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Retail Food Service Manager

Lake Forest, IL, 60045
June 13, 2019

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Produce Buyer Manager

Area of Focus: Retail

Qualifications Profile

Goal-oriented, results-driven, and multifaceted professional with broad-based experience in produce buying, product pricing, and merchandising management; backed by hands-on skills in wholesale sales and trading operations. Armed with proven adeptness in providing first-rate services and highly-quality products and deliverables. Effective at establishing positive relationships with key customers to identify new opportunities and maximize client base. Articulate communicator; bilingual in English and Spanish.

Areas of Expertise

Retail Operations

Competitive Market Research

Profit Margin Analysis

Strategic Planning and Implementation

Purchasing Management

Sales Growth

Sourcing Administration

Product Reselling

Professional Experience


Produce Buyer 2018–Present

Provide complete oversight to the overall purchasing, pricing, and merchandising operations of the department which is the largest department as by sales percentage

Manage the integration of the most competitive weekly produce sales within the Chicago market

Played a significant role in driving the department growth by 25% since 2018

Joseph’s Marketplace § Crystal Lake, IL

Part Owner Produce Buyer 2005–2018

Collaboratively worked with all department managers in scheduling workforce, estimating profit margins, and implementing general plans

Directed all aspects of purchasing, pricing, and merchandising operations of the marketplace

Family Fruit Market § Chicago, IL

Part Owner Produce Manager Produce Buyer Store Manager 1992–2016

Managed the entire employee team, while monitoring hiring and occasional releasing activities

Properly organized weekly schedules for all departments

Rendered effectual support to all managers in handling pricing, profit margins and weekly sale preparation

Ensured the delivery of exceptional customer service

Acquired hands-on experience in directing wholesale produce sale

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