Vice President of Food Acquisition & Volunteers

Vice President of Food Acquisition & Volunteers

  • Full Time

Website The Greater Boston Food Bank

End hunger here.

To lead all aspects of the Greater Boston Food’s Food Acquisition program while meeting annual acquisition, inventory, distribution, financial, nutritional metrics and client needs. This role will lead and oversee all facets of the food acquisition including oversight of all Material Cost Types. (MEFAP, CSFP, Food Fund, COOP, donated including Value Added Processing or VAP).  Eighty percent of the role oversees the food team comprised of 7 team members and the volunteer team comprised of 5 employees; twenty percent of the time this role assumes responsibility of strategic planning within the organization. This role will be part of the Digital Transformation team. 


Position Essential Duties and Responsibilities


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 the strategic mission. 
Responsible for goal setting, organizational department structure and talent management for the food acquisition and volunteer groups by providing clear communication and review objectives and goals
Oversee the annual work planning process and department budget of over $80 Million dollars for food acquisition and over  $500K for volunteers
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 $30+M for MEFAP, Food Fund $34M and $20+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, Development and Capacity 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. 
Follow all SOP’s for food, volunteers, finance and business practice documents.
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 the Capacity Team 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 and be an active participant in the IT Digital Strategy.
Lead or support special projects and other duties as assigned by Executive 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.
Manage and own all food company relationships, including development fundraising components. 
Over see all aspects of the volunteer network including all duties, responsibilities, budgets, AIB, Safety, training and fundraising component.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

Experience in establishing and executing sound business practices and metrics including planning and analysis. 
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

Mandatory Education and Experience


Bachelor’s Degree required; MBA highly desirable. 
10+ years’ food industry experience preferably in food sales, logistics or food procurement. 
Demonstrates the required digital competencies that result in the effective usage of the full range of digital technologies at GBFB.

Physical Demands


Ability to work in an office environment 
Ability to sit for up to 3 hours at a time
Ability to lift to 25 lbs.

Work Environment 


The job is performed indoors in a traditional office setting and involves exposure to the warehouse, vendor visits, member agency visits, with exposure to outside weather temperatures. 

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