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Intervale Food Hub Purchasing and Quality Assurance Manager (Intervale Center)

Organization Intervale Center
Location 180 Intervale Road
Burlington, VT 05401

Summary of Position:

The Intervale Center seeks a dynamic, mission-driven full-time Food Hub Purchasing and Quality Assurance Manager to join our team in Burlington, Vermont. For 30 years, the Intervale Center has led a community food revolution that sustains farms, land and people. We have pioneered farm and food innovations like Community Supported Agriculture, commercial composting, riparian restoration, farm business incubation, gleaning and food hub development.

The Intervale Food Hub Purchasing and Quality Assurance Manager will manage the procurement and sourcing strategy, negotiate contracts, purchase products, onboard new suppliers, oversee our relationships with suppliers, and lead our quality assurance team, in support of the Intervale Food Hub, a local foods retail business that sells a range of products directly to individuals and families in the greater Burlington area. This full-time position (32 hours/week) reports to the Food Hub Director and is an important part of the business’s operations team.

Roles and Responsibilities:

·         Manages procurement and sourcing strategy, including contract and negotiation decisions, to improve quality, profitability and vendor relations

    • Negotiates product contracts with growers based on quality parameters
    • Creates custom market/sourcing reports for distribution internally
    • Reports to team about grower fields and monitors progress of upcoming crops and potential shortages/overages
    • Effectively communicates with suppliers to ensure timely deliveries, excellent product quality, continuous improvement and improving lead times
    • Facilitates the development of new suppliers to help them reach the level of excellence required by Food Hub standards
    • Evaluates and selects suppliers based on their ability to supply product in accordance with the IFH’s requirements, such as quality, contract compliance, and accuracy
    • Works with other parts of the Food Hub to determine volume needs or consumer preference
    • Places orders, creates PO's and does all required follow up until product is successfully received
    • Receives and spot-checks the quality of incoming product
    • Works with suppliers on delivery problems, shortages and product returns
    • Develops and maintains good, positive working relationships with suppliers, brokers, agents, sales contacts and/or importers
    • Works with accounting on PO/invoice discrepancies
    • Creates and maintains crop plan and adjusts as needed after the end of each season, with necessary follow-through on price changes and allowances 
    • Acts as the Food Hub expert on matters related to product quality, market trends and the science of perishable inventory management
  • Leads the Intervale Center Food Safety Team
    • Maintains IFH Food Safety and Quality Management Plan including HACCP and Food Defense Plan
    • Ensures that all standard operating procedures comply with all current federal, state and local regulations, and meet best practices for safety, efficiency and sustainability. Propose and implement changes as necessary
    • Maintains all licenses and certifications
    • Conducts monthly internal audits and report to the Operations team
    • Acts as liaison to inspectors and 3rd party auditors
    • Leads IFH Product Recall Team in quarterly mock recall exercises    
  • Works with Food Hub team on strategic planning and overall business development
  • Attends Intervale Center staff meetings and special events as necessary
  • Contributes to a highly productive, collaborative and clean work environment
  • Acts as an ambassador for the entire organization, promote philanthropy, and engage in relationship building in support of Development
  • All other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

We are seeking a highly qualified local foods buyer. An ideal candidate will bring:

  • Significant, demonstrated experience in product buying and handling required, farming experience preferred
  • A minimum of 2 years procurement experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of produce quality standards
  • Strong organization, communication and time management skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Positive attitude, patience, creativity and a great sense of humor
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Valid VT driver’s license with clean driving record

Intervale Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and three references to by November 12th.  Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes limited wellness benefits. Position is based in Burlington with opportunity to work remotely.

Date Posted October 30th, 2018
Deadline November 12th, 2018
# of Positions Available 1
Categories Food Distribution or Storage, Aggregation facility / food hub
Type Full Time

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