Fresh Produce Buyer

Singapore, Singapore Full-time

Role Purpose

We are seeking an entrepreneurial Buyer, passionate about Fresh Produce, who will be responsible for sourcing and merchandising within RedMart's Fresh Produce category. We are looking for a highly motivated  individual with a proven ability to maximize product output and selection through personal contacts with vendors, impeccable follow-up and attention to detail, to drive growth and margin through assortment planning, supplier negotiations and on-site merchandising. The role offers a high degree of autonomy and entrepreneurial activity to deliver the best range and value to our customers.


To be successful, you must be fast on your feet and focused on getting things done. You must be able to embrace the unexpected and brush aside challenges with grace and finesse. We are passionate about what we do, so crucially, we are looking for an interest in fruit & vegetables at agricultural, supply chain and/or consumer levels. As we procure items daily, based on sales demand, you will need to be proactive and committed to the role.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Identify, qualify, market and cultivate Suppliers’ commitment to providing high quality Fresh Produce to Redmart.
  • Support the Senior Category Manager to analyze customer and supplier data and make recommendations to increase the sales of RedMart Fruits and Vegetables segment.
  • Execute successfully on the Fresh business plan that includes identifying product range options, negotiating prices and terms with suppliers, adequate stocking of product range, develop seasonal promotion schemes and implement customer incentive programs.
  • Prospect Fresh Produce suppliers from the region, understand spot/ short buys and quickly source products to assist the Fresh business at Redmart to achieve monthly targets.
  • Ensure the quality of local and regional sellers, including handling of disputes.
  • Liaise with supply chain, marketing, operations and finance to execute plans within budget.
  • Plan and execute on supply plans including inbound capacities, storage utilization, product receiving specifications and supplier minimum order quantities.
  • Establish a process and execute the wholesale of excess produce back to the market. Drive cost recovery through the reduction of excess waste.
  • Track operational metrics within the Fresh Produce team to guide your work and uncover new areas of opportunities with customer groups.
  • Report weekly and monthly information on market prices and trends to assist the Senior Category Manager with market analysis and price setting.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the e-commerce industry, the competitive environment in Fresh and cultivate strong relationships with vendors in the category.
  • Support internal partners in driving change and work on multiple projects as assigned.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned based on business requirements.

Attitude and Behaviors critical to success:

  • Proven negotiation skills across a wide supplier base in Singapore and/or the region.
  • Meticulous and attention to details. Able to analyze quantitative data in spreadsheets.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Strong team player, individual contributor and enjoys working with a diverse group of people.
  • Continuous improvement mindset with sound logic and reasoning in persuading for change.
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environment and deal with ambiguity.
  • Financial savviness. Able to relate initiatives and activities to cost impacts to the business.

Qualifications needed

  • Graduate degree from a recognised University.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience within a Merchandising / Buying function in Fresh Produce, preferably as a retailer or supplier in SE Asia and Pacific region.
  • Intermediate to advanced level of skill in Microsoft Excel.
  • Fluent in English and conversant in a major language that is spoken in SE Asia.

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