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Purchasing Assistant – Bidfood Christchurch

  • Do you have the desire and drive to move your purchasing and logistics career to the next level?
  • Keen to fully utilise your years of experience in purchasing and warehousing?
  • Able to work without supervision?
  • Do you have a great attitude and desire to learn?

We are seeking applications for a suitably qualified individual to join the team at Bidfood Christchurch in the position of Purchasing Assistant. This is a Monday to Friday role 7am to 3.30pm with some flexibility required for quarterly stocktakes.

A key focus of the role is to ensure we have the right products at the right stock levels to meet our customer’s needs. You will be working closely with all other departments, and need to form strong relationships with our support office team. Other responsibilities include Inventory management, product research, managing short dated products, pricing management, creating and maintaining supplier relationships, managing stock levels so we have adequate days cover that utilises our warehouse capacity.

The specific focus of the role is in the following areas:

  • Aim to achieve optimum stock levels – zero out of stocks of core lines and ensure that stock levels do not exceed maximum days cover
  • Work with Suppliers and The Warehouse team to maintain and establish optimum levels of supply and cover
  • Master Data – maintain your product files so that all product codes are up to date and ranged
  • Inventory Management
  • Maximise and Rationalise purchasing from Bidfood preferred Suppliers
  • Supplier relationships - work with our valued suppliers to ensure we achieve good outcomes for our customers
  • Negotiation skills – able to negotiate optimum terms and seek out pallet buy opportunities to achieve good commercial outcomes
  • DIFOT - reviewing orders overdue and following up with suppliers to ensure we received orders on or before due date

The right attitude and fit with our company is most sought after. In addition candidates who have the following experience would be an advantage:


  • A good understanding of food warehousing & distribution
  • Extensive knowledge of inventory systems and how to maintain master data accurately
  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of inventory management systems
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills
  • Purchasing experience


  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • Good communicator and able to multitask
  • Works well under pressure and can meet deadlines
  • Stays calm and seeks help quickly
  • Strong attention to detail

We are looking for a team player who is committed to developing their career in the warehousing/logistics industry. Opportunities for future growth and development exist for the right person.

Applications close 19th July 2021

Bidfood as an employer

Bidfood is at the forefront of the foodservice market in New Zealand, offering an exceptional customer experience driven by passion, commitment, innovation and expertise. Bidfood recognises those who thrive on using their initiative and delivering a high quality service. We believe these people are the absolute key to the success of Bidfood.

This is an excellent career opportunity to join a stable, constantly growing, highly respected company within the hospitality industry. We offer a competitive remuneration package and staff benefits.

Applicants must be able to provide references, agree to a criminal history check and will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test. You must be a NZ or Australian resident or citizen to apply for this role.

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