Sr. Sourcing Lead - Produce

Requisition ID 2024-16307
Job Function
Supply Chain
Position Type
Experienced Professionals
Posting Location : Location


Procurement professional with full responsibility for ensuring continuity of supply for 20+ operationally critical skus in Chick-fil-A Restaurants.  With a network spend responsibility of over $385M, the individual will work with suppliers and internal stakeholders to build and sustain the product pipeline for a +$30 Billion Restaurant Chain with over 3000 Restaurants.  Role will include managing and expanding a supplier network of over 40 partners and building robust capacity and contingency plans to continue to fuel Restaurant sales and growth.  In addition, professional will be responsible for negotiating pricing models for core items that ensure market leading cost of goods for Chick-fil-A Operators.  Individual will create and own commodity risk management strategies of responsible categories to ensure chainwide savings by leveraging the collective buying power of the Chick-fil-A network.  Effective relationship management capability required to influence external suppliers and internal stakeholders of products within category responsibilities.



Our Flexible Future model offers a healthy mix of working in person and virtually, strengthening key elements of the Chick-fil-A culture by fostering collaboration and community. 


Sourcing & Supply Continuity

  • Develop sustainable and expandable category sourcing strategy to ensure continuity of supply for all +3000 Chick-fil-A Restaurants
  • Category responsibilities include $385M of spend of produce and milkshake inclusions
  • Build and maintain robust capacity and contingency plans to ensure supply availability with Chick-fil-A’s aggressive growth curve year over year
  • Identify and select new suppliers to increase product availability for key items 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
  • Negotiate competitive market pricing with suppliers to secure favorable cost of goods for Chick-fil-A Operators
  • 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
  • 2 or more years of related experience
  • 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

  • Qualified to act as the key decision maker on behalf of Chick-fil-A to external partners

  • 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 manage workload
    25-30% travel required:  Chick-fil-A Supplier Network, Operators, Industry Conferences, etc

Minimum Years of Experience


Travel Requirements


Required Level of Education

Bachelor's Degree

Preferred Level of Education

Bachelors Degree

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