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Food Procurement Manager

About Food Banks Canada

Food Banks Canada supports and works with a network of over 3,000 food-related organizations in every province and territory to find innovative solutions for local communities on the issue of food insecurity. Every month, this unique network sees 1.1 million visits. We work together to share over 200 million pounds of safe quality food annually, provide social programs that help to foster self-sufficiency, and advocate for policy change that will help create a Canada where no one goes hungry. Visit www.foodbankscanada.ca for more information.

Role and Purpose

As a key Food Banks Canada team member, the Food Procurement Manager, will work closely with industry, and collaboratively with stakeholders and the food bank network, to increase the quality and quantity of nutritious food to be shared with the network. A strong knowledge of the agri-food sector, donor stewardship practices and cross-level collaboration will be critical to the success of this role.

Responsibilities

Food Procurement (40%)
  • Manage the day-to-day activities of food acquisition that includes:
    • Proactively increase high quality/value food donations for the food bank network through trend analysis, prospecting and partnership cultivation within the agri-food industry. Donors may include commodity groups, manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, famers, etc.
    • Work as part of the procurement team supporting key food and logistics donors for both organic growth and stewardship to meet annual goals
    • Working collaboratively with programs, communications and fund teams, to coordinate internal/external communication and joint proposals for solicitation meetings with donors
    • Managing timelines and budgets including providing up-to-date reporting and analytics of food acquisition and distribution
Group Purchasing Program (GPP) Management (40%)
  • Manage the day-to-day activities of the Group Purchasing Program that includes:
    • Working directly with the food bank network to onboard organizations and provide consultative services to ensure the program is being optimized
    • Develop and manage program communication and marketing to drive program participation
    • Negotiating with new and existing vendor partners to ensure the program continues to offer value to the food bank network
    • Management of the GPP intranet portal on Ignite
    • Maintaining up-to-date GPP reporting and analytics
After The Bell Program (ATB) Project Team Support (10%)
  • Act as the supply chain lead and manage all food and operational supply purchases and/or donations to support Food Banks Canada’s annual “After The Bell” corporate activation event
  • Work with corporate partners to add value/reduce costs for the event day logistics (ie: packing process, shipping, product storage, etc.)
Other (10%)
  • Management of Food Donor Recognition Program in partnership with the Partnerships Team
  • Leads the Food Team’s work for annual Impact Reporting
  • Leads the Food Team monthly budgeting, expense tracking and forecasting reporting
  • Other duties as assigned
This job description is provided to capture the primary components of this role. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list. An individual may be required to perform other tasks which may not be listed but are consistent with the general intent of this role.

From time to time, Food Banks Canada may make changes to this job description. Reasons for such changes include, but are not limited to, changes in business processes and practices, technology changes, legal requirements, network feedback, or changes to organization structure and reporting relationships.

Qualifications and Key Attributes

  • At least 5+ years of fundraising and/or sales experience, with a track record of successful results and the proven ability to build and maintain donor / industry relationships
  • Ability to research, identify and able to cold call new and existing donors in the agri-food industry and track progress against goals
  • “Hunter” mentality, and tenacious attitude
  • Skilled at creating and executing prospecting strategies for unearthing new sources of donations/revenue/food purchases
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to effectively network and build relationships quickly, in order to establish and maintain a steady stream of food donations
  • Driven leader who is results oriented, self-motivated by success and demonstrates ability to meet and exceed goals with minimal direction
  • Excellent listener with the ability to probe deeply in order to uncover and overcome objections and obstacles
  • Sound judgment and problem solving skills to create win-win solutions
  • Demonstrated initiative and action oriented, with a strong sense of urgency
  • Able to prioritize, effectively manage time and budgets
  • Strong desire to provide excellent customer service with consistent follow-through and attention to detail
  • Knowledge of food manufacturing operations would be an asset
  • Highly energetic and enthusiastic, with the desire to learn and grow
  • High level of professionalism and integrity; you will be a strong brand ambassador, acting as the face of Food Banks Canada
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills including team building, ability to collaborate with a multitude of stakeholders and conflict management
  • Commitment to the mission of Food Banks Canada

We Require You to Have

  • Post-secondary education and/or equivalent industry experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with full command of the English language
  • Strong computer skills with proficiency in MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook) and experience with sales/CRM systems
  • Must have good operating car for travel and a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record

Time Requirements

This position is a full-time position. It has flexible hours as the nature of the work and the time zone differences must be taken into consideration when determining hours of work. It is understood that all team members are often required to work irregular hours to ensure that the objectives of the organization are being met. This includes the potential for some evenings and weekends.

Training and Orientation

Orientation for this position will be provided to ensure understanding of the role, access to information required to perform the responsibilities.

Compensation

This position is a full-time position. Compensation will be determined by the job class, and the candidate’s experience and capabilities brought to the position. Travel and related expenses will be covered as per Food Banks Canada policy.

Agreements

The Food Procurement Manager is required to sign Confidentiality and Intellectual Property and Non-Solicitation and Conflict of Interest Agreements.

Accountability

The Food Procurement Manager reports to the Director, National Food Sharing and works closely with other program and partnership colleagues.

Visit www.foodbankscanada.ca for more information about our organization.

Food Banks Canada is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusive, barrier free recruitment and selection processes. If contacted for an employment opportunity, please advise if you require accommodation.

We thank all those who apply but only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

Interested candidates, please contact Summit Search Group before June 30, 2019.

Grainne Walsh, Managing Partner
Summit Search Group
walsh@summitsearchgroup.com

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