Jobs - Commodity Admin Assistant

Reports to: Source Director and Commodity Manager
Location: Livermore, CA
Position Type: Full Time

We’re looking for a goal-oriented Commodity Administrative who thrives on being successful. Grow your career within the produce industry. Develop, implement, and maintain a commodity strategy that supports a company’s supply chain.  Meet demand for annual growth targets. Evaluate market conditions in order to maintain inventory levels and control cost.  We have an excellent opportunity for you to make a difference, hit the ground running, and build a career with us.

Job Summary
This position is responsible for developing, communicating and executing sourcing strategies for a specific commodity or commodities. Interaction with sales, growing team/value team to achieve company objectives and this person must understand the constantly changing supply markets and navigate effectively to achieve success.

Essential duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Understand The Produce Exchange needs and assist to develop sourcing strategy to successfully satisfy those needs.
  • Coordinate vendor appointments and assist in setting up schedule travel and meetings.
  • Build relationship with current vendor base.
  • Possess a creative eye and ability to pick out trends.
  • Keep current with industry trends.
  • Prepare and present regular supplier quality reports, price competitiveness and market trend analysis.
  • Management of Ad tracker – maintains and update as necessary.
  • Maintain and communicate purchasing plans and assemble department sales history.
  • Ensure commodities supply is available to operations personnel at all times.
  • Familiarity with industry prices and marketing practices.
  • Negotiate with vendor for better pricing.
  • Assist the accounting department to resolve problems.
  • Submit completed files and samples for purchase order processing
  • Communicate packing planning and execution.
  • Facilitate communication between departments.


  • A.A. or higher degree preferred
  • 1+ years of experience in an administrative sales/buyer assistant role.
  • Some produce/agriculture industry and/or produce supply chain management knowledge or experience
  • Must be comfortable working in a fast- paced, constantly evolving environment and exhibit excellent multi-tasking skills.
  • Possess the ability to articulate the complexity of business needs and the capability to build/develop practical action plans based upon those needs.
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and analytical skills are required.
  • Must possess strong business acumen, encompassing the ability to see the “Big Picture” within a complex, multi-faced organization, and initiate change management with client groups.
  • Must exhibit proactive qualities, be self-directed, and have experience in facilitating meetings by utilizing effective presentation skills.
  • Must have the ability to make recommendation to effective resolve problems or issues, by using judgement that is consistent with standards, practices, policies, procedures, regulation or government law.
  • Proficient computer skills in the areas of e-mail, Microsoft Office (Power Point, Word, Excel, etc.  Required.
  • A strong spirit of teamwork and cooperation and a proven ability to cultivate and maintain positive working relationships with people at all levels inside and outside of the organization.
  • Commitment to continuous learning.
  • Strong communication and diplomacy skills and the ability to apply logical and pragmatic communication approach are required.
  • Proven leadership skills in leading, managing, and directing a team.
  • Flexible travel to all company locations, tradeshows, and industry conferences as required.

Physical Qualifications:

  • Requires regular attendance and/or physical presence at the job.
  • Fast paced, high volume, detail oriented work environment.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Occasionally requires the ability to move, lift, carry, pull or push heavy objects or materials.
  • Lift up to 20 pounds unassisted.
  • Requires extensive use of hands

Competitive salary, bonus, 401(k) with company match, medical, dental, life and disability. Please email or fax resume to 925-454-4217