The Director of Meat and Commodity will assume full responsibility for planning, developing, and buying meat and raw materials for the organization. This includes competitive sourcing, bids, recommending sourcing decisions, price and contract negotiations, problem solving and accountability for supply assurance and supplier relationships. Additionally, responsibility and execution of the company's Risk management Program, which includes strategic hedging, both physical and future-related of raw materials, energy and fuel. The emphasis for this role is on strategy, supplier development, business relationships, cost, negotiations and assurance of supply and quality.

This position will manage vendor activity and negotiations and analyze trends in vendor pricing and sales activity to determine the correct timing of purchases to increase company profitability and customer satisfaction by purchasing raw materials in a timely manner and at the lowest cost.


The Meat & Commodity Director will report to the Vice President, Procurement. They will direct 2 Buyers on their team.


  • Lead contract negotiations and grow supplier relationships to enable the purchasing of domestic and imported commodity products (fresh/frozen raw chicken, turkey, beef and pork) that are consistent with food safety, quality, reliable delivery, performance, and long term least cost.
  • Evaluate the performance of suppliers, and report results including foreign material and quality issue findings to suppliers and request a Corrective Action for continuous improvement.
  • Calculate and enter prices for purchase orders, distribute, and maintain the file.
  • Predict supply & demand numbers based on Commodity projections, meat cost projections to set future pricing.
  • Retrieves and documents market pricing from market reporting service.
  • Interact with outside supplier base, including weekly purchase agreements, issue purchase orders.
  • Audit / Tour raw material producer facilities conduct raw material ideation sessions to find alternative raw materials and cost savings opportunities.


  • Review raw material requirements, risk management planning, consult with Vice President of Procurement.
  • Active involvement and evaluation of raw material Risk Management hedge/cross hedge opportunities.
  • Maximize utilization of all available raw materials for product formulations to obtain the least-cost formulating while maintaining corporate quality standards.
  • Responsible for raw material Risk Management Plan, implementation and execution.
  • Prepare forecasts, budgets, and historical data for Raw Materials.
  • Maintain a Hedge Program file, report results quarterly for both physical and financial hedge activity.
  • Regularly review raw materials upon receiving or in cooler locations for specification adherence.


  • Maintain a Hedge Program file, report results quarterly for both physical and financial hedge activity.
  • Responsible for Energy Risk Management of Natural Gas, Electricity and Diesel.
  • Prepare budgets for Energy costs (Electricity and Nat Gas).


  • Proactively engage, lead and coach Buyers of raw materials by setting clear objectives and managing performance.
  • Core Competencies: Strategic Focus, Drive for Results, Broad Business Knowledge, Builds Relationships, Builds High Performing Teams.

  • Applies and advises and influences decisions on company policies and procurement requirements in complex situations.
  • Identifies, assesses and manages procurement risks for complex requirements throughout the procurement lifecycle.
  • Elevates the profile of procurement from a transactional purchasing role to an essential strategic function.
  • Leads the development, implementation and ongoing management of mechanisms to ensure supplier relationships are appropriately managed.
  • Undertakes complex spend analysis and applies the findings to procurement decision and sourcing strategies.
  • Leads the development, implementation and ongoing management of consistent strategies and resources for procurement risks.
  • Challenges and offers suggestions to improve procurement activities, where appropriate, including identifying opportunities.


  • 5+ years of procurement experience in a leadership role. Experience, or, exposure to commodity practices. Previous experience in food manufacturing is a plus.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Procurement, Supply Chain or related field of study.
  • Strong analytical skills, with the ability to create financial reports, model out the total cost of ownership, and conduct cost analyses. Demonstrated contract and agreement negotiation experience, including the development of negotiating plans and strategies.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite required. IFS/Radley experience preferred.
  • Local and/or overnight travel is required 25 % of the time.


The compensation package for this position is commensurate with experience and includes an attractive base salary with annual bonus incentive and a competitive benefits package.
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