Lead Procurement Manager

July 1st, 2022
Lead Procurement Manager

Lead Procurement Manager

  • Full Time
  • Mid-Level
  • Applications have closed
Job Category: Other
Location: The Bronx
Job Sectors: Other

Organization Information

GrowNYC is a 51-year-old environmental nonprofit organization – helping more than 3 million New Yorkers by providing essential services and taking action to make NYC a livable city, one where every person can enjoy a healthier, more sustainable life.  

Our Programs:  

·        Our network of Greenmarkets, Farmstands, Fresh Food Box sites and Greenmarket Co. ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.  

·        We blanket the five boroughs with resources like textile and food scrap collection, Stop ‘N’ Swaps, as well as free training to make waste reduction easy for all.  

·        We build and support communities and school gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, training, grants and more.  

·        We provide 70,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.  


Note to applicants on COVID safety: GrowNYC is committed to stopping the spread of Covid-19. All new hires must be able to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination during the onboarding process. Employees are also required to follow COVID safety protocols as the situation evolves, which may include daily health screenings, mask wearing, and other mitigation measures as deemed necessary by local conditions, mandates, and applicable guidelines.


Position Summary

The Lead Procurement Manager will oversee vendor management, build, and maintain strong relationships with all vendors and farm partners for GrowNYC Wholesale, New York City’s only regional food hub. In this role, the Lead Procurement Manager works with regional, sustainable, and value-aligned producers to source high quality food for community partner organizations, institutions, restaurants, retailers, GrowNYC’s internal food access programs (Farmstand and Fresh Food Box), and more. The Lead Procurement Manager is responsible for curating GrowNYC Wholesale’s product list and establishing procurement plans, schedules, and logistics to ensure necessary availability and volume needs. The Lead Procurement Manager supervises the Associate Procurement Manager and reports to the Director of Wholesale.  


Responsibilities (Include but are not limited to):


Day to Day (70%)

·       Curate three product lists per week working closely with vendors to determine availability, fair pricing, and delivery logistics 

·       Coordinate with sales team to aggregate customer orders and create purchase orders for vendors 

·       Track received purchase orders and process farmer invoices based on received product 

·       Use inventory system to stock appropriate volume of food for distribution  

·       Work with warehouse staff to assure high quality standards of product through routine quality checks and accurate physical inventory counts

·       Keep sales and programming staff up to date on upcoming offerings and changes in availability 

·       Respond to inquiries and emails from producers 

·       Champion the onboarding of all producers and the completion of required insurance and other paperwork 


Strategy and Planning (30%)

·       Develop a 3-year procurement strategy in partnership with the Director of Wholesale, Sales team, and other stakeholders

·       Develop, lead and execute strategic sourcing projects and initiatives

·       Research and expand network of producers to diversify product portfolio to increase availability and quality meet the needs of a growing customer base, including large institutional buyers 

·       Conduct farm visits annually to maintain current relationships and forge new ones 

·       Use key performance indicators (KPIs) to track progress in meeting Wholesale business strategy goals  

·       Participate in the development of an employee-led food safety plan in accordance with the Food Safety Modernization Act and in preparation for GFSI approved auditor


Required Qualifications

·        Knowledge of sustainable local agriculture/farming, food systems, food access, and/or food justice.

·        Knowledge of purchasing procedures and vendor management best practices 

·        Proficient in using computers and standard office software, including Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word) and cloud-based products (Google Drive), order management software

·        1-3 years of work experience in management and supervisory experience, preferably in an agriculture or food-related field

·        Strong attention to detail and accuracy with demonstrated experience in numerical analysis

·        Strong writing, verbal, and presentation skills to work effectively with diverse stakeholders (internal/external) at various organizational levels

·        Strong organizational and time management skills with ability to establish plans, manage a varied workload and prioritize based on program mission and goals.

·        Strong commitment to a racially and socially just food system.

·        Strong interpersonal skills and willingness to work with people from diverse backgrounds in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, including trans* and nonbinary, sexual orientation, class, and religion.


Ideal Qualifications

  • Fluency in multiple languages, including Spanish is a big plus
  • Degree in a business discipline or supply chain management field
  • 1-3 experience working as a procurement or purchasing manager
  • Valid Driver’s License for at least 1 year with a satisfactory driving record


Physical Requirements

This position will occasionally require the ability to stand and lift product weighing up to 50lbs in order to perform quality inspections.



This full-time position has a work schedule of Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm, and requires occasional flexible hours including early mornings, evenings, and weekends. This is a hybrid role with a minimum of 2 days per week in GrowNYC Wholesale’s Bronx warehouse. In-person field-based work and off-site travel (for farm/facility visits) will occasionally be necessary.



This full-time, exempt position pays $65,000-$70,000 (commensurate with experience) annually and includes benefits (medical, dental, vision, life insurance, long-term disability, pension plan, and paid time off).



Hybrid position: work location will be split between remote (New York metro area) and GrowNYC work site (Bronx warehouse or 100 Gold Manhattan office)


Apply on the link provided.

GrowNYC is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer and hires without regard to race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation or physical disability.


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