Principal Sourcing Lead, Protein

Requisition ID 2022-12898
Job Function
Supply Chain
Position Type
Experienced Professionals
Posting Location : Location


Protein industry professional with full responsibility to ensure continuity of chicken supply alongside seasonings & marinades for the largest chicken chain in the U.S. restaurant industry, Chick-fil-A.  Role will include managing and expanding supplier network, will build robust capacity and contingency plans to continue to fuel Restaurant sales and growth.  Alongside working with our Chicken suppliers, the role will also require building relationships and managing 10+ skus for in plant Marinades & seasonings as well as our back of house Seasonings & Marinades.  In addition, professional will be responsible for negotiating pricing models that ensure market leading cost of goods for Chick-fil-A Operators.  Individual will work with the Commodity Risk team for their responsible categories to ensure chainwide savings by leveraging the collective buying power of the Chick-fil-A network.  Effective relationship management capability required to manage external suppliers and internal stakeholders of products within the protein category.  


Sourcing & Supply Continuity

  • Develop sustainable and expandable protein sourcing strategy to ensure continuity of supply for all +3,000 Chick-fil-A Restaurants
  • Category responsibilities include chicken, in plant marinades & seasonings and back of house marinades & seasonings
  • Build and maintain robust capacity and contingency plans to ensure protein supply availability with Chick-fil-A’s aggressive growth curve year over year
  • Identify and select new suppliers to increase product availability for protein, marinades & seasoning skus vital to Chick-fil-A sales
  • Conduct supplier facility visits to monitor and address any capacity or efficiency constraints that could impact product availability and or cost
  • Build relationships and influence key internal stakeholders, i.e. Restaurant Experience, Supply Chain Operations, Supplier Quality & Safety to prioritize work to ensure continuity of supply


  • Partner with Commodity Risk Management Lead to develop a strong commodity risk management strategy to ensure industry leading market pricing on key Chick-fil-A items
  • Create and gain supplier alignment on competitive and sustainable cost models
  • Partner with Chick-fil-A Menu Pricing Team to ensure alignment on potential Operator profitability impacts coming down the pipeline
  • Conduct formal pricing discussions with suppliers on a consistent cadence and perform RFPs where applicable

Supplier Relationship Management

  • Cultivate productive and effective partnerships with suppliers to ensure customer prioritization of supply availability
  • Ensure supplier certification of new suppliers that includes conducting assessments of supplier financial health, capacity capabilities to service Chick-fil-A volumes, optimal plant locations for network, product price competitiveness, brand alignment, etc
  • Set clear partnership expectations including cost, customer service, prioritizations, etc. and hold suppliers accountable to above expectations
  • Develop key performance indicators to ensure partnership alignment on supplier performance
  • Serve as the supplier relationship manager for the Chick-fil-A organization
  • Lead and finalize Master Vendor Agreement negotiations on behalf of Chick-fil-A that ensure a fair operating business framework for the partnership

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Poultry Science, Ag Business, Supply Chain, Business or other related fields
  • Demonstrates strong ethical, moral and professional standards that align with Chick-fil-A values
  • Team player with a high sense of responsibility that thrives on autonomy
  • Builds strong relationships internally and externally
  • Flexible and adaptable to a dynamic, fast-paced supply landscape
  • Capable and effective in representing Chick-fil-A to Supplier’s Executive Leadership Teams
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Self-starter who doesn’t need or want to be micromanaged
  • Clear and effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Functional Computer Skills (Microsoft Office)
  • Ability to identify the business’s top priorities to effectively prioritize workload
  • 25-30% travel required:  Chick-fil-A Supplier Network, Operators, Industry Conferences, etc

Preferred Qualifications

  • 5 years + of protein operations/sales and/or procurement experience

Minimum Years of Experience


Required Level of Education

Bachelor's Degree

Preferred Level of Education

Bachelors Degree

Minimum GPA (4.0 Scale)


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