Open Position - Alcohol Buyer

About Luke’s Local

Luke's Local is an independently-owned grocery business that provides food from local family farms, butchers, ranchers, and food makers. Luke's sincerely sources great food made with integrity, and is passionate about making grocery shopping an inspiring experience for Bay Area communities. We operate a bustling brick and mortar market on Cole and Parnassus in the heart of Cole Valley, and a second market in Cow Hollow that opened in November of 2020! Luke’s offers a same-day grocery delivery and pick up service from both locations. As a company, we are constantly striving to create an environment that fosters equity, inclusion, and nourishment for our customers and team members alike. Our hope is to make it possible for anyone to bring the spirit of discovery, creativity, and joy into their kitchens. We hope you’ll join us.

About the Job

As the Alcohol Buyer, you are responsible for buying for multiple locations, ensuring the accuracy of product data, healthy and lasting relationships with our partners, and an authentic product selection at each of our store locations. Collaborate with the Buying & Merchandising Manager and your team to ensure a thoughtful cohesion between our brand and stores.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Control the accuracy of all of your departments inventory to meet and exceed key company metrics
  • Perform regular department audits and oversee product compliance (taxes, CRV, price tag accuracy and the alcohol board laws)
  • Adhere to guidelines for receiving, inventory management, and ordering to ensure daily accuracy of data
  • Oversee the collection and accuracy of your departments EOM inventory for all locations
  • Manage accurate waste reporting within your department following company standards
  • Manage multiple establishments inventory and physical workflows


  • Foster a healthy and supportive relationship with core vendors
  • Continuously strive for the best pricing to improve gross margin and remain competitive
  • Collaborate with your reps to bring in new products and identify market trends
  • Set up monthly promotions to highlight seasonal products and to help remain competitive with other everyday grocery stores
  • Ensure all locations’ merchandised displays are designed and set up according to our aesthetic and company brand guidelines
  • Maximizes sales potential through effective and proper procedures for prepping, storing, rotating, stocking, and merchandising products
  • Ensure products are routinely FIFOd and that employees are adhering to local food handling regulations as it relates to temperature control, dating, and storage per you departments
  • Collaborate with the Buying & Merchandising Manager  to constantly iterate and improve systems to allow for best in class receiving workflows
  • Oversee department checklists and protocols on a daily basis
  • Adhere to buying team systems to minimize the percentage of out-of-stocks
  • Always seek to improve the customer’s experience on the floor (signage, rearranging product sets, featured products, items of the month, etc)
  • Organize in store tastings for customers and staff education


  • Buying for multiple locations based on inventory, customer requests, and location specific product sets and aesthetics
  • Source authentic, thoughtful, sustainable and ethically produced/sourced products that are within our brand
  • Monthly checks of movement reports to identify slow vs fast movers
  • Proactively buying holiday products before the holiday seasons
  • Constantly focus on increasing the authenticity of the product and vendor selection
  • Responsible for category management for multiple classes and sub-classes within your departments
  • Have tasting meetings with reps on a regular scheduled basis


  • Daily review of your departments pace
  • Weekly review of actual vs. goal metrics (revenue, gross margin, inventory accuracy, waste)
  • Ensuring every vendor delivery has an invoice and PO to match


  • Run weekly meetings with your team to go over numbers, any concerns, building a cohesive team and a great company culture
  • Develop training guides for floor staff and stocking teams
    • Product guides
      • Placement/stocking/description
      • On-boarding guides


  • Organization
  • Strong communicator
  • Familiarity and comfort with Excel and/or Google Sheets
  • High standard of cleanliness
  • Excellent customer service 
  • Friendly, team-player
  • Good work ethic

Work environment

  • Office and sales floor of retail grocery stores


Physical demands

  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs
  • Must be able to spend 4-8 hours per day on your feet


Required education and experience

  •  At least 1 year of supervisory experience


Preferred education and experience

  • Purchasing wine, beer, or spirits
  • Retail alcohol management


Other duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 


FLSA Classification

Non Exempt-Hourly 


Pay Range



Reports to

Buying & Merchandising Manager



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