Herbaceous Buyer

Mariani Landscape
28270 Bradley Rd
Libertyville, IL 60048
United States

Employment Type

Job Description
GROW YOUR CAREER WITH OUR TEAM! Mariani Enterprises, LLC has an opening for a full-time Herbaceous Buyer to work onsite at our Libertyville, Illinois location.


Mariani Enterprises, LLC has built its business across more than 60 years and three generations, establishing itself as the industry leader in residential landscape. Headquartered in Lake Bluff, Illinois, Mariani’s reputation for impeccable design creativity, build excellence and high touch service puts them in their own category. Their work grows out of their mission--to create and maintain unique, quality environments for the benefit of their clients and community. The results include long-standing, multi-generational client relationships, career development opportunities across all disciplines, best of class certifications (ISO 9001) and industry accolades (NALP, ASLA, ILCA, PLN, LUXE RED, etc), and exponential market growth now happening nationwide. Add in Mariani’s exceptional work culture and their growth potential is unsurpassed.


This associate will coordinate all the details with purchasing herbaceous plant material for the entire company.  This associate interacts with the design team, greenhouse staff, construction staff, and administrative support on a regular basis and other departments throughout the company.  


The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Follow company policies, procedures, and work standards.
  • Purchase highest quality herbaceous plant material available, while negotiating the best price of plant material.
  • Follow the purchasing process (i.e. using agreements, dissemination of information to departments and production, etc.).
  • Order and receive all herbaceous plant material to meet the needs of the Construction and Maintenance Departments.
  • Record and promote inventory of available returned material.
  • Organize herbaceous plant material into job groups.
  • Oversee and participate in loading and unloading of herbaceous plant materials.
  • Work closely with the Grower on internal herbaceous plant material.
  • Work with Project Directors, Designers, and Client Representatives to review and discuss inventory report.
  • Informs Project Directors, Designers, and Client Representatives of relevant issues regarding securing specific plant material.
  • Participate in vendor trips to locate appropriate and needed herbaceous plant material.
  • Recommend and advise Materials Manager of herbaceous plant material inventory.
  • Identify new vendors for future purchases.
  • Communicate any status or internal issues and/or concerns to the Materials Manager in a timely manner.
  • Approve herbaceous plant material invoices in a timely manner.
  • Works independently and within a team on special and nonrecurring, as well as ongoing projects.
  • Consistently evaluates work and determine if further steps are needed to meet internal and external client expectations.
  • Participate in weekly departmental and training meetings.
  • Complete appropriate paperwork in a timely manner and ensure accuracy of all paperwork, including, time-off requests, and other necessary information.
  • Arrive for each work day on time and prepared.


  • Participate in and contribute to Mariani initiatives.
  • Assist in the orientation/training of new Team Members.
  • Maintains effective documentation for all purchasing procedures.
  • Assist in diagnosing plant problems on site.
  • Assist other team members in the performance of their assignments.
  • Recommend process improvements and areas to improve our service offerings to clients.
  • Participate in other department and business functions as needed (i.e. the snow removal process in emergencies, holiday retail, administrative support, etc.).
  • Other duties as assigned.


  •   Bachelor's Degree

Job Requirements

A Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture, or other relevant field required.
At least 2 years professional experience required, preferably in an herbaceous plant buyer position.
Demonstrate advanced knowledge of landscape terminology and plant materials.
Ability to work in a team environment, including taking direction and constructive feedback from team members, as well as providing feedback to other team members.
Minimize non-productive time and fill slow periods with activities that will enable you to prepare to meet the future needs of internal and external clients.
Demonstrate strong communication skills, both verbal and written, with Mariani associates and vendors on a consistent basis.
Ability to deliver quality results under tight deadlines.
Demonstrate working knowledge of general computer functions and Microsoft Office programs.
Demonstrate accountability for plants being delivered on schedule.
Demonstrate flexibility to perform duties wherever volume deems it necessary.
Ability to navigate and use, with success and accuracy, the company production software (ASSET).

Work requires intermittent physical activity including standing, reaching, walking, and periods of sitting. Work requires travel both in and out of state to various nurseries, and driving a car to various vendor locations. Responsibilities may require evening and weekend work in response to client needs and deadlines.


401(k) plan with company match
PPO & HMO health insurance options
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Long-Term Disability and Life Insurance
Paid time Off
7 paid Holidays per year including discretionary year end holiday shut-down
Tuition Reimbursement (after one year of service)
For more information about Mariani, please visit our website at www.marianilandscape.com.

Mariani is an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.