Purchasing Specialist

| Chicago

About us:

Farmer’s Fridge started with an idea in Chicago: make fresh, healthy food as accessible as a candy bar. Our handcrafted meals are delivered daily to over 250 smart fridges and can be conveniently purchased with a credit card or using our app. This is only possible because of our team of people: techies, logistical geniuses, folks who lovingly curate the food among many others.

Our people are friendly and are gifted with grit and passion. That’s exemplified in our work environment where things are always shifting. Forget open-door policies; we have an open layout where you can hear and see everything that’s going on.

And just like our open layout, we value an open mind, dedication to work, and a collaborative spirit. We hire based on those characteristics, our business’ needs, and your qualifications. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind — in the hiring process or in the workplace.

Check out our BuiltIn Chicago page to see what it’s like to work here: https://www.builtinchicago.org/company/farmers-fridge

About the Purchasing Specialist job:

As a Purchasing Specialist, you’ll be responsible to ensure we consistently have the inputs needed to produce our amazing food. On a daily basis, you will manage orders, deliveries and supplier relationships. You will work to guarantee we buy the best quality ingredients at the best prices. This is a team project; you’ll collaborate with the sourcing, production, warehouse and inventory teams to monitor deliveries, confirm inventory levels, and determine what makes sense to buy in bulk.

Your job will include placing daily and weekly orders for ingredients and supplies to ensure our production operations and facility run smoothly. Just a few of the initiatives you will work on include: continuing to strengthen our supplier relationships, managing daily deliveries of products, supporting contract negotiations with vendors, reviewing ingredient and supply quality and tracking delivery times to ensure compliance. You will also help build a scorecard to evaluate their performance.


  • Oversee the daily purchasing needs for the facility including ingredients, production and facility supplies.
  • Discover and execute weekly savings opportunities by comparing prices among our pre-approved suppliers for commodity items like produce for the best price.
  • Collaborate with Sourcing and Warehouse teams to optimize purchasing to achieve cost savings through initiatives such as volume buying.
  • Develop a price tracker to record historical prices and to demonstrate the cost savings you are achieving in comparison with the market.
  • Participate in contract negotiation and produce buying strategy.

Inventory Monitoring

  • Monitor inventory levels to avoid stock outs and/or overages of product.
  • Maintain detailed records of purchases and communicate to warehouse team through use of receiving log.
  • Manage inventory new menu item discontinuations or launches.

Supplier Management

  • Strengthen existing supplier relationships, manage their day-to-day performance and circle back to ensure that our partners follow up on our expectations.
  • Streamline the supplier performance review process by maintaining records of KPIs and owning data reporting for important metrics
  • Forecast demand levels and communicate with suppliers to ensure their inventories of our products are aligned with our growth projections to avoid stock-outs

Necessary knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Experience in the food industry is preferred
  • Purchasing experience preferred
  • Data analysis skills preferred

Personal characteristics:

  • Detail Oriented. You understand that a good treasure hunt involves keeping track of where you’ve already been, checking back for changes, and noting your finds.
  • Time Management. You know you need a whole shopping cart of food so don’t allow a single ingredient to absorb all of your time.
  • Judgement. You know a good deal when you see one and can make game-time decisions.
  • Relationship Building. You can be friends with anyone and those friendships pay off in dollars saved!
  • Communication. You listen and understand production needs and communicate those needs to the sellers.
  • Adaptable. The ability to operate in ambiguous situations and be flexible as the organization changes and grows.


  • Traditional Benefits. Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability.
  • 10 paid floating holidays.
  • Generous paid time off policy.
  • Daily Fridge Credits. You can enjoy these flat rate credits at any Fridge.
  • Monthly cell phone credit.
  • Professional development opportunities.
  • Sports Leagues. Fueling teamwork and collaboration with a healthy dose of fun competition.
  • Regular team celebrations for company milestones and other special events.

Farmer’s Fridge is an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

View our disclosures related to External Agencies and Applicants below: https://www.farmersfridge.com/careerdisclosures

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Located in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor, we’re at the epicenter of the startup community. Find coffee shops, breweries, and inspiration all around.

An Insider's view of Farmer's Fridge

What are some social events your company does?

Working at a start-up can be a roller coaster, so we do our best to balance work & play. We have regular get-togethers including happy hours, mixers, and impromptu outings to celebrate the wins at the many restaurants & breweries in the area. We also throw a mean party, are 2018 kickball league champions and have yoga classes in the office monthly.


Revenue & Sustainability Manager

What does your typical day look like?

Given the fast-paced environment at the Fridge, things change so quickly around here. Each day comes with new projects and priorities - and no two days look the same. From meetings and calls to strategizing with the team, and travel, in the two years I've been here, it's safe to say that each day is different.

Syed Shah

Head of Expansion

What makes someone successful on your team?

In a space dominated by big food players, we are building something truly innovative, and the response from the community reaffirms that we're on our way to helping people live healthier, happier lives. Challenges are met with optimism and passion instead of deep sighs and frustration, and the team really bands together to achieve shared goals.


Director of Operations Systems

What is your vision for the company?

Farmer's Fridge aims to make fresh, healthy food as accessible as a candy bar. We are on a mission to improve public health through better access to delicious, nutritious food.


Founder & CEO

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

I love coming to a place where my coworkers are supportive of my trials as a working Mom. Where time is made for quiet, uninterrupted work with weekly clarity breaks. Where we are fully supported in our projects. I get to bring all of myself to work, the Mom, the food lover, and the runner—and feel like each part is appreciated and celebrated!


Customer Development Manager

What are Farmer's Fridge Perks + Benefits

Farmer's Fridge Benefits Overview

Let’s talk perks. Because keeping you healthy and happy is what we’re all about.

We offer:
Traditional Benefits -- Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Short Term Disability, LTD

10 paid holidays

Generous PTO policy (Did somebody say vacay?!)

Daily Fridge Credits (Yep—Lunch is on us! Free snacks, too!)

Monthly cell phone credit

Spontaneous company events and community service activities (kickball, yoga, and yes—even the occasional bonsai tree taming tutorial can be expected!)

Opportunity to work with a phenomenal team of individuals that are constantly pushing the market boundaries to offer delicious, nutritious food at the utmost convenience.

Volunteer in local community
We love to engage with our community and participate in events that are aligned with our mission
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Regular team celebrations for company milestones and other special events.
Free Daily Meals
Daily Fridge credits!
Stocked Kitchen
We have snacks and drinks available.
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Our sports leagues fuel teamwork and collaboration with a healthy dose of fun competition.

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