Food Purchasing Manager

New Jersey
Food Purchasing Manager

We are looking for a Food Purchasing Manager to manage, coordinate, and execute food purchasing, vendor payments, tracking, and product code maintenance. This person will develop a purchasing strategy for a multitude of state and private CFBNJ programs. This includes managing a purchasing budget more than $40mm+ annually. The successful candidate will be responsible for being the liaison with New Jersey food banks on collaborative commodity purchases.

Opportunity type
Warehouse / Supply Chain / Drivers
Job responsibilities

Developing and managing the execution for purchasing commodities and program-specific items
Managing all vendors to ensure metrics are being met
Ensuring item mix is broad and aligned across all programs when possible
Monitoring delivery schedules to ensure purchase items do not conflict/overlap
Coordinating with internal departments to align inventory, obtain the necessary quality standards and nutritional needs for each product, and troubleshoot delivery/receiving
Collecting, maintaining, and analyzing relevant data
Overseeing collaborative purchasing program inclusive of 5 state food banks by leveraging best practice to ensure competitive pricing, quality of items, and product assortment
Supporting other staff and process donation orders as needed

Application qualifications

Minimum of 5 years of Food Category Management experience
Minimum of 5 years procurement experience in both perishable and non-perishable foods
Strong demonstrated oral and written communication skills; ability to present information
Nutrition and food safety knowledge desirable
Proven track record of successfully working in highly collaborative and matrixed organizational environments
ServSafe® training or the willingness to obtain certification; HACCP and AIB experience a plus
Reliable form of transportation and valid driver’s license as some local travel is required
Demonstrated knowledge of trends and best practices in the food procurement function
Strong negotiation skills
Experience in establishing and executing sound business practices including planning and analysis
Bachelor’s Degree required


competitive pay, medical, dental, vision, 401k, paid life insurance, holiday pay, and paid vacation and sick time

About the organization

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey provides food for people in need while striving to end hunger in our state. While food distribution is central to our mission, we also deploy several important programs aimed at addressing the root causes of hunger for people of all ages and backgrounds.