About Imperfect
Imperfect Foods was founded in 2015 with a mission to reduce food waste and build a better food system for everyone. We offer imperfect (yet delicious) produce, affordable pantry items, and quality meat and dairy. We deliver them conveniently to our customers’ doorsteps and pride ourselves on offering up to a 30% discount compared to grocery store prices. Our customers can get the healthy, seasonal produce they want alongside the grocery staples they rely on, without having to compromise their budget or values. We’re proving that doing the right thing for the planet doesn’t have to cost more, and that shopping for quality ingredients can support the people and resources that it takes to grow our favorite foods.
We’re headquartered in San Francisco with operations all over the country. Check our website to see if there is an Imperfect near you!
We’re looking for folks who are positive, motivated, and ready to change the world. If that sounds like you, drop us a line!
About the Role:
The Produce Buyer is on the Supply Team. They will be responsible for maintaining vendor relationships, order placement, and quality/condition of the incoming product. This position reports into the Purchasing Manager.


    • Consistently meet quarterly metrics based on product quality, margin, on time deliveries, and product cost
    • Handle relationships with priority vendors by staying in regular communication, placing orders with high accuracy, and ensuring product quality.
    • Troubleshoot general supplier issues and resolve credit requests to suppliers in a timely manner
    • Negotiate better prices based on knowledge of seasonality, market prices, and trends across vendors. Visit growers to explore opportunities for mutually effective relationships
    • Facilitate onboarding of new vendors given by the Purchasing Manager to verify smooth integration into our systems and processes, ensuring that they meet all our requirements. Inform the Purchasing Manager and Director of Sourcing of any gaps in sourcing due to insufficient vendors or volume for a specific commodity (organic or conventional)
    • Work with Merchandising and Brand to implement promo/ad internal programs, ensuring success from beginning to end
    • Assist finance with resolving PO and invoice discrepancies. Coordinate with receivers to verify arrivals

Skills and Qualifications:

    • 1-3 years experience purchasing produce
    • Extensive knowledge in the fresh produce industry (for both organic and conventional product), including PACA guidelines, temperature guidelines, and USDA inspections
    • Proven vendor relationships and firm negotiation skills
    • Experience in quickly solving issues and working in a fast paced environment
    • Proficient with Excel, Word, Google Sheets/Docs and ERP systems
    • Excellent interpersonal skills
    • Bachelor’s degree in business, agriculture, related field or relevant experience
    • Knowledge of PACA guidelines and rules

About You:

    • You’re highly energetic and friendly attitude, ready to learn
    • You’re extremely organized with a strong attention to detail
    • You’re able to prioritize and meet deadlines
    • You love the opportunity to meet challenges and take preventative action for solutions
    • You work well in a highly active team in a collaborative environment
    • You’re passionate about our mission to eliminate food waste and create a better food system for all

Details of Position:

    • Full-time exempt position reporting to the Purchasing Manager
    • Position based out of one of these locations: San Antonio, TX, Tucson, AZ, Portland, OR, San Francisco, CA
    • Salary and employee stock options commensurate with experience
    • Competitive benefits package including health care, paid vacation, 401K, paid parental leave, and recurring credit towards your Imperfect account!
    • Opportunity to work from home regularly
    • Salary and employee stock options commensurate with experience
    • Competitive benefits package including health care, paid vacation, 401K, paid parental leave, and recurring credit towards your Imperfect account!
    • Domestic travel required

Physical Requirements:

    • Sedentary work; involves sitting most of the time
    • Occasional movement around the office may be necessary
    • Regular work with computers, including keyboards, mouses, and screens
    • Standing desks and / or other ergonomic accommodation is available upon request
    • Regular use of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets
Individuals seeking employment at Imperfect Foods are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
U.S. E-Verify Notice: Imperfect Foods participates in E-Verify in the United States. Imperfect will provide the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.
How we are protecting employees from COVID-19
At Imperfect Foods, employee health and safety is our top priority. We have implemented processes and precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our facilities. We provide gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer to all essential employees who must report to work. Before entering our warehouse, employees have their temperatures checked. In addition, we take great care to ensure frequently touched surfaces are sanitized throughout the day and all warehouses are fully sanitized weekly.
We have also implemented an Emergency Sick Leave policy providing full-time and part-time employees 2 additional weeks of paid time off and up to 26 weeks paid leave if they have a confirmed case of COVID-19.