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Procurement Manager


Chicago, IL, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Operations
  • Industry: Technology
  • Post Date: 03/16/2023
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  • Company Address: 118 N Peoria St, Chicago, IL

About Crafty

Crafty is a centralized platform for workplaces to manage food, beverage and supplies for their in-office, remote, and hybrid teams across the globe. We provide the services and technology to manage pantry, catering, cafe programs across the globe, as well as remote employee perks in the United States.

Job Description

Crafty is seeking a Procurement Manager to help reinforce and advance our procurement process efficiency. The Procurement Manager will be focused on monitoring, adjusting, and improving our procurement processes; achieving strategic and efficient deployment of spend; and overseeing our Procurement team. This person must have experience as a purchasing manager or analyst and have extensive experience that comes with the job: establishing and monitoring procurement metrics, oversight of a large budget, working in the food and beverage space, evaluating and negotiating with suppliers, seeking out new and upcoming brands, and managing the beginning of a national supply chain.

We are looking for a leader and a thought partner as we design the future of our supply chain. The perfect candidate will be responsible for root cause analysis for problems within Procurement, fixing those problems, and preventing the issues from spreading or recurring through process improvement. They will have to interface with a wide variety of folks both directly and indirectly - account managers, suppliers, warehouse teams across the nation, and company leadership. They will study sales records, inventory levels, replenishment cycles, and product lead times to identify the ideal on-hand product levels and find new sources for products. They will help build the structure of the procurement team as it stands now and as it evolves.


Who we are:

Crafty’s mission is to help companies craft better workplaces by providing the services and technology to deliver a modern, comprehensive food & beverage program for their employees, no matter where they work.  After operating with a vertically-integrated supply chain (i.e., directly fulfilling orders from Crafty-operated distribution centers) in Chicago and the Bay Area, our team launched a third-party fulfillment model that has rapidly scaled our coverage into over 25 markets globally, in just a year’s time.

At Crafty, we have a diverse, high-powered team, comprised of folks in technology, supply chain operations, field operations, sales, account management, and more. Our workplace is dynamic, fast-paced, and just plain fun; we pride ourselves on having a fantastic mix of humans who make up our team!


Who we are looking for:

Your experience (preferences, not requirements):

  • Leading a team of high-performing contributors with empathy
  • Managing product mix and assortment at a leading food and beverage brand or distributor
  • Using data analysis to engage with strong purchasing principles, such as inventory levels, cost analysis, and vendor consolidation
  • Building processes from the ground up and documenting successful outcomes through SOPs
  • Vendor and supplier negotiation; namely, negotiating contracts and executing RFQs and RFPs
  • Prioritizing ongoing daily activities with effective and strong project management
  • Leading cross-functional teams; integrating well with multiple company stakeholders

Your proficiencies:

  • Superior analytical toolset, including but not limited to Microsoft Excel, Tableau, etc.
  • Project Management; specifically, experience with Asana or similar
  • Rigorous attention to detail; extraordinarily organized
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • An ability to succeed without complete information and under tight turnaround times
  • Positive energy and an ability to lead with empathy and enthusiasm

You are:

  • Creative. You find new and inventive ways to consider Crafty’s product mix in order to meld internal profitability with an exciting selection of food and beverages for our customers.
  • Entrepreneurial. You’re willing and excited to work within a high-growth company with a limited formal structure. You’re eager to test new things and seek continual improvement.
  • On-the-fly problem solver. This individual must be able to problem-solve adeptly with teammates. We are brainstorming to build an exceptional system within our supply chain. It’s our job to WOW our clients, and it all starts with you.
  • Extremely hard working. We are a startup with the mentality that no job is too big or too small for us. You hustle because that’s just how you work.
  • Calm and collected in the line of fire. On a day when everything that could go wrong has gone wrong, you find a way to stay positive.
  • Passionate about growth. We have a bright future ahead, which depends on our team’s spirit, morale, and work ethic.

Must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination by the date of hire to be considered. Proof of vaccination is required. 

You are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 14 days after your dose of an accepted single-dose vaccine
  • 14 days after your second dose of an accepted 2-dose series
  • 14 days after you've received 2 doses of any "mix-and-match" combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines administered at least 17 days apart.


What we offer:

Our people mean everything to us. When you join Crafty, you’re joining a team of passionate, smart hooligans who work incredibly hard and know how to get things done. Building the structure to support our team as it continues to grow will have a tremendous impact in enabling our growth today and shaping the company that we become. 

Our employees are joining our team, and we are proud to offer a compensation package that includes an option to join our Crafty healthcare plan to cover health, dental, and vision plans, 401k, paid time off, equipment certification courses, and parental leave. And, it goes without saying, but snacks, beverages, and fun Crafty events are a part of that!

Crafty provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without discriminating against race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics.