sweetgreen is on a mission to build healthier communities by connecting people to real food. We passionately believe that real food should be convenient and accessible to everyone. Every day in each sweetgreen, our 3,500 team members make food from scratch, using fresh ingredients and produce delivered that morning. And in our local communities, we're committed to leaving people better than we found them. We're in the business of feeding people, and we're out to change what that means. 

Our Supply Chain team is seeking a Value Chain Coordinator based in Texas to help support the growth of our company. 

The Value Chain Coordinator has six main responsibilities:

  1. Manage the direct relationships with our growers in Texas and the greater midwest region
  2. Assess growers by using our Food & Grower Ethos to improve the supply chain
  3. Build a comprehensive seasonality-based model of product availability
  4. Crop plan with growers to ensure future supply
  5. Evaluate and integrate efficient, cost effective logistics solutions where needed
  6. Assess, respond and integrate solutions for produce quality issues

Manage the Direct Relationships with our Growers

  • Become the main point of contact with regional small to midsize produce growers and food producers
  • Build new relationships with growers and figure out how sweetgreen can best support them beyond purchases
  • Estimate FOB & freight costs to distribution centers by ingredient
  • Support any food safety related issues connected to our growers/producers
  • Understand local regulations that affect farmers
  • Fight for regional growers in your region that you believe in!

Assess Growers by Using our Ethos Continuously to Improve the Supply Chain

  • Assess new growers using our internal Grower Ethos rating system
  • Support the migration of our current grower base to implement better sustainability practices
  • Align sweetgreen with the appropriate sustainability practices and third-party verified certifications

Build a Comprehensive Seasonality-Based Model of Product Availability

  • By region, provide the Food Team with usable produce items in the necessary volume
  • Identify potential growers who are food safe certified and have an established track record in wholesale

Crop Plan with Growers to Ensure Future Supply

  • Confirm long-term ingredients with the Culinary team based on a dynamic regional produce availability list
  • Negotiate the specifications of the desired vegetable with the farmer
  • Translate sales forecasts into appropriate seed counts
  • Track the vegetable from planting to harvest to delivery into distribution centers, using sensor and traceability technology
  • Aggregate ingredients by region when necessary

Evaluate and integrate efficient, cost effective logistics solutions where needed

  • Evaluate current and future logistics needs for sweetgreen from grower to our designated distribution network
  • Propose and integrate logistics solutions where needed to create faster, more efficient and cost effective freight options for sweetgreen nationally

Assess, respond and integrate solutions for produce quality issues

  • Conduct weekly store audits to assess produce quality and source origin
  • Communicate directly with growers on any quality improvements when needed; track progress to ensure long term improvement and success

 

Desired Traits:

  • Desire to build an unparalleled food supply chain that supports farmers, sweetgreen, and our customers
  • Create win/win/win scenarios across the supply chain by tracking and organizing all of the information required to drive success
  • Ability to successfully handle many projects at once
  • Excellent communication skills, ability to communicate clearly across multiple channels and supply chain partners
  • Proficient time management, task management, and project prioritization skills
  • Place the team’s success before individual accolades
  • Ability to deeply connect with farmers, growers, and producers of all types

 

Desired Experience:

  • Familiarity and experience working with Midwest growing regions, foodsheds, farmers and producers
  • Experience working on a polycrop vegetable farm, or for a regional aggregator of local food products
  • Knowledge and  familiarity with general soil health principles and regenerative practices including but not limited to: soil biology, cover cropping, soil organic matter, carbon sequestration, no-till farming methods.
  • Bachelor's degree with technical background in Environmental Health, Food Science, Agriculture, or Supply Chain related course of study or equivalent experience
  • Experience moving perishable product through distribution channels
  • Familiarity with food-related certifications and the requirements for a grower to achieve various certifications
  • General knowledge of manufacturing and agricultural practices

 

What you'll get:

  • Competitive pay + bonus plan granted based on performance
  • Health, dental + vision insurance
  • Flexible PTO, because we respect the need for work/life harmony
  • An opportunity to make a real impact on the people around you, both by growing them and by connecting them to real food
  • To live the sweetlife and celebrate your passion + purpose
  • A collaborative family of people who live our core values and have your back
  • A clear career path with opportunities for development, both personally and professionally
  • Our annual Impact Retreat offsite
  • Free sweetgreen swag
  • Complimentary sweetgreen

 

Come join the sweetlife! 

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