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Position: Purchasing Coordinator / Buyer
Reports to: Director of Supply Chain & Logistics
Organization: Real Food For Real Kids
Location: East End of Toronto, Ontario

Hours: Full Time


  • $45-55k, dependent on experience
  • Benefits program including alternative and preventative health treatments
  • RRSP Matching

About Real Food for Real Kids:

A multiple award-winning company recognized for excellence and innovation, Real Food for Real Kids (RFRK) is a leading healthy catering company for childcare centres, elementary schools and camps. RFRK proudly serves delicious, nutritious meals and snacks to over 15,000 children throughout the Greater Toronto Area every day. RFRK’s mission is to enable and inspire a lifetime of healthy eating while having a great time doing it! Apply today to join a fast-growing company on a world changing mission.

A glimpse at the role:

The Buyer ensures all supplies and ingredients are ordered and received in alignment with our production schedule. Responsibilities include placing and confirming purchase orders, making order adjustments, conducting multiple checks to ensure on-time deliveries in a JIT environment, tracking supplier performance, and coordinating receiving functions. The Buyer is a hands-on role that works closely with the Food Planning and Receiving teams both on a transactional basis and strategically. This role also plays a role in our transition to a new ERP.

Some of the things you’ll get paid to do:


  • Placing and confirming purchase orders, adjusting quantities as necessary
  • Provide forecasts to vendors securing continuous product supply
  • Ensuring delivery schedule is accurate, updated, and adhered to
  • Contingency planning (eg. shortages, backorders, quality issues, pick-up/drop-off requests, etc.)
  • Timely communication to appropriate parties
  • Checking and maintaining our internal receiving calendar
  • Continuous exploration and execution of cost reduction/optimization strategies, negotiating on commodity skus

Vendor Relations

  • Meeting supplier relationship management objectives
  • Monitoring and correcting vendor performance issues (eg, quality issues, foreign material, delivery accuracy, etc)
  • Providing quarterly forecasts and preorders to select vendors

Inventory Control

  • Monitoring and maintaining inventory accuracy
  • Responsible for the timely execution of monthly, weekly, and daily counts
  • Identifying opportunities to improve departmental systems and processes
  • Reporting on inventory status, production requirements, KPI’s, etc.

Some of the perks:

  • Put your professional and personal strengths to work in a fast-growing and dynamic company
  • Have a hand in reshaping the way children, families, and educators eat and perceive food
  • Help our community embrace real food and foster new healthy eating habits
  • Taste real food every day in our staff kitchen!

Required Education and Experience:

  • College diploma or University degree, preferably in Business or Economics
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite, Google Suite and databases
  • Experience with a MRP/ERP system
  • Previous exposure to quality, food safety and health & safety best practices
  • Experience in medium to large scale production/warehouses

Skills and Personal Attributes:

  • Detail orientation and commitment to accuracy and quality of work
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills
  • Ability to understand and escalate issues as necessary
  • Ability to be proactive and take initiative
  • Problem solving and analysis skills
  • Acute time management skills
  • Adaptability, willingness to grow, and proven aptitude for continuous learning
  • Ability to work cross-functionally to drive results, as a client-focused team player
  • Ability to identify opportunities for cost and inventory reductions
  • Ability to manage projects and to meet deadlines for deliverables


  • CSCMP, CPP, CPIM, or APICS designations
  • Functional knowledge of MS Dynamics NAV

To apply, please upload your résumé and cover letter, including salary expectations, explaining why you’d be a great fit for this role!

Real Food for Real Kids is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from diverse backgrounds and communities.

Real Food for Real Kids welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


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No phone calls or emails, please. We’ll contact applicants that fit the bill, and invite them in for an interview.

Thanks for your interest in Real Food for Real Kids!

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Sep 26 2018    ID: 48540