Corporate - Senior Procurement Manager in University Park, FL at First Watch

Date Posted: 12/28/2020

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Job Description

First Watch is a high-growth daytime restaurant concept serving made-to-order breakfast, brunch and lunch using fresh ingredients. A recipient of more than 300 local “Best Breakfast” and “Best Brunch” accolades, First Watch offers traditional favorites, such as pancakes, omelets, sandwiches and salads, alongside specialty items like Quinoa Power Bowls, Avocado Toast and the Chickichanga. 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. There are more than 365 First Watch restaurants in 29 states, and the restaurant concept is majority owned by Advent International, one of the world’s largest private-equity firms. For more information, visit

The Senior Procurement 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 areas 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 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 essential functions in this job description are not all-inclusive of this position’s duties and responsibilities. Reliable and dependable attendance is required.

•Lead execution on strategies related to distribution and sourcing.
•Proactively introduce innovative solutions to improve the supply chain with regards to total cost of ownership and quality.
•Work with VP, to develop supply chain functional vision and objectives.
•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, distributor 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.

Additional Info:
The Senior Procurement Manager reports to the Vice President of Purchasing & Distribution and provides support to the Operations teams and functional department heads.


•Four (4) college degree or equivalent 10 years of industry experience in Foodservice and Supply Chain preferred
•Highly proficient in MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
•Excellent written, verbal communication and presentation skills
•Working knowledge of distribution and foodservice categories: i.e. food, beverage, packaging, supplies, equipment
•Recognizes patterns in data, information and/or events; draws logical conclusions to develop recommendations
•Strong interpersonal skills; displays integrity, respect and transparency in interactions with others
•Proven experience working with cross-functional teams.
•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 and shift priorities seamlessly
•Demonstrate a strong sense of ownership
•Performs with purpose and determination to achieve results on time in a highly changing environment
•Is resilient; recovers quickly from setbacks; stays positive and composed
•Embraces change with a positive, “can-do” spirit; helps implement changes and quickly adapts

Additional Physical Requirements

•Must be able to continuously view company communications, express ideas and provide written responses on paper and through digital tools
•Must be able to remain in a stationary position and move independently within an office environment
•Must be able to perform repetitive simple grasping and fine manipulation on a frequent basis
•Must be able to transport general office equipment and documents weighing up to five pounds
•Must be able to travel to and from work locations when requested/required
•Must be flexible and willing to work a varied schedule that could include nights, weekends and holidays as dictated by the needs of the business

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.