Produce Buyer and Handler - Cheltenham


Produce Buyer and Handler -Cheltenham

Job Title: Produce Buyer and Handler

Salary: Dependant upon experience

Contract Type: Permanent, Full-time

Contracted hours: 40 hours per week (5 days out of 7)

Working Days: Monday to Friday

Shift Pattern: 8 hour shifts, Days.

Location: Cheltenham

Benefits: View our Employee Benefits leaflet.

About Creed:
Creed is a family business, established in 1972, which is ambitious with it's growth within the industry. We deliver a great range of multi-temperature food products, including our butchery and fresh ranges to caterers across the country from our offices in Cheltenham, Ilkeston & High Wycombe. It's a great place to be and we are proud of our role in supporting our local community. We are dedicated to creating a great place to work, with great people and in 2020 were listed by Sunday Times as one of the top 100 companies to work for, having achieved a “two star” status with best companies. Our people are committed to our values, choose their attitude and focus on the needs of the customer. They work hard and are committed to providing a great service but want to have some fun and development along the way. Our employees often get involved in charity events, attend the company conversations, put forward their ideas for improvement and contribute in the team briefings. Our core business values are being: Commercial, Proud, Friendly and Nurturing.


Role Details:

The role of Produce Buyer and Handler is a varied role which is vital to ensuring the smooth running of our Fresh Produce Warehouse in Ashville Business Park, Staverton. Within this role you will do everything from building relationships with suppliers, planning and purchasing to managing deliveries of goods in, stock in the warehouse and preparing for the nightshift to pick orders for next day delivery. The role will also be very hands on and therefore necessitate the handling of all stock held within the warehouse.

Some responsibilities of the role include: 

Planning and Buying

  • To actively manage a portfolio of suppliers, ensuring adequate stock levels are maintained. This will involve sourcing new suppliers to fill gaps in our current range, to improve our overall quality of product and to achieve improved trading / pricing terms.
  • To monitor and confirm the quality standards of produce within the warehouse to the suppliers and internal customers on a daily basis.
  • To update produce prices on the system as required.

Warehouse and Goods In

  • To ensure that all all stock received is correct and in good condition and that deliveries are accepted in accordance with company policies and procedures.
  • To carry out the accurate replenishment of all pick fixtures and to monitor the condition of all product and ensure that all stock is rotated to maintain good sell by dates to the customer and minimise waste by following company procedures.
  • Adhere to the procedures relating to the proper use and care of equipment, including Powered Pallet Truck’s & Fork Lifts.
  • Follow company protocols and procedures relating to the handling of temperature sensitive products.
  • To comply with all company policies and procedures, specifically surrounding health and safety.
  • Ensure the warehouse is kept clean, tidy and is free of obstacles at all times.

Other responsibilities

  • Take on additional duties and lead the team when required.
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with other employees, managers, and visitor’s e.g delivery drivers.
  • Other duties as required, according to the needs of the business.


The Ideal Candidate:

To be successful in this role you must have a a good knowledge of, and a genuine passion for fresh produce. The ideal candidate will also have a positive ‘can do’ attitude, be highly motivated, keen to learn new skills, not be afraid to get stuck in and have a desire to make a difference.

It is essential that you have the following: 

  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with both internal and external customers - this includes employees, managers, visitors and delivery drivers.
  • Experience and relevant licence or certification to utilise Fork Lifts would be desirable (Counterbalance and/or Reach), but not essential as all training can be provided internally.

It is desirable that you have the following: 

  • Experience as a Warehouse Operative ideally gained in a Foodservice environment.
  • Experience as a planner or buyer ideally gained working with fresh produce.
  • Quality Control Experience.

Apply now if you think you have what it takes to succeed in this varied, hands on role.

To apply for this position, please send your CV and a covering letter to detailing why you are perfect for this role and what value you can add to the business.

At this stage, we will not be accepting agency applications.


We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age, as outlined in our equal opportunities policy.