Buyer, Agribusines Retail (15 month term employee)


Company :  UFA
Location :  AB, Canada
Job Type :  Full-time
Job Status :  Permanent
At UFA, we are guided by what’s best for our members, customers and the communities they live and work in. Currently, we are looking for top talent to support the business during the implementation of a new Enterprise Resource Planning system (ERP) that will improve the customer experience at UFA. If you have an interest in working for a progressive cooperative, we invite you to apply for the position below.

UFA Co-operative Limited is an Alberta-based agricultural co-operative with more than 120,000 member-owners.

Founded in 1909, UFA's network comprises more than 113 bulk fuel and Petroleum Cardlock locations, 35 Farm & Ranch Supply stores and a support office located in Calgary. Independent Petroleum agents and more than 1,200 employees provide products, services and agricultural solutions to farmers, ranchers, members, consumers and commercial customers in Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan.

UFA also owns and operates an outdoor outfitter business called Wholesale Sports. With 12 locations and more than 600 employees, Wholesale Sports is the largest multi-channel retailer in Western Canada dedicated to the outdoor industry.

Reporting to the Manager, Forecast & Replenishment, the Buyer is accountable for the sourcing and evaluation of procurement options within an assigned category (commodity type articles), manage supplier relationships, spend visibility, replenishment management, process compliance and transactional accuracy.

Source inventory in assigned product categories, taking into consideration of product availability, quality, unit cost, and order quantity (inventory impact and exit strategy). Continually evaluate procurement options to achieve improved inventory performance and meet assigned market plans for in store inventory position performance: right product, right place, right time in the correct quantity to maximize customer satisfaction and sales performance.

Collaborate with the Merchant and external vendor resources to achieve optimal inventory levels and analyze vendor performance. Build and execute procurement booking order strategies in conjunction with category planners and source product to meet market-plan forecasted demand.

Visit farm stores to understand store product issues, performance and customer acceptance. Integrate field visit knowledge with vendor visits and tradeshow attendance to develop specific market plans. Develop/execute inventory rebalancing initiatives within area of responsibility. Partner with business partners to assess vendor performance.

Responsible for SAP replenishment management (optimize articles, manage overdue elements/red lights, vendor performance). Develop and maintain Layout modules within SAP, according to the assortment planning strategy provided by Product Strategy Manager/Category Planner. Maintain supplier costs in SAP. Process compliance and transactional accuracy (PO creation, PO changes and supplier invoicing discrepancies).

Negotiate vendor buying agreements, tendering and negotiating lumber pricing with lumber brokers, on ongoing bases.

A Bachelor’s degree or diploma, preferably in agriculture, business or related field is required. Completion of procurement or supply chain management courses or working towards a professional purchasing designation (PMAC, CPP, SCMP) is an asset.

Minimum 8 years’ experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Agricultural and commodity purchasing background is an asset.

Working knowledge of SAP.

Proficiency in MS Office and knowledge of materials management software/databases.

Effective interpersonal, negotiation, facilitation and communication (both written and verbal) skills.

Ability to deal with competing priorities and manage time appropriately.

Self-starter and the ability to work both in a team environment and independently.

External Applications: Please send your cover letter and resume to

and quote job ERP17-012 in the subject line.

Internal Applications: Please email your resumes and Complete Form –

Application For In-House Position

, quote job ERP17-012, and forward to “WORK”.

We thank all candidates for their interest, however only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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