Produce Planner/Advisor

3+ months agoSchenectady, NY


US0025 Sysco Albany, LLC

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In collaboration with the Produce Director or Manager, negotiate, procure, and coordinate the effective distribution of Category 11 products and services to customers through Sysco Broadline Operating Companies. Establish and execute a strategy for the produce category to meet or exceed profitable sales targets supported by effectively managing Operating Company (OpCo) designated service levels. Provide training, product information, regulatory guidance, and customer service to internal and external customers in support of the distribution of products and services as needed Drives OpCo required category initiatives and assortment in harmony with corporate requirements.


  • Maintain appropriate inventory levels in meeting customer demand (Service Level) while maximizing inventory turns and controlling shrink.
  • Support Category Management by providing product assortment and Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) rationalization recommendations that are aligned with your customer demand.
  • Align with and implement a "local" and "sustainable" program where applicable.
  • Ensure Operating Company (OpCo) participation and comprehension of sourcing programs.
  • Meet or exceed appropriate contract compliance.
  • Exploit effective utilization of PRDC and RDC platforms where appropriate.
  • Provide timely and effective communication with Sales force including but not limited to market conditions, product quality and availability, new items and applications.
  • Establish with the Produce Director/Manager impactful (S.M.A.R.T.) fiscal Congestion Management Process (CMP) Goals aligned with Opco and Corporate targets.
  • Accepts accountability in reaching these goals.
  • Responsible for logistics on all inbound products utilizing efficient loading strategy and employing PRDC, consolidation, and redistribution where appropriate.
  • Collaborate with Transportation Management system (TMS) and Optimization teams in capturing all available freight-related efficiencies.
  • Drive effective adoption of Corp logistics strategies.
  • Support produce sales opportunities by collaborating with Business Development and Sales and Marketing management in developing successful sales strategy in growing profitable sales.
  • Assist through procurement innovative, impactful produce marketing/promotional agendas.
  • Aid category sales training of Marketing Associates.
  • Utilize available contract programs and resources to support sales strategies.
  • Assure quality integrity of all inbound and outbound Category 11 products.
  • Works closely with Quality Assurance lead(s) and in conjunction with Operations and Transportation Management.
  • Work with inventory control to manage expiration dating through Sysco Warehouse Management System (SWMS) reports.
  • Manage and direct effective control of product shrink.
  • Maximize earned income opportunities through increased cases billed through Sysco Merchandising Services (SMS).
  • Must be able to perform essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodations



  • Bachelor degree or equivalent combinations of experience and education in place of degree required.


  • Minimum of 2 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of culinary/foodservice education and experience required.

  • 2 years of Produce and/or Food Service procurement experience preferred.

Professional Skills

  • Must establish courses of action for self to ensure that work is completed efficiently.

  • Associate participates as a member of a team to help the team accomplish its goals.

  • Maintains effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or the work environment.

  • Adjusting to new work structures and processes.

  • Working effectively and collaborating with others.

  • Establishing and maintaining good working relationships.

  • Educates customers.

  • Shares information with customers to build their understanding of issues and capabilities.

  • Sets high standards of performance for self.

  • Assume responsibility and accountability for the successful completion of assignments or tasks.

  • Self-imposing standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.

  • Must accomplish tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small.

  • Showing concern for all aspects of the job.

  • Accurately checking processes and tasks.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Regularly required to sit, stand, walk and use hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, and telephone to talk and hear.

  • Frequently required to sit and reach with hands and arms.

  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds

Working Conditions

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those associate encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

If you are eligible for Sysco benefits and starting work in the months of May and June 2021, you may enroll in a medical and prescription drug plan that will be effective on your date of hire.  Regardless of your start date, you may also enroll in additional benefits to be effective the first of the month following (or coincident with) 60 days of employment.  Visit to view additional information. Contribution amounts associated with Sysco’s benefits will be addressed during your benefits enrollment process and eligibility questions may be directed to your site’s human resources team.

NOTICE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of the environment and level of work being performed by this job. This job description in no way states or implies that the duties and responsibilities listed are the only tasks to be performed by the associate in this job. The associate will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by his or her supervisor.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This job description supersedes prior job descriptions. When duties and responsibilities change and develop, the job description will be reviewed and is subject to changes of business necessity.


Candidates who start work in the months of May and June 2021 may be eligible for medical and prescription drug plan coverage effective on their date of hire. Standard eligibility rules and timelines apply to all other Sysco benefits, including additional healthcare benefits options, retirement benefits, vacation, and paid sick leave. Please visit to view additional benefits information. *Exceptions/exclusions may apply


COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Personal protective equipment and masks provided  

  • Temperature screenings  

  • Social distancing guidelines in place  

  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, and cleaning procedures in place 


Sysco is the global leader in foodservice distribution. With over 57,000 associates and a fleet of over 13,000 vehicles, Sysco operates approximately 326 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 625,000 customer locations.

We offer our associates the opportunity to grow personally and professionally, to contribute to the success of a dynamic organization, and to serve others in a manner that exceeds their expectations. We’re looking for talented, hard-working individuals to join our team. Come grow with us and let us show you why Sysco is at the heart of food and service.


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

This opportunity is available through Sysco Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates.

Client-provided location(s): 1 Liebich Ln, Halfmoon, NY 12065, USA
Job ID: caa30d680d18e37b5f1673e272d8e8bf958085be8995f59300ad36f457063dd0