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Director, Procurement Excellence


Location: Brea HQ 

Exemption: Exempt 



Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that proudly helps food providers in the U.S., Canada and more than 60 other countries earn a special place on consumers’ tables.  We do this by continually crafting custom dressings, sauces, mayonnaises, and other food solutions that exceed peoples’ expectations for great-tasting flavors and high-quality ingredients.

Headquartered in Brea, California, Ventura Foods operates 14 manufacturing facilities, 3 culinary centers, and numerous distribution centers across North America. When you work in our manufacturing and distribution facilities, you get a strong foundation of training, a manager who cares about you and celebrates your success, a safe environment, and challenging work.  As part of our team, your future is limited only by how much you’re willing to push yourself to get there. We invest in your growth, because you invest in ours.

Position Summary:

The Director, Procurement Excellence is a senior leadership role within an organization responsible for overseeing and optimizing the procurement processes and systems. This position requires a deep understanding of procurement processes, supply chain management and strategic sourcing. The role will drive and leverage processes and systems to enable cost optimization, efficiency improvements, and effective supplier relationship management. Ventura Foods Procurement sources ~ $1B+ in ingredients, packaging materials and indirect services.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Strategy Development:
    • Collaborate with the Executive team to drive procurement evolution plan that aligns with the organization's overall objectives
    • Develop and execute  procurement excellence program within the Procurement organization
  • Process Optimization:
    • Analyze existing procurement processes and identify areas for improvement
    • Develop, implement and monitor streamlined procurement processes and best practices
  • Supplier Relationship Management:  
    • Partner with Procurement Leadership to develop and implement a supplier relationship management program, including strategies for supplier performance improvement, risk management, and total cost of ownership
  • Data Analysis and Reporting:
    • Leverage data analytics to drive informed procurement recommendations
    • Drive continuous improvements on procurement key performance indicators (KPIs) and present findings to senior leadership
  • Compliance and Risk Management:
    • Create Procurement Governance structure to ensure compliance with procurement policies and procedures
    • Implement risk mitigation strategies related to procurement activities
  • Technology and Tools:
    • Evaluate and implement appropriate procurement technology, software and systems to drive efficiency and best practices
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree, including 10+ years' experience in Procurement including strategic sourcing
  • Ability to travel 20%, both Domestic and Canada
  • Education in Supply Change Management, Procurement, Finance / Operations is highly preferred
  • Experience preferably in the Foodservice Industry and Manufacturing
  • Lean Practitioner Certification, Certified Procurement Professional (CSP) Certification
  • MBA preferred

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Proven track record of successfully optimizing procurement processes and achieving cost savings
  • Proven track record leading Lean projects and Kaizen events using industry standard tools and methods to deliver results
  • Demonstrated strengths in change management processes and methodologies including phase gate review, planning and review methods
  • Excellent training and presentation skills with solid communication capabilities and practices both oral and written
  • Ability to facilitate cross functional opportunity ideation sessions to build cost savings, continuous improvement, and innovation pipeline of projects for risk benefit evaluation
  • Demonstrates strong leadership style, team management and influencing skills

Why Join Us:

Ventura Foods offers career growth opportunities as well as competitive compensation and benefits:​

  • Medical, Prescription, Dental, & Vision – coverage beginning on your 1st day for eligible employees​
  • Profit Sharing and 401(k) matching (after eligible criteria is met)​
  • Paid Vacation, Sick Time, and Holidays​
  • Employee Appreciation Events​ and Employee Assistance Programs
  • Salary Base Range of $146,700 – $194,000 for Employees Located in California*
  • Annual bonus (based on the incentive program terms and conditions)

*The “base salary range” provided above is a good faith estimate of what we expect to pay for this position.   The range provided is for California-based employees as Ventura Foods is required by California State Law to post pay rates.  Ventura Foods reserves the right to pay outside of the given range based on a variety of factors including but not limited to: candidate skills and experience, complexity of the job, budgetary factors, and location/geography.  Ventura Foods conducts regular reviews of compensation ranges and therefore reserves the right to alter this range at any given time.



Diversity & Inclusion:

Our commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment in which all employees are treated with respect is evident in our company culture and values. We believe that fostering an environment of inclusion and a focus on diversity across our organization is vital to attracting top talent, driving innovation, and meeting the high expectations of our customers in a rapidly evolving global marketplace.


Ventura Foods is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Orange County
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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