CHEESE buyer/ SPECIALiST
Are you a cheese lover? We are looking for an experienced, full time cheese specialist in our family-owned food market in Palo Alto.
What you'll do: Responsibilities
Create and maintain an amazing experience for each customer through the education and selling of cheeses and other specialty products.
Do product research, work with distributors and producers directly, and be responsible for the success of the cheese department.
Properly order, replenish, and merchandise cheese to maximize sales and revenue for the department.
Ensure orders for cheese are timely and accurate to monitor inventory turns.
Perform all functions related to breaking down deliveries, moving back stock to floor, and merchandising and stocking new products.
Organize and develop promotional displays to maximize sales;
Become well-versed in our selection of cheese and other specialty foods; Understand why our products are different than other stores and explain differences to customers.
Actively engage with our customers and spend quality time with each to educate them and to help them choose and discover cheeses.
Ensure a fresh and appealing display by keeping shelves and displays clean and well stocked by front-facing, checking codes, rotating, and removing out-of-date products.
Ensure that product offering meets different customer dietary needs.
Build displays according to movement, promotions, profitability and value
Sample department products to customers.
Oversee customer special orders.
Oversee and deliver on catering requests pertaining to the cheese department
Analyze and control product transfers, waste, and spoilage.
Maintain accurate department signage and pricing.
Work hands-on with top cheese and specialty foods producers and distributors.
Research, discover and introduce new products to grow our selection and drive increases in sales and customer satisfaction
Weigh, label and package products.
Other duties as needed
WHO YOU ARE: KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Comprehensive knowledge of cheese and specialty products in cutting, production, and taste
Familiarity and/or willingness to learn about products, nutritional information, and other relevant areas
Working knowledge and application of cheese merchandising, with focus on attention to detail
Ability to sell and educate customers proactively
Ability to perform physical requirements of a position that requires a lot of lifting, stacking of boxes and repetitive cutting of the cheeses
Ability to deliver information in a clear and respectable manner to fellow team members, customers, and vendors
Ability to educate team on product knowledge and convey enthusiasm
Strong demonstrated organizational and time management skills
Strong basic math skills
Strong work ethic and integrity; Accountability in recognizing and accomplishing all responsibilities
Use of tools and equipment, including box cutters, electric pallet jacks, and other heavy machinery
Ability to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays as needed
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, with a sense of urgency
Who you are: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
You’re a hard worker and passionate about food
At least 2 years of relevant industry experience