Regional Buyer


Job ID: REGIO11102

Primary Location: Forrest City, AR, US

Date Posted: April 7, 2021

Category: Purchasing

Job Details:



Core-Mark (Nasdaq CORE)

Core-Mark is a Fortune 300 company that continues to grow for over 130 years as an industry leader in fresh and broad-line solutions to the convenience retail industry. Our reputation of empowering customers, employees, and communities has allowed us to build over $16 Billion in revenue. Through our 32 distribution centers, we offer a full range of products, programs, and solutions to customers across the U.S. and Canada.

At Core-Mark, you will discover a culture that enables you to grow, challenges you to achieve, and embraces you as family. Show us your power and come explore your opportunities with Core-Mark.



Position Summary:

As a Regional Buyer, you will strategize with our sales team and multi-division leadership to determine the viability of new products, research vendors, present proposals, and implement programs for retail consumers. You will work with large and small vendors alike to create sustainable and successful partnerships to add value for our vendors, our customers, and ourselves. A successful candidate will have effectively demonstrated an ability analyze and create strategies intended to improve category performance through the development and execution of strategic business plans.


Position Responsibilities:

  • Reviewing & maintaining inventory levels to ensure sufficient turns, ordering, and customer needs.
  • Maintaining promotions, plans, and allowances in mainframe systems.
  • Communicating with supplies and carriers to arrange purchase orders (PO’s), track PO’s from order confirmation for the warehouse, and assist Accounts Payable with approval of bills. 
  • Identifying & creating solutions to a variety of inventory conditions.
  • Building successful supplier relationships; growing a diverse array of items and suppliers.
  • Managing financial performance of assigned categories and vendors.
  • Collaborating with suppliers to develop and execute marketing programs.
  • Developing and communicating specific performance metrics and goals relevant to each supplier.
  • Providing category leadership to shape the product portfolio that will provide our customers.
  • Negotiating elements of assigned supplier relationships.
  • Providing analysis and recommendations on relevant products.
  • Monitoring new developments, trends, and market activity.
  • Maintaining industry knowledge of Core-Mark and governmental rules.
  • Preparing reports and records related to buying and inventory activities.
  • Traveling when required for the position. 

Skills & Experiences:

  • 4 year degree in related field or equivalent experience/training within the field.
  • 2 or more years of combined buying, planning, sales, and allocation responsibilities.
  • Ability to analyze multiple forms of data as it relates to the decision making process.
  • Demonstrated professional leadership and negotiation abilities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Proficiency in Excel, other Microsoft Office products, and Windows-based programs.
  • Familiarity or working knowledge of AS400 and SAP. –{List what systems are applicable}
  • Strong marketing, merchandising, product, trend, and analytical skills.
  • Ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of customers.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of Procurement, Sales, and Marketing.
  • Prior knowledge, or ability to learn about market trends, conditions, seasonality, perishability, and inventory turns expertise. 

Core-Mark Benefits:

At Core-Mark, we know your power comes from your overall well-being and the well-being of your family. That’s why we offer a comprehensive benefits package that supports the health of you and your family. As a part of our family, your benefit offerings include: 

  • Highly Competitive Medical, Dental, & Vision Coverage
  • Health Savings & Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Core-Benefits: Life, Disability, & Employee Assistance Program paid by Core-Mark
  • Work/Life Balance: Sick Leave, Vacation Time and Holidays
  •  Financial Wellness: 401(k) Plan, Group Voluntary Benefits, Pet Insurance, Commuter Benefit, Employee Discounts, & Scholarship Opportunities for children of employees





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