Strategic Sourcing Manager at Farmer's Fridge

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Farmer’s Fridge is on a mission to make it simple for everyone to eat well. We serve healthy, handcrafted meals and snacks from our growing network of 400+ software-enabled vending machines that we refer to as smart Fridges. We are striving to change the food system from the ground up – one Fridge at a time. 

We are a team that cares -– about the business, the impact our product makes, and each other. We are data-driven, innovative, and quick to move on a good idea. We are looking for people who want to collaborate in an entrepreneurial, inclusive culture and have a passion to succeed.

Farmer’s Fridge is looking for a Sourcing Manager to manage our procurement and sourcing of nutritious, scalable, and sustainable ingredients and packaging. You will grow our ingredient and packaging supply base: aligning with strategic supply partners, monitoring costs, and collaborating cross-functionally in product development and manufacturing of Farmer’s Fridge’s products. 

As a Sourcing Manager, you will….

  • Develop a supplier base that meets our growth, profitability, safety, and sustainability goals 
  • Foster relationships and negotiate agreements with food, packaging, and indirect material vendors across the country
  • Manage the process of bringing in new ingredients and/or packaging for new menu items. This includes discovering ingredients, sourcing samples for testing, obtaining approvals from QFS, and coordinating with our production operations and supply chain teams to ensure the products are scalable in our facility
  • Execute effective risk management, by finding back-up products and suppliers for key ingredients 
  • Work closely with quality and food safety team to ensure suppliers meet all internal and external standards
  • Create and implement decision-making frameworks to determine the best suppliers for our business
  • Monitor supplier performance and identify key performance metrics to measure success and drive continuous improvement of our supplier network. Act as a point of escalation and implement corrective actions as appropriate

What we’re hoping to see in your background...

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent years of experience 
  • 4+ years of work experience in procurement, supplier management or a related environment; experience in food industry is a plus, not a must
  • 3+ years of creating and nurturing relationships with external vendors 
  • Intermediate to Advanced skills within MS Excel/ Google Sheets
  • Experience in the food industry is a plus, not a must
  • Passionate about sustainability and driving change in the food system
  • Excellent client and supplier management skills including relationship building and negotiation

Benefits at Farmer's Fridge

Happier Weekdays - Walking into the office should fill you with joy, not dread. We're a fun and passionate group, and we don't take ourselves too seriously. Bring your unique self to work, dress comfortably, and always feel free to share your thoughts and opinions. We encourage curiosity and inquiry; there's no hierarchy here when we're all swapping ideas around the cold brew tap. 

Never run on empty - Daily Farmer's Fridge meal, Monday bagels, draft cold brew, office snacks, and Friday happy hours are just some of the offerings to make sure you aren't distracted by a growling stomach.

Take a break - Check out what new products Chef is testing in the R&D kitchen, challenge a coworker to a game of Fridgeopoly, rally a spontaneous happy hour at Goose Island down the street, start a heated debate on the best M&M flavor with a poll in Slack, or jump in on a team kickball game!

Innovate & Elevate - We're all teachers and learners. You'll grow, and help grow the company through cross-functional collaboration, open access to leadership, and regular business updates. You have a direct impact on the bottom line. Own it. Literally - with company equity you have the opportunity to share directly in our success. You can also participate in our 401(k) plan that includes a company match with immediate vesting.

 

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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Location

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.

Eden

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.

Caroline

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.

Luke

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!

Sarah

Customer Development Manager

What are Farmer's Fridge Perks + Benefits

Farmer's Fridge Benefits Overview

Benefits at Farmer's Fridge:

In This Together - Our HQ employees are currently working from home, but we stay connected virtually with weekly town hall meetings, social hours, and remote game nights. Our bonus roles as taste testers are also still intact! You can sample what new items we’re cooking up in our test kitchen with our menu team’s no-contact "employee drive-thru".

Happier Weekdays - Each day at work should fill you with joy, not dread. We're a fun and passionate group, and we don't take ourselves too seriously. Bring your unique self to work, dress comfortably, and always feel free to share your thoughts and opinions. We encourage curiosity and inquiry; there's no hierarchy here when we're all swapping ideas.  

Innovate & Elevate - We're all teachers and learners. You'll grow, and help grow the company through cross-functional collaboration, open access to leadership, and regular business updates. You have a direct impact on the company’s bottom line. You can also impact your personal bottom line by participating in our 401(k) plan that includes a company match with immediate vesting.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We love to engage with our community and participate in events that are aligned with our mission
Partners with Nonprofits
Farmer's Fridge partners with local schools, food shelters, and community groups to donate nutritious meals to those who need it most.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Farmer's Fridge's (majority female!) management team is as diverse as our staff, and we are focused on continuous improvement of our DEIB initiatives.
Diversity manifesto
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
We are dedicated to hiring a team that reflects our community and have incorporated best practices and bias training at every step of our hiring process.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Farmer's Fridge employees can contribute up to $2750 annually to their Health Care FSA, up to $5000 to their Dependent Care FSA, and $270 monthly for parking or commuting.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Team workouts
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Farmer's Fridge provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan with immediate vesting. We match 100% of contributions up to 3% of an employee's annual gross pay and an additional 50% up to 5%.
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Farmer's Fridge offers flexible start and end times to allow employees to prioritize family obligations and work-life balance.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Regular team celebrations for company milestones and other special events.
Free Daily Meals
Of course we're our own biggest fans - employees enjoy daily Fridge credits and home delivery subsidies.
Stocked Kitchen
We have snacks and drinks available.
Happy Hours
Parking
Free parking in the city of Chicago. Who knew?!
Recreational Clubs
Our sports leagues fuel teamwork and collaboration with a healthy dose of fun competition.
Professional Development Benefits
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Customized development tracks

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