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Food Procurement Manager


Louisville, KY
ID: 213926-886

Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions, LLC, a Yum! Brands Co-op, is currently seeking a Procurement Manager, Food and Beverages to join the Food/Bakery Procurement Team.


As a member of the Bakery Procurement team, the Procurement Manager will be responsible for the procurement and ongoing category management for assigned categories (appetizers, beverages, desserts, and rice).  The Procurement Manager key result areas include strategic sourcing, supplier relationship management, supply and contingency planning, COGs forecasting, Restaurant Margin Improvement (RMI), commodity risk management, and culinary innovation and quality support. The team member will collaborate daily with various stakeholders across RSCS and all Yum! Brands concepts (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and Habit Burger Grill) and A&W All American.


Essential Functions


  • Strategic Sourcing
    • Implements the RSCS Sourcing Process for assigned food and beverage items.
    • Develop category profiles and segment category suppliers to support strategy development and supplier contract negotiations.
    • Conduct relevant spend analytics to support overall category sourcing and optimization objectives.
    • Develop RFx packages, conduct supplier bid analyses, and works with the Sr. Director to negotiate and make award decisions.
    • Create and assess total cost of ownership models to help analyze alternative, Best Alternative to Negotiating
    • Negotiate and maintain SBRAs (supply agreements) for all suppliers.
    • Develop expertise in supplier/industry production processes to analyze supplier capabilities and identify opportunities for RMI, product improvement and supply chain efficiencies.


  • Supply and Contingency planning
    • Ensure uninterrupted supply of products, both base business and promotional items to Yum! Brands and A&W restaurants by developing a strong and efficient supply chain for all assigned items.
    • Develop and document supply contingency plans related to both short and long-term capacity needs.
    • Develop supply contingency plans for potential supplier or industry-related disasters.
    • Collaborate with program managers, product developers, quality managers to prepare suppliers for promotional needs such as incremental production and new products.


  • COGs Forecasting and Supplier Item Pricing
    • Develops robust COGs models that accurately forecast key SKUs.
    • Maintain and verify accuracy of Global Pricing System and other company software applications as it relates to supplier and item setup, pricing, and freight.


  • Commodity Risk Management (CRM)
    • Support hedge strategy development and execution and direct suppliers to take positions on critical ingredients as needed to manage market risk and deliver COGs.
    • Conduct cost analysis and COGs impact as needed resulting from various hedge strategies.
    • Collaborate with CRM team on hedging programs for flour, oil and cheese where applicable.


  • Brand/Concept Support – innovation and quality
    • Enable and facilitate new product and ingredient innovation by leveraging the resources of strategic suppliers.
    • Identify and recommend suppliers for new vendor selection and best product alternatives for new products.
    • Support product development and quality assurance managers on innovation and commercialization of new products
    • Participate as a member of, and lead when required, cross-functional project teams.
    • Collaborate with quality assurance managers on specification changes, ingredient changes, and quality issues.
    • Negotiate price, capacity, order minimums, and lead times for introduction of suppliers or new products.


  • Supplier Relationship Management
    • Develop and maintain strong supplier relationships ensuring RSCS/Yum! is a priority customer for industry leading costs, supply assurance, and supplier resources.
    • Perform annual supplier evaluation and scorecard process for STAR Awards
    • Conduct annual supplier segmentation and summarize results.


Key Contacts/Interfaces

  • Bakery Team: Sr. Director, Director of Procurement and Procurement Managers
  • RSCS Procurement, Commodity Risk Management, Operations Supply/Program Management, Finance, Business Technology Teams
  • Ingredient Suppliers, Primary Suppliers, Distributors
  • Yum! Brands Concepts Product Development, Quality Assurance, Consumer Insights, Marketing, and Finance Teams
  • RSCS Executive Leadership Team and Yum! Brands Concept Executive Leadership Teams





Required Experience

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in one or a combination of the following areas: Procurement, Supply Chain, Finance, Operations, and/or Program Management.
  • Bachelor’s degree required in Business, Supply Chain, or related field. Master’s or MBA preferred.
  • Will promote and champion the RSCS World Class with Class Values (WC2): act with integrity; deliver breakthrough results; be transparent and collaborate; recognize and celebrate; be humble and respectful; serve our members; and pursue growth and lifelong learning.
  • Candidate will have an extremely high level of ambition and motivation for success, will be proactive, solutions oriented, and results driven.
  • Candidate will also have the innate curiosity to use data to make decisions and will be able to lead and influence.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with the ability to shift gears quickly.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office: Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Power BI, and Outlook
  • Ability to think strategically and entrepreneurially, while executing against tactical demands
  • Strong organizational skills, including ability to prioritize and attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong understanding of the supply chain processes including manufacturing, logistics and distribution
  • Ability to garner trust and respect of all constituents, while managing tight timelines in a dynamic environment
  • Strong analytical, planning, and problem-solving skills and capable of managing multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
  • Effective facilitator, influencer, and team builder
  • Development and execution of presentations to senior level executives
  • Proven record of establishing, building, and maintaining relationships ranging from manager to senior executive levels
  • Strong financial acumen; knowledge of cost accounting, asset ROI and financial statements
  • Ability to develop store landed cost forecasting and “should cost” pricing models.
  • Prefer prior experience with restaurant concept or CPG company.
  • Travel required – less than 10%


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