Corporate - Supply Chain Manager in Bradenton, FL at First Watch

Date Posted: 7/15/2021

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    8725 Pendery Place #201
    Bradenton, FL
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    Not Specified
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  • Restaurant
    •First Watch Corporate Office

Job Description

We are First Watch – a high•growth restaurant concept serving made•to•order breakfast, brunch and lunch using fresh ingredients. We have built our brand on our commitment to operational excellence, our “You First” culture and our culinary mission centered around an innovative menu that is always fresh and evolving. These foundational brand pillars have resulted in strong consumer demand and operating performance. First Watch was recognized as Nation’s Restaurant News’ top Consumer Pick in the breakfast category as well as the coffee category for its Project Sunrise coffee program in 2019. It was also named one of TripAdvisor’s Best Restaurant Chains for 2019 and one of Business Intelligence Group’s Best Places to Work in 2018. We have grown from grown from 148 restaurants in 2014 to 400+ restaurants in 2021 across 29 states. In 2017, First Watch became majority owned by Advent International, a leading private•equity firm with $54 billion in assets under management.
Job Summary
The Supply Chain Manager will be responsible for leading distribution and supplier management activities (transactional and executional functions) as well as the implementation of the procurement strategy across multiple categories of spend. This role includes, but is not limited to: setting inventory levels with suppliers and distributors, reviewing proposals, supplier selection and management, invoice review and approval, project management/coordination, KPI analysis, new product development and sourcing. This is a hands•on role with limited supervision requiring initiative and drive. The Supply Chain Manager must possess broad, relevant business knowledge with and be able to ruthlessly prioritize competing initiatives. This individual must be able to communicate effectively and appropriately across and at all levels of the company as required. The role reports to the Director of Supply Chain.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities
The essential functions in this job description are not all•inclusive of this position’s duties and responsibilities. Regular and reliable attendance is required. This role reports out of the Corporate office in Bradenton, Florida.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
• Lead execution on strategies related to sourcing not limited to food, goods and services.
• Proactively introduce innovative solutions to improve the supply chain with regards to total cost of ownership and quality.
• Develop supply chain functional vision and objectives for their area of responsibility.
• Build, lead and support strategic relationships with suppliers.
• Identify secondary sources for categories to mitigate business risk.
• Lead category management process through negotiation and contract execution,
• Manage distributors with KPI development.
• Lead testing, tracking and implementation process for R&D and Operations on projects.
• Utilize a team buying strategy across multiple spend areas to deliver first time quality in all areas of service and costs.
• Analyze financial, industry and internal forecasts for products and materials and anticipates changes in cost, availability, and suitability of products.
• Manage operational, distributors and supplier•related issues, as well as other various requests as required (sourcing, product information, etc.).
• Provide various reporting and analytics as required (i.e. inventory, spend profile, etc.).
• Administer changes as required to maintain accurate manufacturer/supplier records, but not limited to, expediting the proper paperwork and track contract/price compliance.
• Network effectively within the industry; study industry publications, trade journals and market information to keep current on relevant changes in procurement.
• Collaborate with Operations, R&D, Training team and suppliers.

The ideal candidate will have the following experiences and qualifications:
• Highly proficient in MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
• Four (4) college degree or equivalent 10 years of industry experience in Foodservice and Supply Chain preferred
• Working knowledge of distribution, food categories, produce and indirects.
• Recognizes patterns in data, information and/or events; draws logical conclusions to develop recommendations
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively multi•task in a fast•paced environment
• Proven experience working with cross•functional teams.
• Displays integrity, respect and transparency in interactions with others
• Convey a sense of urgency to achieve outcomes and exceed expectations; persist despite obstacles and setbacks
• Detail•oriented; Strong organizational and time management skills; Ability to balance multiple projects simultaneously

Additional Info:
First Watch is an equal opportunity employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, First Watch will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.