, and is backed by leading venture capital firms.  The company offers full benefits.

Responsibilities

-Drives the execution of multiple business plans and projects for the sourcing team.
-Negotiating with vendors as they relate to assigned product lines in all aspects of product development. 

-This includes ideation, adaptation, costing, product quality and distribution related issues.

-Respond to vendor cold calls and recommend new vendors and products that meet the companyís requirements.
-Perform market analysis, competitive shop and analyze sales trends to keep abreast of current trends. Obtain feedback from customers to improve product and creatively add to overall assortment.
-Control spoilage, achieve margin goals, and collaborate with the team in conducting inventories.
-Maintain financial profitability by meeting and exceeding margin and sales targets.
-Maintain accurate purchase journals and process invoices and credits.
-Manage supplier files to ensure required compliance documentation is present, accurate and up to date.
-Ensures replenishment orders are placed for each item taking into account on-hand inventory and supplier lead times.
-Seeks quality secondary sources to supplement primary sources as necessary.
-Attending trade shows as necessary.

Skills and Characteristics

-Strong decision making, rooting decisions in data/metrics
-Clear verbal and written communication
-Self-starter with persistence to drive projects to completion, despite any obstacles
-Team player that fosters collaboration
-Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
-Ability to work well in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
-Expert level computer skills, particularly Microsoft Excel.

Requirements

-Bachelorís Degree in business, food science, or related fields with 5-7 years of merchandising or food buying/purchasing experience (preferably in the specialty and/or natural food industry).
-Experience building multi-year relationships with vendors, preferably in the private label space.
-Interest in start-up companies is a MUST. Start-up experience strongly preferred.

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