Head of Sourcing

  • Impossible Foods
  • Redwood City, CA
  • Dec 15, 2020
Supply Chain

Job Description

Impossible Foods is addressing the most catastrophic threats facing humanity: climate change and biodiversity collapse. A global transition to a plant-based food system will turn back the clock on atmospheric CO2 levels, restore natural ecosystems and reverse meltdown in wildlife biomass.
The easiest -- if not only -- way to make our civilization sustainable is to eliminate livestock, the most dangerous technology on Earth. But humans won’t give up meat. So we need to make meat better -- more delicious and more nutritious, without animals as the underlying production technology. That means that making meat sustainably is the most important and urgent problem for the global scientific community.
Impossible Foods' mission is to completely replace the use of animals as a food-production technology by offering consumers everything they currently value about animal products -- and making products that are vastly superior to their animal analogues.
To do this, we are taking a revolutionary scientific and market-based approach. We are inventing efficient, sustainable ways to transform ingredients from plants into meat, fish and dairy foods that deliver all the pleasures and nutritional benefits consumers demand, without the destructive environmental or public health impact.
Our world-class R&D team has been building the know-how and technology platform to produce meat, fish and dairy foods from plants. Impossible Foods is experiencing rapid growth and is resolutely committed to leading all aspects of the plant-based food revolution—from discovery to commercial production. The only thing that will separate Impossible Foods from success and failure is our ability to recruit more world-class experts.
Want to join? Check out the job opening and requirements below:
This role will lead the majority of our ingredient, packaging, Co-Manufacturing and capital expenditure sourcing for the company reporting to the SVP - Product & Operations.

You Will

  • Development and execution of a procurement strategy aligned with broader company objectives
  • Category, co-manufacturing  and ingredient sourcing strategy development and execution
  • Achieve agreements that yield cost savings, continuity of supply and cash conversion cycles
  • Supplier selection, management, rationalization, performance monitoring, and reporting
  • Process improvement programs for increased efficiency and effectiveness
  • Cross-functional collaboration with marketing, engineering, manufacturing quality on DFX and LEAN
  • Collaboration with Demand-Supply, manufacturing and logistics professionals on total supply chain cost and velocity improvements
  • Organizational design, recruiting and talent management

You Have

  • Ideal candidate will have 10 - 15 years of demonstrated ability leading the end-to-end sourcing process, from early supplier engagement through negotiation and ongoing performance management
  • Capable to analyze the market, track supplier and competitive trends and build long-term roadmaps in partnership with R&D
  • Technical depth and; credibility to interact effectively with R&D leaders
  • Skilled at working with very large and powerful suppliers, where seller-power can trump buyer-power
  • Strong reputation as an outstanding negotiator; personally responsible for leading complex agreements with leading suppliers for favorable cost and supply arrangements
  • Deep understanding of cost drivers and cost models; analytical ability to connect this to favorable financial terms
  • Results-oriented leader known for employing fact-based analysis, world-class process expertise and well-honed negotiation skills to achieve breakthrough performance
  • Demonstrated ability to roll up one’s sleeves and lead by example whether digging into the data or leading a negotiation
  • Comfortable operating in a growth oriented environment maintaining a high sense of urgency and performance management
  • Significant executive presence and ability to represent one’s organization effectively with executives internally and in the supply base
  • General Management demeanor that stretches beyond procurement across the business as a whole; strategic business-mind and ability to see the big picture
  • Known as a change agent in the procurement field, having led at least one significant procurement start-up
  • Global experience and an understanding of the nuances and differences among business cultures; able and willing to travel extensively
Impossible Foods Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. 
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Food & Agriculture

Drawdown solutions

Plant-Rich Diets

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