Category Manager - Food Procurement

Category Manager - Food Procurement

433 W Van Buren St, Chicago, IL 60607 (Downtown) /

Corporate & Support Teams - Procurement /


Home Chef is building new ways to provide meal solutions that meet a wide variety of customer needs, and shipping locations both online and in store.  Our team is a unique mix of creators, chefs, entrepreneurs, and trailblazers and we're growing quickly. Our customer-first mentality, combined with a zest for supporting our peers, helped us bring home Built in Chicago's Startup of the Year Moxie award in 2017. If you're ready to be part of the action, we're ready to connect with you.  There are no limits to where we can go together.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to escalate in the US and around the world, we are committed to keeping our teams and their families as our greatest priority. To that end, we are making some adjustments to the way we will be doing business in the upcoming weeks.

We are taking all the necessary precautions to keep our employees and customers safe, and would love to have you on our team as we can continue to serve our communities.

Summary of Responsibilities:

Lead the end-to-end management of the category from strategy to execution in order to meet Home Chef's financial and operational goals.

Detailed Responsibilities:

    • Responsibility Area:
    • Develop and maintain category strategy
    • Own the identification, evaluation, and choice of suppliers for category
    • Coordinate, negotiate, and manage RFPs with both new and current suppliers
    • Conduct supply market analysis and collect supplier intelligence to drive sourcing process
    • Work closely with culinary team to identify new ingredient needs and test new suppliers for quality control
    • Coordinate with Cross Functional Partners to ensure all new suppliers meet Home Chef guidelines and expectations
    • Work with Procurement Operations, Warehouse and site teams to improve supply chain performance
    • Collaborate with local sites and supplier partners to problem solve regular supply disruptions and secure product in time for weekly meal production
    • Attend industry conferences to identify new trends, suppliers and/or ingredients
    • Generate, prioritize and implement new product ideas


    • 5+  years of procurement and sourcing experience (food category-related preferred)
    • Background in food and beverage industry highly preferred
    • Excellent communication, both oral and written
    • Strong data and numerical orientation
    • Proven project management experience
    • Ability to lead cross functional teams and stakeholders
    • Data-driven mindset and comfort with analysis
    • Passion for food and for working in a fast-paced, quickly-growing, entrepreneurial environment
    • Completion of 4-year degree.
    • The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability and/or other characteristics needed for this role. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.



- Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance - benefits start the 1st day of the month following your start date

- Company paid Life Insurance, Short Term Disability and Long Term Disability

- 401k Employer match -  50% on the $1, up to 6% of the employee's earnings

- We offer flexible spending accounts (FSA) for qualified Medical, Dependent Care, Parking, or Transit expenses

- Flexible paid time off (PTO) policy, plus sick days

- Generous Parental Leave

- Great Work/Life Balance - We value and support each individual team member

- Quarterly company-wide "Town Hall" meetings

- Ongoing professional development opportunities by level and function

- Your choice of Windows or Mac laptop, plus an extra screen

- Onsite gym

- Weekly Fooda credit

- Newly renovated office in the historic Old Main Post Office which is located close to multiple Metra and CTA options

- Employee discounts through Perkspot

- Discounts on Home Chef meal kits and at Kroger stores

- Casual dress in a fun, friendly and collaborative work environment

Candidates can experience Home Chef as a customer - enter promo code PEOPLE30 for $30 off your first order!

Home Chef is an equal opportunity employer.

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Home Chef
Chicago, IL 60601, US