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ALDI Buying Assistant - Produce in Batavia, Illinois

As part of the ALDI National Buying team, your focus will be putting great products in our stores that closely align with customer preferences. While working directly with suppliers, you’ll focus on merchandising and pricing as well as corporate responsibility when it comes to our materials. You’ll also focus on developing a wide range of products that meet or exceed our quality standards. If you’re looking to grow your skills and your career, choose more with ALDI.

We’re looking for a motivated, results-driven Buying Assistant to join our growing ALDI National Buying team. In this role, you’ll work closely with suppliers and support the Buying Director. You’ll need exceptional time management and organizational skills, the ability to think critically, and be able to manage multiple projects in our fast-paced environment.

Position Type: Full-Time

Work Location: This role is eligible to participate in ALDI’s Hybrid Work Program, which allows remote work up to 2 days per week (i.e., work remotely up to 2 days per week; work in-office at least 3 days per week)

Starting Wage: $25.00/hour

Duties and Responsibilities:

Must be able to perform duties with or without reasonable accommodation.

• Support the Buying Director to oversee the product life cycle of a sub-group produce of products.

• Request, organize and manage product samples from suppliers.

• Understand commodities and provide recommendations to direct leader based on market knowledge.

• Manage multiple projects at once by prioritizing, setting deadlines and coordinating the flow of information internally and externally.

• Strategize effectively to solve problems with vendors and product issues.

• Utilize various computer applications for database management, report generation and tracking spreadsheets.

• Serve as the primary liaison between internal and external parties in coordination with direct leader.

• Provide training to new staff and contribute to committee or teamwork.

• Provide recommendations for changes or improvements on operating or training procedures, and seek further training on areas if needed.

• Collaborate with team members and communicate relevant information to direct leader.

• Perform administrative and clerical duties such as answering phones, preparing documents, maintaining calendar meetings/appointments, upholding files and processing paperwork.

• Uphold the security and confidentiality of documents and data.

Job Qualifications:

ALDI Acts Competencies:

Perform within ALDI Acts competencies as outlined below.

• Drives for Success: Seizes opportunities and proactively takes concrete actions to complete tasks. Goes the “extra mile” and persistently overcomes obstacles to improve outputs.

• Focuses on the Customer: Seeks to understand underlying customer needs to create value. Drives the team to maintain focus on customers.

• Focuses on Quality: Takes an efficient, analytical approach to solve problems or produce outputs in an accurate and timely manner. Ensures quality and accuracy of results.

• Manages and Supports Projects: Effectively plans, executes and supports project needs to support management and the larger ALDI business.

• Organizes and Executes with Accuracy: Leverages a systematic, efficient and organized approach while ensuring quality and accuracy of results.

Job-specific Competencies:

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

• Attention to detail and ability to follow instruction.

• Ability to stay organized and multi-task efficiently.

• Ability to work both independently and within a team environment.

• Establish goals and work toward achievement.

• Effective time management; maximize productivity.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

• Project a positive image of the business.

• Understand, recognize and effectively manage challenges by proactively working to decrease their impact and frequency of occurring.

• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.

Education and Experience:

• Associate's Degree in Business or a related field required.

• A minimum of 1-3 years of relevant experience required.

• Or, a combination of education and experience providing equivalent knowledge.

Physical Requirements:

• Work is performed in an office environment where a computer, telephone and other office equipment are used as needed to perform duties.

• Regularly required to sit, reach, grasp, stand and move from one area to another.

• Constantly and repeatedly use keyboard/mouse.

• Occasionally required to push, pull, bend, lift and move up to 25 lbs.

Travel:

• No travel required.

ALDI offers competitive wages and benefits, including:

• 401(k) Plan with company matching contributions

• SmartDollar Financial Wellness Program

• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

• PerkSpot National Employee Discount Program

In addition, eligible employees are offered:

• Medical, Prescription, Dental & Vision Insurance

• Generous Vacation Time & 7 Paid Holidays

• Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance

• Life, Dependent Life and AD&D Insurance

• Voluntary Term Life Insurance

ALDI offers competitive wages and benefits, including:

  • 401(k) Plan

  • Company 401(k) Matching Contributions

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

  • PerkSpot National Employee Discount Program

In addition, eligible employees are offered:

  • Medical, Prescription, Dental & Vision Insurance

  • Generous Vacation Time & 7 Paid Holidays

  • Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance

  • Life, Dependent Life and AD&D Insurance

  • Voluntary Term Life Insurance

Click here to learn more about the benefits ALDI has to offer (https://careers.aldi.us/benefits)

ALDI is committed to equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. As a proud Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE), we do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, religion, sex, sexual stereotyping, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, pregnancy (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), or any other protected characteristic. Employment may be contingent upon ALDI's receipt of an acceptable and job-related drug test, motor vehicle report, and/or reference check, as applicable and permissible by law.

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