Meat/Deli Procurement Manager

Job Description




The Meat Procurement Manager is responsible for the efficient buying of meat, seafood and service deli product lines assigned for the Distribution Center. Coordinate all buying activities to ensure achievement of all department, distribution center, and company profit objectives. Ensure that the highest standards of professional integrity are maintained throughout the assigned department.




  • Develop and maintain professional working relationships with division personnel and facilitate beneficial communication related to products and promotional activity to procurement team and distribution center operations.

  • Define and provide overall department goal setting and direction based on key performance indicators.

  • Interface with other department heads and division personnel to accomplish job functions. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with manufacturers, vendors, logistic companies, store operations, distribution center and division office personnel.

  • Attend key meetings to maintain awareness of programs and issues providing relevant department information in support of fundamental and strategic programs.

  • Ensure the established sales plan is understood and executed by the procurement team.

  • Participate in developing and managing Distribution P&L by providing analyses on relevant procurement data.

  • Monitor department results compared to projections, identify solutions and recommend corrective actions.

  • Review and analyze operating reports with procurement team and take appropriate action when necessary.

  • Develop and define best practices for buying team with support from Corporate Director of Procurement.

  • Manage vendor adherence to product specifications through distribution center audits and cutting tests. Ensure product specifications are in compliance with all federal, state and local regulatory and company requirements.

  • Monitor key commodity markets and provide forecast information to Sales Manager in support of future market dynamics. Obtain best possible costs, quality and service level at all times.

  • Visit stores, as needed, to monitor programs, obtain store feedback and assess overall implementation effectiveness as needed.

  • Work with Corporate Procurement Team on strategic programs where applicable to implement overall best practices.

  • Remote access (buying system) from home or off site location when necessary.

  • Train and mentor new buying team members. Responsible for evaluating team member performance.





Education Level:

  • Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent Meat/Seafood/Deli Procurement and Supply Chain experience. Specialization in Agricultural Sciences (Meat/Animal/Food) a plus.


Experience Level:

  • 5 - 10 years of experience in multiple facets of Supply Chain including Retail Operations, Buying, Logistics and Manufacturing.

  • 7+ years of Purchasing or Vendor Management experience in the retail industry; experience with a major grocery retailer chain in purchasing or strategic sourcing role with responsibility for working with major national vendors of consumer packaged goods or commodity food products.

  • 5 - 10 years of people management experience.


Skills and Experiences:

  • Strong organizational and analytical skills.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

  • Proficiency in PC systems required.

  • Strong understanding of meat and seafood commodity markets and published industry reporting platforms.

  • Must have a full understanding of regulatory requirements including those of USDA, USDC and FDA where applicable.

  • Ability to recognize and understand industry trends and impacts to the region and enterprise.

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills. Ability to make appropriate decisions in a dynamic and fast paced environment.

  • Strong planning, organizing and negotiating skills.

  • Must have the ability to represent the company's interests in negotiations with outside professionals and suppliers.

  • Ability to concentrate and deal with frequent interruptions. High degree of initiative and sense of urgency.

  • Exceptional systems skills especially MS Office and Supply Chain systems.

  • Strong detailed understanding of business operations.

  • Working knowledge of procurement, logistics, inventory management, marketing, accounting and financial management practices.

  • Demonstrated people leader: build strong relationships, hire great people, commit to the growth of individuals on team and lead by example.





  • Ability to lift 30 pounds or more.

  • Work typically performed in a temperature-controlled environment. A limited amount of time may be at temperatures of 40 degrees or lower (frozen and perishable warehouses).

  • Spends long periods of time at desk or computer terminal.

  • Uses calculators, keyboards, telephone and other office equipment in the course of a normal workday.

  • Workday is fast paced, some evening and weekend work may be required.


Company Description
Safeway Inc., a Fortune 100 Company, is one of the largest food and drug retailers with 1,300+ stores. The Safeway family of brands includes some of the most prominent brands in food retailing, with a growing base of loyal shoppers. Thanks to the professionalism, diversity, spirit and friendliness of our people, we have locations across the U.S. Supply Operations Eastern Division Distribution Center has an opening for a Facility Maintenance Superintendent. This position is in Upper Marlboro, MD. Qualifications

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