Perishable Sourcing Manager

Food Bank
Perishable Sourcing Manager

The Perishable Sourcing Manager will assist the Houston Food Bank in our goals of being a “fresh forward” organization by ensuring HFB has a stable supply of donated perishable foods. This person will be responsible for building and managing relationships with local product donors specializing in (but not limited to) dairy, meat, grains, and bread to secure zero-cost donations. The Perishable Sourcing Manager will be expected to be a creative team player, who can both incorporate the existing HFB Stewardship model and offer insights, suggestions, and improvements. This person will be responsible for managing various grants designed to create more equitable local food systems & support locally disadvantaged producers. This is a remote-office position, with regular local travel (within surrounding counties), and occasional in-person meetings required.

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Adhere to PACT values. (Purpose: Using our strengths passionately to contribute to our mission. Accountability: Choosing to rise above one’s circumstances and demonstrating ownership to achieve results. See It. Own It. Solve It. Do It. Courage: Standing up for what’s right and acting. Transparency: Doing things openly and honestly.)
Secure perishable food donations in alignment with monthly goals/needs.
Assist internally in the education and movement of fresh/perishable foods.
Serve as Subject Matter Expert on supply chain of perishable products.
Assist in forecasting food supply on a regular basis.
Quick pivoting to manage competing priorities and new “emergencies”.
Manage relationships with HFB grant recipient partners, ensuring they meet the deliverables of various Feeding America and Federal Grants supporting disadvantaged producers.
Own all required reporting and data tracking for grants designed to support disadvantaged producers.
Develop and implement strategic resourcing tactics to meet food solicitation goals; helps the team develop an annual strategic plan and prioritize solicitation efforts accordingly.
Identify and recruit new donors within the industry from our service area; maintain relationships through donor relations program.
Ability/willingness to participate in events outside the workday schedule/respond to emergencies by working beyond the workday schedule. Ability to travel as necessary.
Thoroughly understand the Houston Food Bank, its mission and policies, culture, values, history, key stakeholders, and programs.
Organize and manage multiple projects, setting priorities, and working independently under aggressive timelines with strong attention to accuracy and detail.
Provide technical assistance to food bank staff and our partner agencies when needed.
Collect, analyze, and report data on items within the industry and sourcing activities.


Application qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required, or higher degree preferred
3+ years’ experience in perishable food logistics, non-profit, food banking, or sales required

Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations:
ServSafe Manager Certification preferred, will be required to complete certification within 6 months of hire
Must have a valid driver’s license and functional vehicle

Special Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:
Bilingual strongly preferred
Must have experience with managing, handling, shipping, and/or storing perishable foods
Desire/ability to innovate and provide creative solutions
Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, Salesforce, Asana, SharePoint
Excellent written and verbal communication skills (both in person, via telephone, and by email communication)
Ability to represent the Food Bank professionally under a variety of conditions
Demonstrated ability to manage time efficiently and to work independently with minimum supervision while utilizing good judgment and discretion
Must be able to lift 50 pounds

Carries out responsibilities in accordance with HFB policies.

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability needed. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. (For best performance, the jobholder in this position would be expected to show the right knowledge, skills, and abilities in the listed areas.)

Business Insight
Instills Trust
Drives Engagement
Optimizes Work Processes
Directs Work
Manages Ambiguity
Communicates Effectively
Organizational Savvy
Decision Quality
Manages Conflict
Presentation Skills


Core Benefits:
Disability Insurance
Life Insurance
Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
Direct Deposit and Credit Union Access

Time-Off Benefits:
PTO (Paid Time Off) Days
Leave of Absence (including Military Leave)
Jury Duty
Bereavement Days

Work/Life Benefits:
Employee Assistance Program
Tuition Reimbursement Program

This information offers only a brief overview of the benefit plans available to Houston Food Bank associates. A description of the benefit provisions, conditions, and limitations are provided to associates in the Benefits Summary book. Plans having these programs and features also have exclusions, limitations, reductions of benefits, and terms under which the plans and policies may be continued in force or discontinued. In the event of a conflict between this Web site and the plan documents or policies, the plan documents or policies will govern. The Company has the right to amend or terminate these benefits at any time.

How to apply

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About the organization

For 40 years, the Houston Food Bank has provided support for millions of neighbors. We have grown from distributing one million pounds of food our first year to providing access to 150 million nutritious meals annually thanks to our hard-working staff and supportive community.

The Houston Food Bank is looking for talented associates who want to be a part of our mission: food for better lives. We believe working to deliver goods and services can be remarkably rewarding; make a difference today.

Additional information

*Is legally able to work in the United States.

The foregoing statements describe the general purpose and essential job functions required for this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, working conditions, qualifications, and skills that may be required.

Houston Food Bank (HFB) is an equal employment opportunity employer. We consider individuals for employment or promotion according to their skills, abilities, and experience. We believe that it is an essential part of the Company's overall commitment to attract, hire and develop a strong, talented, and diverse workforce. HFB is committed to complying with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religious creed, age, national origin, ancestry, physical, mental or developmental disability, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related to pregnancy), veteran status, military status, marital or registered domestic partnership status, medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics), genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, as well as any other category protected by federal, state or local laws.