The Director of Food Sourcing & Strategic Partnerships, is responsible for leading and administering six mission critical functions, including - 1) leading and managing the development of GFN food sourcing activities which lead to more effective operations, and secure greater quantities and diversified sources of food for hunger relief; 2) in collaboration with the Fund Development function, establish or bolster existing partnership development activities with relevant national, regional and global/multi-national food corporations; 3) identifying opportunities in the commercial food system – from agricultural producers, processors, consumer goods manufacturers, to retail and food service companies – for food banks to procure surplus food and mitigate food loss and waste, in a manner practical and efficient to the food bank model; 4) providing technical assistance, information access, training, and knowledge sharing from GFN to food banks toward developing greater proficiencies in food procurement and partnerships with companies throughout the value chain.; 5) lead all product procurement activities and provide insights toward achieving GFN’s key performance indicators related to Sustainable Development Goals 2 and SDG Target 12.3; and 6) manage the development, dissemination, and evaluation of programs and services designed to facilitate scale, capacity expansion, and effectiveness of food banks in the GFN network.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Identify, develop and manage relationships with food industry and other corporate partners to drive the acquisition of relevant resources for GFN and its Members and Member Candidates.
Identify, develop and secure key relationships with global and multi-national food/consumer goods, agricultural, retail and food service corporations toward the procurement of in-kind products and commodities for hunger relief.
Identify opportunities in commercial food systems to assist Member food banks to secure greater quantities of surplus food through business solution models, diversify food obtained or “rescued,” and assist in the development of food bank-food business relationships leading to sustainable sources of product for hunger relief.
In collaboration with GFN’s Fund Development function, establish or bolster existing partnership development activities with relevant global/multi-national food and consumer goods, agricultural, retail and food service corporations.
In collaboration with field teams, develop and manage technical assistance, training, and knowledge sharing from GFN to food banks toward developing greater proficiencies in food procurement and partnerships with companies throughout the value chain.
Develop and lead all product procurement activities and provide insights toward achieving GFN’s key performance indicators related to Sustainable Development Goals 2 and SDG Target 12.3.
Actively participate in inter-departmental projects, task forces, and other special projects.
Develop and manage workplans and budgets for assigned projects.
Willingness to travel to provide direct, hands-on support to Member food banks in the area of food procurement, meet with international corporate partners, and attend global meetings and symposia of relevant trade associations and partners organizations.
The Global FoodBanking Network embraces a philosophy that recognizes and values diversity. Its goal is to attract, develop, and retain a talented, diverse workforce in a culture where all employees will contribute to their fullest potential.
BA/BS or equivalent combination of training and experience
10 years experience in the food industry, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) food procurement, or program/project management
10 years experience in food banking of similar human services NGO support capacity, preferably at a national or international scale
5 years experience in personnel/team management
Experience in developing food sourcing strategies for food banks or similar human services NGOs
Skilled in cross-cultural communications
Knowledge of food banking operational and food safety standards; experience with certification and standards enforcement preferred
Confidence and assertiveness in pursuing desired outcomes, using knowledge and understanding derived from research and careful attention to customer needs and concerns
Ability to effectively direct and supervise.
Service-minded and looks for ways to exceed expectations.
A self-starter who takes initiative and has a passion for solving problems.
Commitment to the mission of reducing world hunger through the advancement of food banking.
Intercultural competence, ability to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds
About The Global FoodBanking Network
The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) works to alleviate hunger and food insecurity by developing and accelerating the food bank model around the world. Founded in 2006, GFN now connects more than 900 food banks in more than 30 countries, primarily in emerging market economies, that serve 9.6 million people annually. GFN’s work to support food banking around the world is aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 2 and SDG Target 12.3, while being attentive to the socio-economic, cultural and food security realities unique to each community served by member food banks. GFN has embarked on a new and exciting strategic direction with an ambitious vision to better assist members to serve more of the world’s hungry, materially increase the amount of food distributed to those in need, distribute more nutrient-rich foods, and strengthen the resilience of the communities food banks serve.