Food Procurement Manager

Food Bank
Food Procurement Manager

The Food Procurement Manager is responsible for leading all strategic and tactical food purchasing efforts for Food Lifeline. The manager will be a supply chain and logistics expert specializing in implementing cost-effective purchases, ensuring quality control, adhering to the company’s policies and procedures on supply chain management and guaranteeing procurement compliance on all programs/grants involving food purchasing.

End date
Opportunity type
Programs / Agency Relations / Clients
Job responsibilities

Who You Are:

An individual who cares deeply about people experiencing hunger and holds them in the center of all you do. You understand that our work in and with the community is at the heart of our mission to end hunger. You are a food purchasing/procurement specialist representing Food Lifeline’s interests and expectations to our network and community. You are a master collaborator and tactician who will coordinate with other departments to maintain internal and external services.

Essential Functions:
- Develop food purchasing strategies that are creative, cost effective, and meet the demand.
- Identify and engage reliable suppliers and vendors and screen them with Food Lifeline equity filter.
- Negotiate with suppliers and vendors to secure advantageous terms.
- Review existing vendors/suppliers’ contracts to ensure on-going feasibility.
- Build and maintain long-term relationships with vendors and suppliers.
- Approve purchase orders and organize and confirm delivery of goods.
- Perform risk assessment on potential contracts and agreements and recommend and implement appropriate risk mitigation strategies.
- Control the procurement budget for each program and promote a culture of long-term savings on procurement costs.
- Review program contracts to understand procurement requirements, goals, and expectations and develop necessary monitoring controls to ensure compliance, achieve goals and meet expectations.
- Use the inventory database and reporting tools to track inventory levels of purchased products, reorder, and adjust inventory as necessary to maintain desired volume and variety.
- Establish and maintain an available standard inventory of purchase items based on research completed with agencies and Feeding America affiliates.
- Develop and maintain comprehensive documentation of procedures for all of Food Lifeline’s food procurement activities.
- Collaborate with Food Resources team, Operations staff, Agency Relations, Programs teams, and Inventory Management to ensure movement of product and accuracy of inventory.
- Establish a working knowledge of sources, quality, costs, demand, and associated labor for potential purchase products.

Application qualifications

Education and/or Experience:
• Minimum 6 years’ experience in procurement, 4 years of food-specific purchasing highly preferred.
• Demonstrated professional experience must include responsibilities for understanding, preparing, and reviewing procurement/purchasing contract, invoicing, and negotiating terms.
• Demonstrated professional experience must include data modeling and analysis, and forecasting and planning
• Demonstrated professional experience managing supply chain operations.
• Must have a demonstrated understanding of the intersections between hunger, poverty, racial inequity, and social injustice. Must have awareness of the issues faced by community members experiencing poverty or facing food insecurity.
• Must have a demonstrated commitment to workplace safety and food safety and conduct self and team in a manner that is consistent with Food Lifeline's Food Safety Program and local food safety regulations.
• Must have Washington State Food Handler’s permit and


Medical, Dental, and Vision are 100% paid for by Food Lifeline.
Sick Leave
Paid Parental Leave
Paid Sabbatical Leave
12 Paid Holidays Yearly
Life Insurance
Short/Long Term Insurance
Phone Stipend

How to apply

Ready to join Food Lifeline? Apply now!

To join our team as our Food Procurement Manager, please read the full job description and qualifications and apply online. Complete applications must include a resume and cover letter; this posting will remain open until filled.

About the organization

Who We Are:
Food Lifeline is a Seattle-based nonprofit working to feed people experiencing while working to end hunger for tomorrow. We source and procure over 50M lbs. of food each year from farmers, manufacturers, and retailers, which is then sorted and repacked, warehoused, and shipped at our Hunger Solution Center (located within the South Park neighborhood) by a team of talented warehousing professionals and over 17K volunteers each year. Food Lifeline provides this food to more than 300 food pantries, shelters, and meal programs across Western Washington. This work, combined with our advocacy, policy, and community partnerships, creates a sustainable approach to ending hunger in our region.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and seek to bring our values of diversity and inclusion to our hiring process. Beyond our commitment to non-discrimination, we encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our organization and who have lived experience of inequity.

Additional information

Secondary Functions:
• Perform ad-hoc data analysis and tasks to support other departmental needs as required.
• Support general department functions to fill gaps as needed.
• Collaborate with colleagues on cross-team process improvement initiatives
• Act as a strategic advisor and food purchasing subject matter expert on growth initiatives
• Provides necessary support on potential new program proposals
• Attends meetings with other departments and external partners as needed.
• Other duties as assigned.

Job Scope
• Moderate level of work complexity.
• Performs work under minimal-moderate supervision.
• Operates from established and well-known procedures.
• Decisions are made within prescribed operating guidelines and procedures.
• Budgetary accountability: Monitors purchasing expenditures against budgets and makes recommendations regarding the timing of expenses.
• Responsibility for planning: Informally contributes to operational planning for the department.
• Has regular and recurring work situations.

Supervisory Responsibility:
This position supervises one direct report.