Director of Supply Chain – Local, growing restaurant group

Akron OH
Depending on experience, target base range $100,000-120,000

The Director of Supply Chain will contribute to the profitability and growth of the organization through effective, efficient and timely procurement of all Food, Beverage, Restaurant Supplies (paper and chemical), equipment and smallwares products.

Oversee, manage and direct the master distributor, vendors, sourcing, contracting, cost controls and inventory management for all products. Oversee the purchasing processes in the stands, ensuring high compliance in all managed commodities and always seeking improved methods of inventory control at the stand level.

Lead, direct and develop the Commissary operations, Commissary distribution network and the Commissary Manager.

o Develop and manage the sourcing strategy and procurement activities including negotiations for all product categories
o Lead the sourcing selection process including managing samples/approvals, value engineering of products and communicating changes
o Identify secondary sources for high risk products
o Work with Operations and Suppliers to develop specifications for new and existing products
o Manage 3rd party auditors to ensure total quality
o Work closely with Operations and Marketing to create an efficient pipeline for sourced products
o Negotiate Contracts with Facilities and Operations for stand service providers

o Develop and maintain supplier partnerships including assessing vendor capabilities, following up on product issues and composing/communicating fluctuations in product usage in accordance with the marketing plan
o Provide data management and analysis, work extensively with supplier reports, unit of measure conversions, and matrices and perform due diligence gathering data for contract negotiations
o Accountability of distribution negotiations, contracts and managing distributor relationships
o Ensures suppliers are compliant with all 3rd party audits
o Ensuring the supply of all product categories at all times

o Aggressively pursue product cost savings opportunities that align with the brand
o Negotiate sustainable pricing that contributes to profitability for our company
o Identify, monitor, report and track cost savings initiatives
o Report quarterly product cost impacts and/or savings
o Forecast applicable commodity prices and communicate with the executive team


• Min 8 years progressively responsible purchasing experience required within a restaurant group with a minimum of 25 locations
• Min 5 years’ experience within the restaurant or food and beverage industry required
• Purchasing and/or contracting Beef required
• Purchasing and/or contracting Bread and/or Hamburger Buns (preferably of proprietary recipes) required
• Purchasing and/or contracting Chicken, Potatoes and Produce highly preferred
• Food & beverage related facilities and equipment knowledge preferred
• Experience with commodity trading highly preferred
• Experience overseeing commissary operations highly preferred

• Bachelor’s degree in business or equivalent experience and education required
• MBA preferred