Vice-President - Food Acquisition

    • Job Tracking ID: 512213-717097
    • Job Location: Boston, MA
    • Job Level: Executive
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: April 16, 2020
    • Years of Experience: 10 - 15 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

PURPOSE: To lead all aspects of the Greater Boston Food Bank’s Food Acquisition program while meeting annual acquisition, inventory, distribution metrics and client needs.


  • Oversee and manage all the food sourcing and procurement activities across all material cost types. Lead, manage, develop and mentor a team of seven.
  • Using the organization’s strategic plan, work with Senior Vice President to develop long term food procurement and logistics strategies to advance our three meals a day and hunger free objectives and achieve GBFB’s goal of ending hunger.
  • Responsible for goal setting, organizational department structure and talent management for the food acquisition group. Insure clear communication and review objectives and goals routinely for Food Acquisition team.
  • Oversee the annual work planning process and department budget for food acquisition.
  • Provide leadership in routine analysis and communication of acquisition status; programs; trends (in retail and commodities markets); best practices and other key indicators of food acquisition, storage and material handling.
  • Oversee and manage all facets of the budgeted food spend including capital expenditures, including the $20+M for MEFAP, and $8.5+M for product purchasing and the TEFAP Entitlement, Bonus and Trade Offerings from the USDA.
  • Oversee the management of all vendors including product cost and freight cost. Oversee all donations to the Greater Boston Food Bank and when necessary all Feeding America regional food banks.
  • Produce and manage routine reports as required by Management, Feeding America, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and/or USDA.
  • Collaborate with the entire Warehouse/Transportation, Operations, IT, Finance, and Distribution Services teams.
  • Logistics oversight for purchasing, inbound, food handling and warehouse capacity.
  • Ensure excellent relationship management with food manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers deepening their relationships and involvement with GBFB.
  • Provide leadership and direction to team soliciting Enabling opportunities, local and national food donations, food drives, as well as other programs developed to expand GBFB’s ability to obtain quality product while reducing operating costs.
  • Lead the department in its close collaboration with Distribution Services to best plan logistics with food partners including fast turnaround of short coded products; high customer service levels for retail relationships and exceptional safe food handling practices.
  • Routinely review food offerings assuring that products acquired are those desired by member agencies and direct distribution programs.
  • Contribute to Revenue goals by ‘fundraising’ through respective food donors/partners.
  • Manage the activity of the Food Industry Council.
  • Ensure that Standard Operating Procedures are written and accurate.
  • Responsible for all IT systems integration.
  • Lead or support special projects and other duties as assigned by Senior Leadership.
  • Back up for the warehouse/logistics senior director.
  • Maintain active communication with regional food banks, Feeding America and relevant State and Federal government agencies regarding issues of food acquisition, nutritional requirements, logistics, safety, recalls and compliance.
  • Represent GBFB at selected public forums and meetings.






Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; MBA highly desirable.
  • Experience in establishing and executing sound business practices and metrics including planning and analysis.
  • 10+ years’ food industry experience preferably in food sales, logistics or food procurement.
  • Demonstrated success in relationship building and management
  • Highly organized with ability to successfully multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Experience in public speaking and presentation.
  • Proven track record of successfully working in highly collaborative and matrixed organizational environments.
  • Experience in handling complex budgets, food procurement and master purchase orders.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills including coaching, mentoring, team building, collaboration, and conflict management.
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Project Management Experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated excellence in written and oral communications skills.
  • Demonstrated examples of strategic thinking and impact as well as analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong computer skills in a Microsoft Office environment.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.
  • ServSafe® training or the willingness to obtain certification. HAACP and AIB experience is a plus.
  • A commitment to ending domestic hunger.